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Enhancing the Deaf Communitys Ability to Self Advocate for

    NCIEC Deaf Advocacy Team

    Enhancing the Deaf Community’s Ability to Self Advocate for the Right to Communication Access

    Letter of Invitation

    Phase 2

    Development of a Curriculum that Enhances

    the Deaf Community’s Ability

    to Self Advocate for the Right to

    Communication Access

    September 28, 2007

    Application Due Date:

    Electronic submission Only by November 15, 2007

    Application is available online on NCIEC Website and in print.

    Please read this entire Letter of Invitation (LOI) before beginning this application.

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    NCIEC Deaf Advocacy Team

    Enhancing the Deaf Community’s Ability to Self Advocate for the Right to Communication Access

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    I. Purpose ........................................................................................................................................ 3

    II. Funding ........................................................................................................................................ 3

    III. Background .................................................................................................................................. 3

    IV. Project Overview .......................................................................................................................... 4

    V. Who is Eligible to Apply? ............................................................................................................. 5

    VI. Contact Person for the Application ................................................................................................ 5

VII. Specialized Terminology Used in this LOI .................................................................................... 5

    VIII. Project Requirements .................................................................................................................... 5

     Use of Phase 1 Findings ........................................................................................................... 5

     Other Research ......................................................................................................................... 5

     Use of NCIEC Resources ......................................................................................................... 5

     Review of Evaluation Methodology ......................................................................................... 6

     Incorporation of NCIEC Core Values and Mission ................................................................... 6

     Deliverables ............................................................................................................................. 7

     Budget ..................................................................................................................................... 7

     Administrative Requirements ................................................................................................... 7

     Required Progress Reports ....................................................................................................... 7

     Ownership of Deliverables ....................................................................................................... 7

    IX. Application Guidelines.................................................................................................................. 7

     Application Cover Sheet........................................................................................................... 7

     Applicant Capability ................................................................................................................ 8

     Project Plan .............................................................................................................................. 8

     Budget ..................................................................................................................................... 9

     Appendices .............................................................................................................................. 9

    X. Application Checklist .................................................................................................................... 9

    XI. Application Format ....................................................................................................................... 9

    XII. Application Submission Process .................................................................................................... 10

    XIII. Technical Assistance ..................................................................................................................... 10

    XIV. Selection Process .......................................................................................................................... 10

Appendix

    Application Cover Sheet ............................................................................................................................ 11 Definitions Used in this Application .......................................................................................................... 12 Phase 1 Findings ....................................................................................................................................... 14

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    NCIEC Deaf Advocacy Team

    Enhancing the Deaf Community’s Ability to Self Advocate for the Right to Communication Access

I. Purpose

    Through this Letter of Invitation (LOI), the NCIEC Deaf Advocacy Training Work Team seeks one entity to carry out the activities associated with the development of a training curriculum that will enhance the 1Deaf Community’s Ability to Self Advocate for the Right to Communication Access. This project

    represents the second phase of a three-phase project.

    More specifically, this LOI allows for the development of a professionally designed curriculum that includes: 1) an instructional plan that reflects interactive learning, along with the plan’s related print and media materials; and 2) a train the trainer curriculum with accompanying instructional manual/guide.

    The successful applicant will utilize the findings of Phase 1 of the project (described below) to develop an advocacy training that is culturally relevant and linguistically appropriate for the greater grassroots Deaf Community, and modified for Deaf individuals often referred to as “language challenged” or “low

    functioning.” Based on the findings of Phase 1, the format for this educational program should not rely on

    online or distance learning delivery methods. In all cases, the project must include diverse Deaf community involvement in the curriculum development.

II. Funding

Funding Award: $50,000

Funding Period: February 1, 2008 December 31, 2008

    Source of Funding: National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers (NCIEC), as a part of the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration, #H160C030001, Training of Interpreters for Individuals Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and Individuals Who Are Deaf-Blind.

    Funding Availability: This funding opportunity is one of three separate projects. Subsequent funding for projects beyond this contract is subject to funding appropriations by the U.S. Department of Education and the outcomes of each previous contract in the overall project.

III. Background

    In October 2005, the U.S. Department of Education awarded funding to five educational institutions to establish a National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers (NCIEC). NCIEC is comprised of one national and five regional interpreter education centers.

    The Consortium has been charged by the federal government with the task of promoting and providing effective educational opportunities for interpreters, with the goal to significantly increase the number of qualified and credentialed interpreters in the field. It is believed that this goal is best achieved by working in partnership with others, by forging collaborative links and facilitating practice and product sharing among interpreter education service providers, practitioners, educators, and consumers nationwide. In keeping with this practice, this project relies on consumer involvement in all aspects of it’s programming, with a specific focus on interpreters working with consumers of vocational rehabilitation services.

     1 For purposes of this application, the term Deaf Community refers to Deaf, hard of hearing and Deaf-Blind individuals primarily served by Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)

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    NCIEC Deaf Advocacy Team

    Enhancing the Deaf Community’s Ability to Self Advocate for the Right to Communication Access

    One important initiative of the NCIEC is the development and delivery of a nation-wide Deaf Community advocacy education program. This LOI represents the work being down toward this initiative.

NCIEC Core Values

    NCIEC is dedicated to the advancement of interpreter education and service to the Deaf Community. It is the hope and intent of the NCIEC that its core values are incorporated into the activities of the project. NCIEC’s vision and mission statements are as follows:

Vision:

    Envision excellence and abundance: A community of interpreters fluent in language and culture, engaging in critical thinking, and responsible for meaning transfer.

Mission

    To build and promote effective practices in interpreting education. NCIEC draws upon the wisdom and energy of experts, consumers, and other stakeholders to advance the field.

    The National Consortium is dedicated to challenging the status quo by promoting innovation, strong partner networks and multiculturalism throughout its programming. As responsible stewards of public funding, the Consortium is committed to products, programs and services that maximize resources and are replicable, measurable, sustainable and