Arizona Technical Assistance

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Project Context
The majority of K-12 interpreters in the state of Arizona, and nationally, are under qualified, or not qualified, to provide deaf and hard of hearing students access to the curriculum offered in public school settings. Sixty-two percent of the K-12 interpreters working in public schools in Arizona, and nationally, do not meet the skill standard for performance of EIPA Level 3.5.

Project Focus
The Arizona Technical Assistance and Training of Interpreters in Public Schools (ATIPS) project is a one-year comprehensive approach to training designed for K-12 interpreters living/working in the State of Arizona. ATIPS is funded by the Arizona Department of Education and offers blended delivery training aimed at K-12 interpreters with proven skill.

Project Services

1) Training: Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education (TAESE) will be providing skills training to K-12 interpreters working in public schools in the State of Arizona.

This blended delivery skills training begins with Summer Face-to-Face (F2F) training to introduce participating interpreters to the training modules to be used, as well as the technology necessary for participation. K-12 interpreters enter the ATIPS Project via evaluation. This measured entering point assists both the interpreter, who receives appropriate training based on the diagnostic results, and ATIPS, which plans and delivers the training based upon the same research.

2) Technical Assistance (TA): TAESE will provide technical assistance in addressing the requirements of the Arizona State Special Education Advisory Panel and guidance on revising State special education rules and regulations.

3) TAESE provides professional development for Arizona mediators, complaint investigators, and due process hearing officers.