1st North American Conference of Sign Language Interpreters: "North America United by Interpretation" in Mexico City, Mexico
As part of AVLIC's commitment to the WASLI North America group and in hopes of supporting the newly formed Asociación de Intérpretes de Lengua de Señas del Distrito Federal A.C. (AILSDF) - our sister organization in Mexico - AVLIC will be sending 2 representatives to the 1st North American Conference of Sign Language Interpreters: "North America United by Interpretation" in Mexico City, Mexico from July 22 − 25, 2014.
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Right: Christie Reaume, AVLIC President (now Past President), AISDF President Daniel Maya Ortega and RID President Dawn Whitcher
Some logistical arrangements for the conference were delayed and because of this the AVLIC Board has been unable to notify membership of this opportunity until now. With all of the pending logistics resolved, we are able to confirm involvement in this inaugural event. As AVLIC members can see from the attached invitation letter, only the cost of flights is required for our 2 representatives to attend; local transportation, accommodations and food will be provided by our hosts in Mexico.
Members may be aware that AVLIC and the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) have been working collaboratively with our WASLI North America representative, Nigel Howard, to support our colleagues in Mexico as they establish their national interpreting association. Since the formation of WASLI, AVLIC has hosted meetings with WASLI representatives and other stakeholders during each AVLIC conference. At AVLIC 2012 and the recent AVLIC 2014 conferences WASLI, AVLIC and RID have been happy to be joined by representatives from the Mexican delegation. Future plans include a more formal WASLI North America task force which will meet annually to ensure relationships between our three countries are fostered and encouraged.
At the 1st North American Conference of Sign Language Interpreters AVLIC representatives: President Jocelyn Mark Blanchet and Past President Christie Reaume will be presenting on AVLIC's organization. Following the event, Jocelyn and Christie will be reporting back on the events of the three-day conference and will let AVLIC membership know the highlights of the proceedings. Also included will be an update on the task force and how members can support this effort.
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