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WASCLA Language Access Summit 2019

Friday, October 25, 2019, 9:00 AM

Register today for the 2019 WASCLA Language Access Summit. On October 25th and 26th, 2019, we will convene to explore pathways for creating equity for Washington residents which includes: meaningful access to language services and strengthening how services are provided in our state.  This year marks WASCLA’s 13th Summit and the theme of the Summit is Language Access Pathways to Equity: Sharing the Vision. Shaping the Future.  Every year, the WASCLA Summit provides a space to examine critical issues with colleagues who share a commitment to justice and offers a chance to support each other in this work. Since its inception, WASCLA has been engaged in ground breaking advocacy promoting language access around the state, including hosting Washington State's only conference dedicated to language access: the WASCLA Summit. We hope you register now to join us in Tacoma, Washington on October 25th and 26th for the 2019 WASCLA Summit! Today, WASCLA’s work, and the work that each of you do, is more important than ever because: Of our state’s 7.5 million people, 1 in 7 are immigrants and refugees who speak over 200 different languages. Almost 19% of residents speak a language other than English at home; of whom at least 8%—over 500,000 people—say their ability to speak English is limited. Eighty-five percent of our public-school districts enroll students who are English language learners, and many parents need language assistance to communicate effectively with teachers and school personnel. Individuals who are Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, or Deaf-Blind also face significant language barriers to core services, even though they now make up 4% of Washington’s population—about 286,000 people. Washington is one of the top states in the nation as a new home for refugees and immigrants and the wellbeing of our people is being impacted by federal policies and proposed policies that seek to reduce civil rights including language access protections. Register today to join us at the Summit to explore the components of successful language services from many perspectives: state and local, cross-disciplinary, and from different facets within the field of language access.  AGENDA While the final agenda is still in development, we are working to create informative sessions where you can learn about language access pathways to equity in a variety of areas, including the following: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: emerging issues at federal and state levels Legislative and policy updates Spotlight on Washington demographics Culturally and linguistically appropriate healthcare services Communications during emergencies Interpreting in legal settings Quality language services in schools Best practices for serving Deaf communities The conference agenda may change due to presenter scheduling and other considerations. The draft agenda can be found HERE. Additional information can be found on the WASCLA website.    CONFERENCE SPONSOR AND EXHIBITOR OPPORTUNITIES We invite you to become a Sponsor and/or Exhibitor at the 2019 WASCLA Summit to help further our common goal of eliminating language barriers to essential services for Limited English Proficient and Deaf individuals in Washington State. At the Summit, we commit to offering an open atmosphere for the collaborative exchange of ideas and to include all stakeholders in these vital discussions. The conference is attended by people working in all sectors, including administrators, service providers, policymakers, interpreters, and translators, together with advocates and community members. Sponsorship at various levels is critical to making the Language Access Summit affordable, to promoting broad participation, and to providing scholarship support to attendees. All sponsors are featured prominently in the conference program materials.  Click HERE for Sponsor Forms and Instructions CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS - CREDIT INFORMATION WASCLA applies for approval of continuing education credits from the credentialing

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1500 Commerce
Tacoma, WA 98402

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