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Upcoming events

    • 09 Sep 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • Brightwater Conference Center
    • 1

    The Court Interpreters Division (WITS) of the Northwest Translators and Interpreters Society (NOTIS) presents:


    Larry Mitchell, prosecuting attorney for the City of Redmond, WA since 1993

    Milena Calderari-Waldron, Washington Court and DSHS Medical & Social Services Certified Spanish Interpreter

    Saturday, September 9, 2017
    9:30 – 4:30 PM
    Brightwater Center, Woodinville, WA

      CE credits approved by WA AOC and OJC for the following:
        2 General Credits and 3 Ethics Credits

     2 General Credits and 1 Ethics Credits approved by DSHS

    5 CE credits approved by ATA 

    6 CE credits approved by CA CIMCE 

    Pending approval by ID AOC for 2 General credits and 3 Ethics credits.

    9:30 - 9:55

    Bring your registration confirmation with you. ARRIVE EARLY! No sign-in for credit for morning session allowed after 10:00. No exceptions will be made.

    10:00 – 12:00


     The Duty to Seek Justice
    Larry Mitchell

    • How does a criminal case begin?
    • How does a prosecutor get involved in a criminal case?
    • Procedural steps in court
    • Prosecutor’s process in preparing offer to resolve case
    • Panel discussion: Larry Mitchell along with Tammy McAlyea, Prosecutor.
    12:00 – 12:15 Certificates of attendance for this session will be provided to all who signed in before 10:00 a.m. and stayed until 12:00 p.m.
    12:15 – 1:15 Lunch break - Lunch box provided on-site

    1:15 – 4:30 Ethics

    15 min. break

    Impartiality at any Cost?
    Milena Calderari-Waldron
    Our society has high expectations for professional interpreters. This workshop will explore interpreters’ imperative to be impartial and neutral.

    Workshop outline:

    • Axiology: impartiality, neutrality, integrity & honesty
    • Our all too human brain: heuristics, framing and cognitive dissonance reduction
    • The temptation to advocate: cultural interference and tribalism
    • I was just the interpreter: due obedience and the Nuremberg defense
    • The Good Samaritan’s duty to rescue
    4:30 – 5:00 Certificates of attendance for this session will be provided to all who signed in before 1:15 p.m. and stayed until 4:30 p.m.

    Free all-day parking.
    Brightwater Center, 22505 State Route 9 SE, Woodinville, WA 98072-6010

    For driving directions, see


    Early Bird (Deadline August 1)  Regular (Deadline September 2) Onsite (Space available basis, cash/check payment only)
    NOTIS members $43 $60 $120
     Non-members $60  $75 $120
    NOTIS student members $35 $60 $120

    Registration Instructions:
    Online: Click on the Register button and pay online.

    Each person attending must complete a separate registration.
    Regular mail: All mail registrations must be received by August 30. Fill out the form online and select “invoice me” on the payment page. A copy of the invoice with mailing instructions will be sent to you.
    Onsite registration: Available only if space permits. No membership discounts.
    Canadian registration: Please register via PayPal, or enclose a traveler’s check made payable in US dollars.

    Refunds: Refunds are available only until August 27 of 2017. A $10 administrative charge will be assessed.

    Any questions about content:
    Please contact Luisa Gracia, Court Interpreters (WITS) Division Chair at

    Any questions about registration:
    Please contact Naomi Uchida at

    If you require special assistance or services relating to disabilities to attend this event, please contact Luisa Gracia, Court Interpreters (WITS) Division Chair at no later than 3 weeks prior to the event.


    Payment must be received by August 30.

    • 12 Sep 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • North Seattle College

    Meet potential employers, companies and non-profits that buy language services, and mingle with your fellow translators and interpreters! Have your resume and business cards ready.

    This is a members-only event. 

    Location: North Seattle College, room CC1161 (map to follow). Parking is FREE to all attendees.

    • 21 Sep 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Folio, 314 Marion St. Seattle, WA 98104

    NOTIS and Folio's series of events for literary translators continues in September, as we celebrate National Translation Month. We're working with AmazonCrossing to host a translator happy hour and networking event. Come mingle, network, and hear some fantastic short readings by our members. 

