LUNA Language Services has been chosen to be the Coordinating Unit for the state of Indiana beginning on July 1, 2014. For us old-timers out there, this is “the state contract” that is often referred to out in the interpreting community. What this contract means is that American Sign Language interpreting requests that come from or for the state of Indiana, particularly for Vocational Rehabilitation, will be funneled through our agency.
For interpreters, these jobs are typically for Rehabilitation Counselors for the Deaf (RCD) and their Deaf or Hard of Hearing clients receiving VR benefits, for interpreting jobs otherwise related to the state government, as well as college or trade school classes that have Deaf or hard of hearing students placed in them. We will be filling these jobs with on-site interpreting, Video Remote Interpreting for appropriate situations and CART services, should the assignment dictate. On-site assignment will vary in length from an hour (or less) all the way to semester work in post-secondary settings. VRI work is done with a half hour minimum and, if criteria are met, can be done from your home or at another secure location.
Though this is a time of transition for all the stakeholders involved including the Deaf community, the interpreting community, state agencies and representatives, we are very excited about the opportunity to provide the best interpreting services possible in collaboration with Indiana’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services. Moreover, LUNA is committed to partnering with select agencies around the state in an effort to tap into their local interpreting resources to better serve their own Deaf communities. Our partnering agencies are:
- Deaf Community Services, Indianapolis
- Deaf Link, Fort Wayne
- Community Services for All Deaf, Granger
- Trade Winds Deaf Services, Merrillville
- Connections for the Deaf, Evansville
- Rauch, Inc., New Albany
In an effort to be better stewards of taxpayers’ money, DHHS and the state has tasked LUNA, as the Coordinating Unit, to make sure we are doing our best to maximize interpreter location, skill set and availability, while minimizing common coordinating mistakes and excessive travel and mileage costs. We would love your feedback (good and bad) on our progress, to make sure we are doing our utmost to fill the state ASL interpreting needs.
In order to be considered for State work, you must have a current Indiana Interpreting Certificate (see https://secure.in.gov/fssa/ddrs/2712.htm for more information on the IIC). Additionally, we ask that you fill out our online Interpreter Interest Form and send us a current resume to jobs@LUNA360.com.
We thank you, in advance, for your participation in increasing the quantity and quality of interpreting services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals across the state.
For questions or concerns feel free to contact our Director of ASL Services, Rebecca Buchan at rebecca@LUNA360.com.