Language access webinar series planned

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (RELEASE) - The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) Office of Health Equity is encouraging service providers and other residents to learn more about language access rights through an upcoming webinar series.

“Many people understand the need to make sure their services are accessible and welcoming to people with physical challenges,” said Lillian Zuniga, WDH Office of Health Equity program manager. “Yet most are unsure about their responsibilities to help those who speak a language other than English.”

The planned webinar series offers community members, health and human service agencies, healthcare providers, law enforcement, education and concerned citizens an opportunity to learn more about language access rights, as well as other related civil rights and protections.

Zuniga noted language access is a civil right protected by federal law.

Webinar details include:

Session I: Language Assistance Services
Wednesday, 3/20, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Register at https://tinyurl.com/yyq8o7wf

Session II: Language Access Planning
Wednesday, 4/17, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Register at https://tinyurl.com/y5s5toou

Session III: Beyond LEP: Effectively Communicating with Individuals with Disabilities Wednesday, 5/22, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Register at https://tinyurl.com/y53r5q3c

Ian Shipps, supervisory investigator with the U.S Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights will lead each webinar session.

The series is being offered in collaboration with the Wyoming State Network for Language Access (WYSNLA). For more information, contact Zuniga at lillian.zuniga@wyo.gov.