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2018 WASCLA SUMMIT Together Everyone Achieves More

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Lacey Community Center

6729 Pacific Avenue SE

Lacey, WA 98503

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We are looking forward to many of you joining us at the WASCLA Summit 2018 this Friday, October 19th. Summit registration is closed as the event is sold out. While we are glad to see the great interest in language access issues, the overwhelming response also means that we are at full venue capacity and unable to accommodate everyone who wishes to attend. If you were on the wait list, an individual email message has been sent to you. This also means that there will be NO on-site registration available.

At the 2018 WASCLA Summit, we’ll delve into identifying the essential components needed to create high-quality language access services into our programs statewide. We invite you to become part of this effort to make language accessibility work for everyone. Together Everyone Achieves More –TEAM–is this year’s Summit theme. TEAM up with us to learn about what’s in place now, new efforts underway, and to work on action plans to move language access services in Washington forward.

Help us meet the challenge of ensuring that the components of successful language systems serve limited English proficient and Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing individuals. At WASCLA Summit 2018, we’ll share highlights from successful programs and best practices for improving services.

The 2018 WASCLA Language Access Summit is Washington’s only multi-disciplinary conference dedicated to language access, which we offer as a unique opportunity to focus on critical issues impacting the ability of all Washington residents to live and thrive in our communities statewide.

If you need more information or have urgent questions about the Summit, please contact WASCLA at Please note that due to our Summit responsibilities there may be a delay in responding to emails.


At WASCLA Summit 2018, participants will learn about the components of successful language services from many perspectives: state and local, cross-discipline, and from different perspectives within the field of language access. While the agenda is still in development, we are working to create informative sessions where you can learn about language access in a variety of areas, including the following:

  • A Unified Approach: Coordination of Language Services Across State Agencies.

  • State Government Language Access Updates.

  • Health Equity and Language Access.

  • Language Access at the Local Level: Models in City and County Government.

  • Language Access and Equity in Education.

  • Criminal Justice and Language Access.

The conference agenda may change due to presenter scheduling and other considerations. We will be sharing updates as they become available, and welcome you to visit the WASCLA website and our social media for the most current program information.


During the Summit, there will be time devoted to collaborate and to develop action plans to continue the work discussed. The final session of the day, Policy into Practice, will provide a time for groups to report out the discussions from the respective sessions and to formulate action plans. A resource area with exhibitors will be available. The Summit will also offer time for networking.

Keynote: Michelle Gonzalez, JD, Director of the new Washington State Women's Commission, will offer the keynote address during the lunch hour. Ms,Gonzalez previously served as a special advisor to the the Governor's Office to assist with compliance with state policies to ensure fair treatment of immigrant and refugee communities.

Washington State Supreme Court Interpreter Forum: Immediately after the close of the Summit, there will be an on-site special event, an evening forum with the Supreme Court Interpreter Commission, from 6 -8 pm at the Lacey Community Center. This is an opportunity for court interpreters and language access advocates to engage with members of the Commission to discuss issues impacting interpreters and language access practices in our state courts, including: court case scheduling; case preparation; compensation policies; continuing education; and judicial and court officer training. The Commission will use the input gathered to refine its strategic goals for the coming years. Light appetizers and refreshments will be provided. The AOC Court Interpreter Program has approved 2 general CE credits for court interpreters attending the evening event. There is no charge to attend the forum but registration is required. To RSVP or for questions regarding this event, please contact Robert Lichtenberg, Commission Staff, at
Please send your RSVP by October 5, 2018.


We invite you to become a Sponsor and/or Exhibitor at the 2018 WASCLA Summit to help further our common goal of eliminating language barriers to essential services for Limited English Proficient and Deaf individuals in Washington State. At the Summit, we make a commitment to offering an open atmosphere for collaborative exchange of ideas and to include all stakeholders in these vital discussions. The conference is attended by people working in all sectors, including administrators, service providers, policy makers, interpreters, and translators, together with advocates and community members. In order to keep the cost of attending the Language Access Summit affordable to promote maximum participation, and to provide scholarship support, we need your help! To learn how you can become a Summit Sponsor, please send an email request with “Sponsorship Packet” in the subject line to: Be sure to include a contact phone number in your message.


