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NO to RFP 13-X-22538 based on American Sign Language service

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The Deaf and Hard of Hearing community of NJ opposes the RFP (Request For Proposal) 13-X-22538 based on the following principles.

American Sign Language is not comparable to Foreign Language translation and is protected additionally under the Americans with Disability Act and other NJ state disability legislatives.

The provisions of the RFP will change the best practices of the interpreting profession, which is developed based on research, collaboration with the deaf community of over 40 years. The state shouldn’t be in the position to change what the best business practice of the interpreting profession.

Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DDHH) has established a “going” rate base on the collaboration for prices for all services brought through DDHH. If other programs/divisions/departments are not utilizing uniformed pricing across the board, then it needs to be brought under control through that form. By utilizing an agency – you’re definitely doubling the cost of services provided at the expense of the state.

There are provisions to file a complaint against individual interpreters who are registered with the national registry of interpreters. There are NO set standards for agencies providing American Sign Language and no way to file complaints regarding services provided by the agencies. By providing contracts to the agencies, both the interpreters/ consumers will lose their voice in filing a complaint, providing feedback, etc.

As of today, even though RFP does not state, it was told that the state’s RFP is expected that the agencies bidding on services MUST be able to fulfill all aspects of the other 3 areas (spoken languages (in person/phone), and written language).

We ask you all to sign the petition letter below against the Sign Language portion of the RFP. Families and Friends (including out of the states) of NJ Deaf consumers, please share this petition on your Facebook, Twitter, emails and more. We need to reach our goal of signatures by December 28. We appreciate your time and support!

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