Boys Town EIPA Forms New Partnership, Improving Opportunity in Educational Interpreter Community
Tuesday, March 15, 2022
The Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) Center at Boys Town National Research Hospital and the National Association of Interpreters in Education (NAIE) are joining forces to strengthen educational interpreting across the nation.
Both Boys Town Hospital and NAIE believe students who are deaf, hard of hearing or deaf-blind have the right to access educational environments using highly qualified sign language interpreters. This partnership between the two foundational educational interpreter organizations will accelerate the advancement of educational interpreting services and will have an immensely positive impact on the interpreter community. Boys Town Hospital and NAIE will collaborate in numerous ways, revising the EIPA written test, updating the classroominterpreting.org website and providing support for educational interpreting initiatives.
About the Organizations
Founded in 1999, the EIPA Center at Boys Town Hospital focuses on supporting the unique skills required for sign interpretation in k-12 educational settings by offering mentoring, workshops and EIPA tests to aspiring interpreters. Boys Town Hospital also provides screenings to help administrators make interpreter hiring decisions and offers trainings to interpreters to assist them in skill and knowledge enhancement.
NAIE plays a vital role in advocating for interpreters in education by working to assist in the complex challenges they face. NAIE provides support to its members by identifying best practices through continuing education, networking, resources and other professional opportunities.