April 13, 2021
By: Andrés J. Gallegos, Jennifer M. Sender

Chicago, Illinois, April 12, 2021 – 2axend is pleased to partner with Robbins, Salomon & Patt, Ltd. (RSP) in recognizing the importance for the need for diverse, qualified ASL Interpreters in Healthcare Settings.  RSP also is one of the Contributing Sponsors for the 2021 Deaf in Healthcare Summit for Interpreters taking place on April 16-18, 2021.

Organized on the theme, “Connecting Dots to Ascend,” this virtual summit is designed to provide American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters with a professional platform to learn from and collaborate with Deaf and hard of hearing stakeholders, medical interpreters, and medical professionals to create a shared vision of consumer-centric interpreting experiences in healthcare settings where everyone benefits.

During this summit, more than 275 registered participants will attend workshops and panel discussions, all with the emphasis on providing interpreters with insight, solutions and best practices to position Deaf and hard of hearing clients for success. Featured presenters include Dr. Christopher Moreland, president of the Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Losses and academic internal medicine physician and associate residency director at Dell Medical School at UT Austin, and Nigel Howard, internationally renowned Deaf Interpreter and current treasurer of the World Association of Sign Language Interpreters.

While qualified ASL interpreters have elevated Deaf and hard of hearing individuals’ patient experiences and continuum of care in healthcare settings, there remains a shortage of Black and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) interpreters, let alone those qualified to interpret in healthcare settings.  To address this gap, a portion of RSP’s sponsorship will be used to create four scholarship opportunities for BIPOC interpreters and interpreting students to attend the summit.

“Diversity is critically needed among ASL interpreters, especially in healthcare settings,” said Andrés Gallegos, the founder and director of RSP’s national disability rights practice. “The subtle nuances that can be missed when the interpreter and the patient are culturally different can make a significant difference in the healthcare treatment or healthcare outcomes. We are delighted to be able to create the scholarship opportunities for BIPOC interpreters and interpreting students,” said Gallegos.

Regarding RSP’s sponsorship, Corey Axelrod, founder and CEO of 2axend, said, “RSP’s disability rights practice has got it right again – improving access to healthcare and wellness programs for Deaf and hard of hearing individuals starts with making sure this very population has access to quality ASL interpreters in these very healthcare settings. Along these lines, I am honored and privileged to partner with RSP to increase the number of diverse, qualified ASL interpreters in healthcare settings.”

Further information about the upcoming Deaf in Healthcare Summit for Interpreters, including the presenter line-up, can be found at www.2axend.com/summit.