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Northeastern University’s American Sign Language and Interpreting Education Program was awarded a U.S. Department of Education Rehabilitation Services Administration grant for $2.1 million to build on the successes of the Center for Atypical Language Interpreting (CALI). The project addresses the growing demand for interpreters with specialized skills to serve Deaf and DeafBlind persons with atypical language.

The five-year project officially launched on October 1, 2021. Plans include expanding the reach of the Program of Study – comprised of facilitated online modules, practical application week, and supervised induction – to interpreters in 20 not-yet-served areas of the country. Teams of subject matter experts will create content on interpreting with elder Deaf people whose language may be atypical due to aging and neurodegeneration, and immigrants whose first language is neither ASL nor English. Further, in response to needs expressed by CALI trainees, facilitators, and induction supervisors, we will deepen the language assessment, teamwork, and mentoring elements of the program. Self-directed online modules, with above-described content enhancements, and other stand-alone resources will be available to all interested stakeholders. Stay tuned to this website for more information.

The contents of this website were developed under grants H160D210001 and H160D160002 (ALN 84.160D) from the Department of Education. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. (Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1221e-3 and 3474.)

The National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials (NCRTM) website is the central portal for accessing rehabilitation training resources. The site features robust search capabilities, a star quality rating system, enhanced usability and accessibility, and most importantly, new resources. Site content includes high quality training materials that cover a range of topics relevant to the rehabilitation and education communities. Additionally, while the clearinghouse focuses on current materials, an archive of NCRTM resources dating back to the 1960s will remain available.