From time-to-time, ASLIA offers financial support to its members as well as to interpreting communities in the Australasia/Oceania regions.
The Creating Opportunities Fund has a strong history of offering support to our colleagues living within our shared geographic region.
As well, with the support of deafness sector organisations, ASLIA has been able to assist some of its members to attend the ASLIA National Conference (ANC).
ASLIA itself has very limited funds at its disposal. It is important for members to remember that whilst ASLIA collects your membership fees, it passes 80% of your membership fee to your state branch. It is for this reason that ASLIA does not have a Bursary of its own.
Finally, ASLIA provides infrastructure support for the Kathy Walsh Memorial Sponsorship, which does provide certain ASLIA and SLIANZ members with the opportunity to attend the ANC.
Creating Opportunities Fund
Interpreters in Australia are fortunate to be able to access training opportunities, have health and safety supports, a Code of Ethics, and to be paid for their work. However, signed language interpreters in developing countries may not share these benefits. Therefore, to support our colleagues in developing nations, the ASLIA Creating Opportunities Fund (COF) was established in 2007.
The Fund provides support to interpreters — and by extension, to the Deaf communities — from developing countries (or countries developing their interpreter profession) in the Australasia/Oceania region. Stage one of this project has provided the opportunity for interpreters from countries in the region to come to Australia for professional development and networking opportunities, including attending the ANC and ITNS. In 2014, the Fund shifted to stage two, which provides for the sending of Australian interpreter trainers to developing countries to deliver professional development.
It is hoped that the Creating Opportunities Fund initiative will receive financial support from interpreter associations, interpreting agencies and from individuals. These donations are essential to the fund to provide support to eligible interpreters.
Kathy Walsh Memorial Sponsorship
Kathy Walsh (nee Hassan), was an Auslan-English Interpreter and ASLIA member, who actively engaged in Professional Development (PD) throughout her career, and also encouraged many other practitioners to undertake PD.
The Kathy Walsh Memorial Sponsorship (KWMS) provides $500 towards one ASLIA National Conference (ANC) 2018 registration to specifically support a member to engage in 2.5 days of PD, learning, networking and socialising with other delegates.
The KWMS is aimed at current ASLIA members who are NAATI Certified Provisional Interpreters (Auslan and English) at the time of submitting the application and still hold this certification at ANC 2018. It is also aimed at current Sign Language Interpreters Association of New Zealand (SLIANZ) members who have completed either the Diploma in Sign Language Interpreting or Bachelor of Arts NZSL-English Interpreting at the time of submitting the application.
Applications closes 5.00pm (AEST) 16 May 2018.