Mill Neck Interpreter Service (MNIS) partnered with Long Island Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (LIRID) to launch a workshop called “Emergency Press Conference Interpreting: Just the Basics,” at Nassau Community College on June 22, 2019.
Through this highly interactive session with hands-on practice in a simulated emergency press conference, the workshop covered the who, what, when, where, why and how of interpreting for televised emergency press conferences.
Presented by Jackie Emmart (MS, NIC-A, CF-L1P)—who was a staff interpreter at Boston Children’s Hospital and has worked amongst some of the most talented American Sign Language interpreters in the field—the workshop gave participants a clearer understanding of their own readiness to do this work and a better sense of what it takes for the surrounding community to support the ongoing provision of emergency management interpreting services.
Interpreters from MNIS and LIRID were immediately able to put their Emergency Conference Workshop skills to the test, as they were called upon for services at an emergency press conference held by Nassau County Executive Laura Curran and Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein in Long Beach, Long Island, after E. coli was detected in the water supply.
Curran as well as Nassau County Legislator Joshua Lafazan were instrumental in the recent passing of a bill stating that American Sign Language Interpreters must be provided at all emergency press conferences held in Nassau County.
MNIS, a non-profit agency comprised of the industry’s leading American Sign Language interpreters and Deaf Sign Language interpreters, will continue to advocate and communicate for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community and make every effort to inform this community of all emergency situations.