    This event is open to NOTIS and Folio members only. Please register in advance so we know to expect you.

    • 21 Oct 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Seattle Children’s Hospital Administrative Building
    • 19

    NOTIS and Seattle Children’s Hospital present 

    Interpreting for Services related to Autism Spectrum Disorder 

    What is this?  This 7-hour workshop, designed for experienced interpreters, will prepare learners to provide interpreting services for patients with autism spectrum disorder, their families and the providers who serve them. Presented by two experts in the provision of autism services, this class will cover the following: 

    • Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder, including the diagnostic process and treatment options
    • The family perspective: living with autism
    • What interpreters can expect at medical and educational settings with patients who have autism spectrum disorder and their families
    • Specialized terminology in autism services commonly used in medical and educational settings
    • Interpreting practice
    • Special challenges for the interpreter

    Please note: the Autism Centers at Seattle Children’s Hospital and UW Medical Center have requested a list of interpreters who attend this workshop with the intention of giving them preference for appointments at their facilities. 

    Who is teaching?  Ginger Kwan is the Executive Director of Open Doors for Multicultural Families, a nonprofit, grassroots family support organization whose mission is to ensure that multicultural families whose loved ones have developmental/intellectual disabilities and special health care needs have equal access to information, resources and services. She is also a parent of a fine young man with autism. In both her professional work and personal life, Ginger is involved in serving diverse families with special needs. She believes that with appropriate language and cultural support, parents from refugee and immigrant communities and from communities of color will be empowered to make informed decisions and be strong advocates for their children with intellectual/developmental disabilities

    James Mancini, MS, CCC-SLP, Coordinator of Parent Education, Seattle Children’s Autism Center is a speech-language pathologist and directs education, training and outreach programs at the Autism Center. He has developed and teaches parent education courses following a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder and curates the monthly Autism 200 lecture series. He is especially interested and engaged in addressing disparities in health equity with culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Finally, he is one of the founding members of the Welcome Inclusion Initiative, a community initiative with the goal to encourage a more welcoming community for people with disabilities and social differences and their families.

    Saturday, October 21st, 2017
    Check-in at 8:30 a.m. PLEASE ARRIVE AT 8:30 to sign in.
    Class from 9:00 – 4:00, with one hour for lunch.

    70th and Sand Point, Seattle Children’s Hospital Administrative Building
    6901 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, Room 107/109. 

    $60      NOTIS members
    $80      Non-members (Click to Join NOTIS).

    Via the web (before midnight on October 18th)
    Click the register button below to pay online.

    After registering, you will receive an email confirmation; if you do not receive a confirmation, your registration did not go through.

    Via regular mail (payment must be received by October 18th)
    Fill out the form online and select “invoice me” on the payment page. A copy of the invoice with mailing instructions will be sent to you.

    Please note that participation in this workshop will be limited to the first 50 candidates to register.

    If registering for more than one person, please submit a separate registration for each.

    We regret that no refunds can be given after October 18th. A $10 processing fee will apply for refunds requested before October 18th.

    Directions to the 70th and Sand Point Administrative Building of Seattle Children’s Hospital (6901 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle) can be found at

    Free parking is available at 70th and Sand Point. When you enter the building, come down the main stairs and go right through the atrium to your right to Room 107/109.  

    In order to keep the cost of this workshop low, no refreshments or lunch will be offered and there is no place to purchase food on site. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunches, as there is a lovely atrium in which to eat. There is also a take-out deli a few blocks to the north.

    CE credits?               
    Six continuing education credits are being requested from the ATA, the Washington State DSHS, the Washington State AOC and CCHI. ATA credits are accepted by IMIA/NBCMI. Certificates of Attendance will be awarded to all who arrive on time and stay for the entire workshop.

    Anything else?         
    If you require accommodation, please contact the NOTIS Office Manager ( at least 3 weeks in advance if possible.

    Questions about class content? Please contact Cindy Roat at  

    Questions about registration? Please contact Naomi Uchida at
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