Louisiana Commission for the Deaf (LCD)

Louisiana Commission for the Deaf and Innivee Strategies Announce State-Wide Interpreter Needs Assessment Project

Louisiana Commission for the Deaf and Innivee Strategies Announce State-Wide Interpreter Needs Assessment Project

Among LCD’s 2022-2024 Strategic Priorities

From now through the end of 2022, the Louisiana Commission for the Deaf (LCD) will conduct a needs assessment of the current state of American Sign Language / English interpreting throughout the state of Louisiana. This project will support one of the 2022-2024 LCD strategic priorities, which is to establish interpreting standards and systems, “which define, describe, and incentivize new expectations for and oversight of the quality of ASL interpreters, including those in educational settings.”

Three Areas of Focus

LCD has contracted with Innivee Strategies, Inc., an organizational and leadership development firm to lead this need assessment project. Innivee Strategies will focus on three deliverables:

  1. Gathering key data from LCD and its stakeholders on expectations for interpreter standards for the state;
  2. Conducting a comparative assessment of similar frameworks in other states; and,
  3. Developing a comprehensive report with recommendations for a multi-year implementation plan.

Innivee Strategies first began working with LCD in 2020 on developing the organization’s strategic priorities.

Positioned to Make Fully Informed Decisions

LCD and Innivee Strategies wish to recognize that interpreting is a complex issue with many different perspectives with different groups that are invested in the process: Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing individuals, interpreters, agencies, training programs, and more. Innivee Strategies’ goal through this project is to position Louisiana to make fully informed decisions and communicate this information with stakeholders, through a community- and data-driven approach to the needs assessment project.

Innivee Strategies will work closely with LCD to achieve a gradual yet proactive approach to transforming the state of interpreting in the state. The result of our work aims to provide the interpreter and Deaf communities in Louisiana with a clear path forward toward the future they wish to achieve with interpreter standards in the state.

Please watch for more information from us later this summer. For questions, email [email protected].

About Louisiana Commission for the Deaf

The Louisiana Commission for the Deaf (LCD) provides people who are d/Deaf, DeafBlind, and hard of hearing with programs, services, and resources to ensure full communication access to the world around them. Staff work closely with members of the d/Deaf, DeafBlind, and hard of hearing communities to continuously improve programs and services to meet their needs.

About Innivee Strategies, Inc.

Innivee Strategies, Inc. provides organizations with systemic frameworks that enable them to build a strong strategic decision toward their desired vision. We engage leaders and stakeholders in collaborating together to choose the best governance model, set leadership, staff, and volunteer expectations, align and optimize resources, and manage change. Innivee Strategies is a leading search firm in the recruitment and placement of executives and leaders of organizations that serve the Deaf and hard of hearing community. Our services also include Effective Governance, Organizational Assessment, Strategic Planning, Change Management, Executive Support Systems, Leadership Development, and Guided Facilitation. Please visit our website at www.innivee.com to learn about our clients and their testimonies about how our services have benefited their organizations.