A Comprehensive Guide to Interpreting in Special Education Settings within the Public School System (2 parts)

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Presenter: Maria Pia Allende

María Pía Allende is a highly accomplished language professional originally from Argentina, with over two decades of experience across a diverse range of industries. She earned her BA degree in Translation of the Spanish-English Language from the School of Languages at the University of Cordoba in Argentina. She also holds a certification in Communication and an MBA.

As the former Executive Director of the Mental Health Institute (MRI) of Palo Alto, a family therapy nonprofit organization, María Pía is well-versed in simultaneous and consecutive interpreting of mental health workshops, individual and family therapy sessions, substance abuse and Intensive Outpatient Program therapy groups, and parenting classes. Currently, she specializes in interpreting special education meetings where she has also served as an advocate for children with special needs.

Description: Gain a deeper understanding of the differences between an advocate and an interpreter, and learn the do’s and don’ts of interpreting in special education settings. Determine whether consecutive or simultaneous modality is more appropriate in certain situations and understand the procedural safeguards that are in place to protect students with special needs. The presenter will provide invaluable insight into the fundamentals of different types of meetings, including Annual and Triennial IEPs, Initial Assessments, and 504 plans. She will also provide examples of the jargon and acronyms commonly used by professionals involved in each of these meetings. After this training, you will have a solid foundation to work as an interpreter in a special education setting and help bridge the communication gap between educators and families.

CEUs*: 0.2 RID CEUs, 2 CEUs with CCHI and DSHS, , 0.2 IMIA/NBCMI CEUs (Registry ID 23-1102, valid until 5/10/2025)

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