The Summit has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

  • Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI) 4.5 credits
  • Washington State Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) 6 credits, including 1.5 optional ethics credits
    The AOC is also offering 2 credits to court interpreters who attend a special on-site forum immediately following the Summit, to share input with the Washington State Supreme Court Interpreter Commission. See details in Program Highlights, above.
  • Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) 6.25 MCLE credits
  • DSHS -Language Testing & Certification (LTC) 4.0 credits for full-day attendance
  • Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) .8 General Studies Credits (PIRNA application required - contact WASCLA)

WASCLA applies for approval of continuing education credits from the credentialing bodies for various professionals, including attorneys, medical and court interpreters,and teachers. Credit details for each field will be shared as it becomes available; updates will be posted on our website and Facebook page, too.

If you are seeking continuing education credits from other sources, please send an email to with the information from the accrediting body for your profession. Be sure to include requirements, policies, and any costs involved for a continuing education provider. Due to time and budget constraints, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to fulfill such requests.


DATE: Friday, October 19, 2018
WHEN: Doors open at 8:30
Our program runs from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Onsite parking for the Summit is available free of charge at the Lacey Community Center.


The Olympia/ Lacey area is accessible by air, train, bus, and ride-hailing services. See the following websites for more information:


If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate at the Summit, please send your request to us by email at: Please provide us as much advance notice as is possible to allow us to process your request.


If a language barrier would prevent you or a colleague from attending the Summit, WASCLA will provide spoken language interpreter services upon request. Please provide us as much advance notice as possible to allow us to process your request; send your request to us at:


The Summit will be held at the Lacey Community Center, in Lacey, Washington, and on-site lodging is not available. Attendees are responsible for making their own arrangements for overnight stays.

To find local options, we suggest that you use popular online lodging booking tools.
Here are links to listings of Olympia/Lacey visitor information which include lodging options, offered as information only:


Your registration includes coffee and tea, lunch, and snacks. Vegetarian and gluten-free choices are available, along with limited vegan options. The registration form has a space for you to note your meal selection along with any dietary restrictions. We will do our best to select a range of food to accommodate most diets within the limited catering options available.


Please use this page to purchase your registration ticket to attend the Summit.

One-Day Admission, Attending Friday Oct 19th: $85.00


If you work for an agency or entity that requires a purchase order prior to registration, please contact us at: as early as possible so that we may process your request. We are an all-volunteer-run organization and so replies can be delayed. Thank you for understanding.


We are actively seeking sponsorship support for need-based scholarships for Summit registration. If you are interested in being considered for a scholarship, please send an email explaining your situation to We will notify applicants as soon as possible if funds become available, but regret that we cannot make guarantees of financial assistance.

If you would like to support the Summit Scholarship Fund, you may make a donation with your registration, or mail a check to: WASCLA, 1037 NE 65th St. #262, Seattle WA 98115.


WASCLA incurs fixed costs for the Summit based on the number of expected attendees, and late cancellations affect our ability to cover these costs and offer a high-quality conference for our participants. We cannot offer refunds except on the following terms:

  • Requests must be submitted in writing to

  • Before 12:00 p.m. on October 01, 2018, we can offer full refund minus a $25.00 service fee.

  • After 12:01 p.m. on October 1, 2018, no refunds will be made.

Please note that the online registration system required us to select from among pre-set options for refunds and none of these options fit our timeline and are therefore not valid for the WASCLA Summit. While the site says there are no refunds, we will honor requests for refunds based on WASCLA’s official refund policy, as explained above.

WASCLA is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization, EIN 90-0517290, dedicated to eliminating language barriers to essential services in Washington State through collaborative efforts. Donations to WASCLA are tax deductible to donors to the full extent of the law.

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Lacey Community Center

6729 Pacific Avenue SE

Lacey, WA 98503

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