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How to Work Effectively with an Interpreter

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How to Work Effectively with an Interpreter
The People with Disabilities ACT 2003 requires that all organizations, service providers, companies or institutions, both private and public adapt the environment to provide reasonable accommodations as well as provide resources (such as interpreters, note takers, assistive devices, etc) so that the establishments and presentations are completely accessible.
Kenyan Sign Language Interpreters Association (KSLIA) in its continuing effort to provide information, support and equal access to the Kenyan Deaf community has listed, circulated a Code of Ethics - standard practices, and a Registry of Interpreters in Kenya in order to assist you in your communication needs. This information should prove helpful to both the hearing and Deaf/Hard of Hearing who may be using an interpreter (s) for the various Interpretation needs.
Because the Deaf/Hard of Hearing community is varied in the methods of communication, a vast majority of Deaf Kenyans uses Kenyan…

Halting the Mask of Benevolence:- Empowering the Deaf Kenyans

As a friend to the Deaf People in Kenya and throughout the world, I have come to appreciate and be part of a dynamic culture, heritage and history of the Deaf Kenyans. I have met some of the most brilliant people in this community and worked with some very excellent programs working with the Deaf. However we have had several organizations come to Kenya masquarading as missionaries of benevolence helping and giving hope to the Deaf Kenyans. This has become a multi million venture where people of great intentions are sucked into the unending cycle of oppression, dictatorship and neocolonialism disempowering the Deaf leaders and reducing it to beggers and sweets/cigar peddlers and hawkers. In 1985 SHIA and the Swedish Deaf people helped Kenya form and manage a national Deaf association. 20 Years later we are back at zero due to lack of capacity and empowerement. This is not to discredit SHIA or paint black it’s good name, we acknowledge and are thankful for the benevolence and goodwill …

Jack Owiti - Bio

Here is a brief intro and bio from various sources...

Mr. Jack Owiti is a team player, self-initiator with ability to communicate effectively across cultures and enjoy taking on challenges as opportunities for growth and advancement. He holds among other qualifications a Bachelors Degree in Theology -  Deaf Ministry Leadership, Advanced Certificate in Sign Language and Interpretation, an Honorary Diploma in Theology – Chronological Bible Storying for the Deaf and Oral Communicators. He has been involved with the disability movement in Kenya in Special Education especially Deaf Education working with Deaf Opportunity OutReach (DOOR International) training Deaf pastors and planting indigenous Deaf congregations across Kenya; US Peace Corps placing volunteers working in Special Education settings partnering with teachers in the schools of the Deaf, training of Interpreters and mentoring teachers for the Deaf. Recently he has been actively involved with various Deaf related consultancies a…