Posted on Jan. 4, 2016
When Deaf startup Aerial Productions won the International Drone Expo Pitch Competition, it served as a reminder that there is still a long way to go in overcoming barriers for the Deaf Community.
My late grandmother, who was Deaf, told me a story about when closed captions on TV first became available. She loved Westerns, and had spent most of her life watching them without any captions. She would always imagine the dialogue and the storylines as she watched them, filling in the breaks in action with her own mental scriptwriting. Years later, she watched some of her favorite episodes again with captions. To her surprise and disappointment, she found she didn’t like her shows as much. She thought the writing was superficial and the characters were nothing like she had imagined.
Access can be disappointing like that.
I recently had the opportunity to compete . . . Read More - International Drone Expo Pitchfest
The PCRID conference is just a few weeks away and we are looking for well-qualified interpreters to make the conference accessible to all.
Nov. 7 - Nov. 8, 2015
Baltimore's Inner Harbor.
222 St. Paul Place, Baltimore, MD, 21202.
Visit the website for more info and to apply!
Don't want to interpret, but want to attend the conference?
Registration prices go up on Oct. 27th; don't delay. Visit the website to register!
By Caroline Zola
A few days ago, a good friend and fellow linguaphile posted a video on my Facebook wall of Shelby Mitchusson, a hearing American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter translating Eminem’s anthemic “Lose Yourself,” signing with dramatic facial expression and full body motion as she attempts to convey the essence of Slim Shady. The video now has more than 3 million views.
In the fall of 2013, Amber Galloway Gallego became a YouTube sensation after video of her signing a Kendrick Lamar concert also garnered millions of views. Countless articles (here, here, here, and here, to cite a few) lauded Gallego's signing as “epic” and called her “a true inspiration.” Of course, what she’s doing is a service to the Deaf community. Music is something that all people, regardless of their hearing status, should be able to appreciate and understand, and to convey the rhythm and spirit of Kendrick Lamar into a form of expression the deaf and hard of hearing can process is inherently valuable. Mitchusson and Gallego went viral because their videos are not simply a detached interpretation. They're excitingly interpretive.
But what are we really doing when we label ASL with words like "epic" or "cool"? We are exoticizing and trivializing it. ASL (and all sign languages—remember, there isn’t just one!) is a language every bit as much as English, with its own rules of grammar, its own syntax, morphology, phonology, and semantics. It is not “cool” or “interesting” or “awesome," but rather a practical and evolving way of communicating that deserves as much respect as any spoken language. To share a video of someone signing with the caption “look how cool this is!” perpetuates the misconception that sign languages are somehow different, a kind of sideshow novelty at which to marvel.
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POSTPONED (will be rescheduled)
WRAP is the Wellness Recovery Action Plan that can be utilized to maintain physical and mental wellness. Interpreters can develop their own plan to keep themselves physically and mentally well in their professional and personal lives. Self-monitoring is a large aspect of WRAP and being able to identify things such as fatigue (mental and physical), compassion fatigue, and other signs of negative symptoms you might experience can prevent them from becoming overwhelming.
The workshop will be led by CW Tillman and Beth Klein and will be held at NVRC, 3951 Pender Ave, Fairfax, VA 22030. It will be held on August 15 from 6 pm - 9 pm and August 16th from 9 am - 5 pm. Lunch and snacks will be provided. 1.0 CEU’s are offered and sponsored by VRID.
Early bird registration is $90 and is through August 1st.
After August 1st regular registration is $100.
WRAP will be taught in spoken English.
Learn more and register today at: http://www.pahdeaf.org/?p=12
For more information or to request accommodations before August 1st email CW Tillman at email@example.com.
Nation’s largest sign language interpreting organization selects a nationally-recognized Deaf community leader
and staunch advocate with outstanding nonprofit organizational leadership.
See RID President Brenda Walker Prudhom's signed video announcement here>>
|Alexandria, VA – November 29, 2012 – The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. (RID) today announced the appointment of Shane H. Feldman as its new executive director. Feldman, a nationally-recognized Deaf community leader, advocate and nonprofit professional, has been instrumental in advancing the rights of the community at the local, state and national levels including the right to qualified sign language interpreting services. Starting January 1, 2013, Feldman is responsible for the ongoing and consistent achievement of RID’s Strategic Plan and for the implementation and completion of initiatives set forth by a board of directors and the association members. ...continue reading "Shane H. Feldman Named New Executive Director of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc."