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Deaf Interpreter Screening - Questions and Answers

Welcome Message

Hello! I am Peter Skarp, project coordinator for the OIS DI (Deaf Interpreter) Video Skills Screening tool.

I am excited to announce the establishment of a new OIS Deaf Interpreter (DI) Video Skills Screening.  This screening is only available to Deaf Interpreters in Ontario. This is an exciting time as we formalize the standards and expectations for Deaf interpreters working for OIS. The screening procedure for Deaf Interpreters is similar to that required for ASL-English Interpreters.  

To become a Deaf Interpreter, you must meet the criteria in PATH 1 or PATH 2 

PATH 1

 

 

Path 1 applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a current Deaf Interpreter Member of AVLIC or
  • OIS registered for the last 3 years or
  • Must have worked approximately 20 hours in the past year. A letter of reference from current employers in either ASL via video or written English is required or
  • Hold a CDI from RID 

PATH 2

Path 2 applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • At least one year of experience (10 hours or more) as a Deaf interpreter. A letter of reference from current employers either in ASL via video or written English is required and
  • Video or letter of reference from two Deaf consumers and one hearing, current OIS interpreter or a COI interpreter (preferred) and
  • In the last 3 years, have completed at least 30  hours of workshops on interpreting, ethics and professional conduct, or Deaf interpreting 

Who can take the screening?

How do I prepare for the DI screening?

Can I attend only one day of the workshop?

Will I get reimbursed for transportation, hotel and meals if I live more than 3 hours away from Toronto?

What if I do not meet the criteria for Path 1 and 2?

When is the deadline for submitting my application?

If I meet the criteria in Path 1 or Path 2 am I required to take the pre-screening workshop?

When can I take the DI Video Skills Screening?

Where can I take the DI Video Skills Screening?

Is there a fee to take DI Video Skills Screening?

What happens if I pass the OIS DI Video Skills Screening?

What happens if I do not pass the OIS DI Video Skills Screening? 

 

Who can take the screening?

Deaf Interpreters who meet the criteria in Path 1 or Path 2 are eligible to take the Deaf Interpreter Video Skills Screening.

How do I prepare for the DI screening?

We will provide free pre-screening workshops at CHS Toronto for Deaf Interpreters who meet the DI application criteria for either Path 1 or 2. The pre-screening workshops will be held at CHS Toronto on

  • Saturday, January 23, 2016 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday, January 24, 2016 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm  

OR

  • Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday, February 7, 2016 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Test Taking Strategies: This two day workshop will provide information on OIS, an opportunity for hands on test taking, role plays, and constructive feedback. The competencies and rubric used by the raters will be shared. Mock screenings will also be available and participants will experience actual test taking that simulate the DI Video Skills Screening.

Can I attend only one day of the workshop?

No, participants are expected to attend both days of the pre-screening workshop.

Will I get reimbursed for transportation, hotel and meals if I live more than 3 hours away from Toronto?

Yes, participants who live more than 3 hours away from Toronto will be reimbursed for transportation, hotel and meals.

What if I do not meet the criteria for Path 1 and 2?

For those who do not meet the criteria for Path 1 and Path 2, but who are interested in becoming a DI for OIS, please contact Program Manager, OIS Registration email: oisregistration@chs.ca for further information.

When is the deadline for submitting my application?

Send your resume and reference letters, in either ASL via Video or written English, to the Program Manager, oisregistration@chs.ca  by January 8, 2016.

If I meet the criteria in Path 1 or Path 2 am I required to take the pre-screening workshop?

No, you are not required to take the workshop but it is strongly recommended that you do.

When can I take the DI Video Skills Screening?

The screening will be offered during the following time period:

  • Monday, February 8th to Sat, February 13th
  • Tuesday, Feb 16th to Sat, February 20th

Where can I take the DI Video Skills Screening?

When you book your screening the Program manager will discuss the most convenient location for you to take the screening. Please contact OISregistration@chs.ca  for further information.

Is there a fee to take DI Video Skills Screening?

No, the screening is offered free to all eligible candidates.  

What happens if I pass the OIS DI Video Skills Screening?

Candidates who are successful on the DI Video Skills Screening continue with the OIS registration process which includes a Knowledge and Attitude Interview,  vulnerable sector check, CHS LMS Online training, etc.

What happens if I do not pass the OIS DI Video Skills Screening?

Candidates who are not successful on the OIS DI screening can re-test in 6 months. OIS will offer training and workshops to help you prepare for the test.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at pskarp@chs.ca or skype: pskarp.chs 

 

 

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