Registered sign language interpreters (RSLIs) and speech-to-text transcribers or captionists provide equitable communication access in the post-secondary system. Their services facilitate communication between faculty, staff and students who do not share the same language and/ or do not have the same hearing status which creates a barrier in the two-way communication and information sharing process. The two forms of text-based communication (where auditory and other information are translated into text by typing to be read on a screen) are TypeWell and Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART). Notetakers also provide a valuable support with academic accessibility.
The Post-Secondary Screen is designed to closely emulate a real life classroom situation through the use of recorded video segments. The goal of the Screen is to provide hiring institutions with the assurance that screened Registered Sign Language Interpreters have shown that they meet or exceed the minimum skill set required to successfully interpret in the Post-Secondary setting.
The Screen requires the interpreter to
- Interpret a classroom lecture into ASL
- Interpret a classroom lecture into contact sign
- Interpret an interaction between a Deaf and hearing student preparing for a presentation
- Interpret the Deaf student’s portion of the class presentation.
The Screen consists of two versions, should an interpreter be unsuccessful on one test version he/she will be provided with the other version for the following attempt.
Process and how to register:
Application – When you receive your successful screen results you can complete your application form
Application must include copies of the following:
- Confirmation of graduation from Interpreter Education program
- Completed successful written test
- Confirmation of success on CASLI Written Test of Knowledge (optional)
Email completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost – Cost of the screen is $184.00 dollars payable on the day of the Screen by credit card ( with additional service charge through BCIT), cheque or money order to: Post-Secondary Communication Access Services.
Setting a Screen date – When your application has been submitted and approved by ACE-BC you will be contacted via email to discuss the best date and time for you to take the test.
Day of the Screen – On the day of the Screen the candidate will attend the ACE-BC office at 3700 Willingdon Avenue Burnaby BC, Building SW01 – Accessibility Services Office – Room 2360
The Screen is currently taking place using the GoReact video platform and will be administered in one of the ACE-BC offices.
Interpreting Screen Assessment criteria – The Screen recordings are reviewed by a trained team of Deaf and hearing raters. They will look at the ASL, contact sign and message equivalency of the interpretations in a holistic, success oriented manner. They will review how well the interpreter understood the source message and created an equivalent target message. The raters are not looking for perfection, they are looking to ascertain if the interpreter can demonstrate the skills necessary to be successful working in the post-secondary setting.
Results – Results will be emailed to the candidate typically within 4-6 weeks of the Screen testing date. This can be impacted by availability of raters and other unforeseen circumstance.