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September 4, 2019 | San Francisco Chronicle
"As California moves forward with legislation that could turn many independent contractors into employees, some industries are vociferously protesting that the changes could hurt their workers and raise costs for consumers.

Assembly Bill 5, sponsored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, saw its chances of becoming law rise this week when  Gov. Gavin Newsom threw his support behind it.  The bill has passed the Assembly and two Senate committees and this month will head to the Senate floor, where a strong Democratic majority is likely to pass it. Newsom, Gonzalez, labor leaders and other AB5 proponents say it would provide basic safety net protections like unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation for hundreds of thousands of misclassified workers.

But some opponents say that many people who would become employees under the bill want to remain independent contractors, and warn of a ripple effect hitting their customers." Read more.
MORE COVERAGE: check out InterpretAmerica's new post here: "Assembly Bill 5: Urgent Lessons for Our Profession."

September 2, 2019 | The Conversation
When we speak, our sentences emerge as a flowing stream of sound. Unless we are really annoyed, We. Don’t. Speak. One. Word. At. A. Time. But this property of speech is not how language itself is organised. Sentences consist of words: discrete units of meaning and linguistic form that we can combine in myriad ways to make sentences. This disconnect between speech and language raises a problem. How do children, at an incredibly  young age , learn the discrete units of their languages from the messy sound waves they hear? Read more .
September 2, 2019 | The Telegraph (India)

V. Ramaswamy began to translate Subimal Misra by accident. If such things can be called accidents. Misra is by no means an easy author. The stories of this avant-garde, reclusive Bengali writer can seem elusive, ungraspable; the prose is sprinkled with deliberate misspellings and the lettering can look like a design by itself, with the point size suddenly increased. The text can be interrupted by giant graphics. His subjects can be “horrible”, says Ramaswamy; though essentially about the human condition, they often dwell on brutal, savage aspects of life.  Read more.
At American University on October 12, 2019.

Promoting Collaboration among Educators, Families, and Researchers
This conference is for program directors and administrators of community-based heritage language schools; members of the language communities involved in these schools; and directors and leaders in public, private, and charter schools who are interested in working with community-based heritage language schools.

This webinar marks the release of a  policy brief  that explores program and policy opportunities to improve home visiting services for immigrant and DLL families currently underparticipating in these programs due to a lack of culturally and linguistically responsive programming and other barriers.  Learn more here!

The New Hampshire Association of World Language Teachers (NHAWLT) is getting ready for its annual state conference and we would like you to be a part of it! We welcome back our annual exhibitors and new exhibitors alike! Some of you have already registered with us and we are very happy to have you on board again! 
Registration is now open!
Our venue this year will be Mill Falls at the Lake (Church Landing) in Meredith, NH on  November 8-9, 2019 . We have digitized our registration and payment process. All exhibition information is located at the NHAWLT website at  www.nhawlt.org  under Conference Information.

The National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL) has announced that they are seeking an applicant for the role of Assistant Director or the organization. Interested candidates should visit their website for more information.

From LanguageLine Solutions: Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act  covers a lot of terrain. Many public agencies lack a specific understanding of their communication responsibilities to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing under Title II.

September is officially Deaf Awareness Month. In recognition, we are hosting an upcoming webinar called “ ADA Title II: Understanding the Communication Responsibilities of State and Local Agencies .” During this webinar, leading ADA and disabilities rights expert  Julia Sain  will outline requirements for state and local government agencies when communicating with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities they serve. She will also address attendee questions. Learn more here!

Young children of immigrants and Dual Language Learners (DLLs), who make up one in four and nearly one in three young children in the United States, respectively, are important targets for home visiting programs as they are disproportionately more likely to face risk factors such as poverty and low parental education levels.

This webinar marks the release of a  policy brief  that explores program and policy opportunities to improve home visiting services for immigrant and DLL families currently underparticipating in these programs due to a lack of culturally and linguistically responsive programming and other barriers.  Read more.
Solicitation Number: N0017419Q0044
Agency: Department of the Navy
Office: Naval Sea Systems Command
Response Date: September 24
Solicitation Number: W91YTZ19R0167
Agency: Department of the Army
Office: US Army Medical Command
Location: Regional Health Contracting Office - Atlantic
Response Date: September 11
Solicitation Number: 70LGLY19QGLB00094
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Office: Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC)
Location: Procurement Division
Response Date: September 13
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