Classes, Workshops, and Trainings

BIS provides a number of workshops, seminars and training sessions for both interpreters and businesses that work with deaf or hard-of-hearing employees and customers. We also provide customized workshops to fit the needs of individual agencies! Contact us to see how BIS can tailor a workshop to fit your needs.

American Sign Language (ASL) Basic:

  • Introduction of Basic American Sign Language and application of ASL vocabulary and grammar.

American Sign Language (ASL) Intermediate:

  • Review of ASL Basic and to incorporate ASL Intermediate vocabulary and grammar.

Deaf Awareness and Deaf Sensitivity Workshops:

  • Culture and diversity of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community's way of life.

How to Work with Sign Language Interpreters:

  • An overview of integrating sign language interpreters in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing's workplace or agency. Learn the different types of preferred sign language interpreting modes: ASL, Signed English, Oral, Cued Speech and Tactile (for Deaf-Blind).

Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance:

  • Legal guideline on ADA Compliance for agencies and businesses to integrate Deaf and Hard of Hearing employees at the workplace or agencies.

How to Work with a Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing Employee:

  • Provides an overview of how Deaf/Hard of Hearing and Hearing employees can effectively and seamlessly work together. Includes a deaf-awareness component for the hearing employees and a hearing-awareness component for the deaf employees.

How to Work with a Spoken Language Interpreter:

  • Provides insightful information on how to maximize the use of spoken language interpreters. Includes interpreter etiquette and do's and don’ts of using an interpreter.


Americans with Disabilities Act

BIS strives to provide resources and services for clients so they can comply with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) law. As long-time service providers for the Deaf and hard-of-hearing community, BIS is a rich, experienced resource for questions regarding the ADA, offering information and advice on how to ensure that your business or organization complies with the law.

Here is some background on the ADA Law:

  • Enacted in 1990 by the U.S. Congress
  • Signed into law July 26, 1990 by President George H.W. Bush
  • Amended January 1, 2009
  • It is a Civil Rights law that prohibits, under certain circumstances, discrimination based on disability
  • Disability is defined by the ADA as "a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity."
  • Title II prohibits disability discrimination by all public entities at the local (i.e. school district, municipal, city, county) and state level.
  • Public entities must comply with Title II regulations by the U.S. Department of Justice. These regulations cover access to all programs and services offered by the entity.
  • Access includes physical access described in the ADA Standards for Accessible Design and programmatic access that might be obstructed by discriminatory policies or procedures of the entity.
  • A reasonable accommodation is an “adjustment made in a system to "accommodate" or make fair the same system for an individual based on a proven need”
  • Providing sign language interpreters in person or via video is a reasonable accommodation
  • Method of communication is up to the deaf consumer
For a copy of the Americans with Disabilities Act, click here.