The Advocacy, Education, and Outreach committee is responsible for promoting advocacy in regards to legislative issues pertaining to members of the interpreting profession, as well as those impacted members of the Deaf community. The committee is responsible for educating organizations and entities about current laws, professional standards and/ or needs regarding the provision of qualified interpreters. The committee also seeks to identify and strengthen relationships and partnerships with other stakeholder groups and organizations.
Number of members: Chair, plus 5
In addition, according to Bylaws, FRID President is an ex officio member
Carrie is currently working as a community interpreter with experience in a variety of professional settings: medical, mental health, legal, conference interpreting, secondary and post-secondary education, VRS/VRI, and performing arts. She graduated from the ITP at St. Louis Community College in 1996 and began her interpreting career working for the State of Missouri. Carrie has been nationally certified since 2001 and has an EIPA 4.4 (ASL/Secondary). She is passionate about legislative issues regarding licensure for sign language interpreters in the state of Florida having previously served as the chair of the governor appointed Board of Interpreter Standards (BIS) in Indiana. A Tennessee native born to a hearing family, she relocated to Palm Harbor, Florida and is the proud mom of two beautiful KODAs, Brooke and Ryan. In her free time, Carrie enjoys camping with her family and spending weekends at Universal Studios.
Deborah Gibson, Lisa Schaefermeyer, James Smith
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