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Rural Interpreting Services Project Announcement
The Rural Interpreting Services Project (RISP) initially was funded as a two-year pilot to provide sign language interpreting services, training,
and outreach in rural areas of the State. The pilot was extended for a third year for July 2020-June 2021.
Recently the Colorado Commission for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and DeafBlind (CCDHHDB) learned that the pilot is now a permanently funded program.
This means rural communities in the state will continue to have access to sign language interpreting services at no cost to those communities.
Sign language interpreter training and community outreach efforts will continue as well.
The Joint Budget Committee (JBC) took this step after receiving positive feedback from rural communities,
particularly Rocky Mountain Health Plans-Bridging Communications from the Western Slope.
Now that RISP is permanently funded, it will be renamed the Rural Auxiliary Services (RAS) program
and work will begin to add CART (“Communication Access Realtime Translation,” or live captioning) services.
The website address is unchanged: www.colorisp.com.
Contact Trish Leakey with any questions or comments at trish.leakey@state.co.us or 720-949-7483.