Interpreting for Services related to Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • 08/31/2019
  • 09:00 - 16:00
  • Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • 0


  • Regular fee for non member
  • Discounted rate for NOTIS member

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
  • 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 are teaching?

 Cindy Roat is a national consultant and trainer with 23 years’ experience in the healthcare interpreting field. With an MPH in International Health Services, Cindy has made significant contributions to the healthcare interpreting field in the areas of training, program development, policy formulation, advocacy and organizational outreach. Her written works are key resources for interpreters, providers and administrators alike. Cindy was the principal author of Bridging the Gap, and her most recent book, Healthcare Interpreting in Small Bites, is being used as an ancillary text at many basic training programs. Ms. Roat is a former Co-chair of the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care (NCIHC), a founding member of WASCLA, current chair of the Community Interpreter Division of NOTIS, as well as being known nationally as an energetic advocate for the field of health care interpreting and for language access in general.

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 ManciniMS, 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, August 31, 2019
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.

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

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

Registration?   Via the web (before midnight on August 27th)
Click HERE to register and pay online.

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

Online registration only.

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.

Refunds?  We regret that no refunds can be given after August 27th. A $10 processing fee will apply for refunds requested before August 27th.

Directions?  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.

Lunch?  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 approved by the WA DSHS. Six professional CEUs are approved by the Washington State AOC. Six continuing education credits are being requested from ATA.  Five and a half (5.5) CE credits are being requested from 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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