Interpreter Workshop: Am I Seeing it Right, But Saying it Wrong? 1/19/19

Workshop Location:
Deaf Bible Society
230 Westway Place, Suite 101
Arlington, TX 76018

Event Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019
Event Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (1.5 hour lunch on your own)

Cost: $45 per adult; $15 per student

Providing a voiced interpretation for a Deaf presenter has some unique challenges. Suppose they open their story saying their family has three generations of Deafness, or maybe they discuss their oral education, and later explain that they learned ASL at a residential school and finally ending their story as a mainstreamed student. What do we say?

Research shows that uninitiated (hearing) people do not attach the same meaning to terms that we have come to use so freely when we are interpreting. When we inadvertently incorporate jargon, subject-specific vocabulary, and culturally-rich terms in our interpretation, we actually create distance between speaker and attendees. This workshop will provide interpreters ways to manage Deaf-centric terminology, thus helping interpreters to render a more comprehensible interpretation.

Attention will be given to techniques that aid in developing greater receptive ability. Additional topics include vocabulary/register, recognizing numbers/fingerspelling, regional sign production, and semantically rich signs. Participants will have an opportunity to utilize a voice interpreting matrix in small groups.

Reserve your spot today at

Space is limited to 36 participants.

William F. Ross III, a child of Deaf parents, has been interpreting for more than 32 years and holds dual certification (CI/CT) from the Registry of Interpreters of the Deaf. He has a Master of Science Degree in Special Education from Missouri State University. Currently, Bill is the Curriculum Development Specialist at Deaf Bible Society (DBS), where he develops training and resources for consultants who work on Bible translation in sign language. Prior to coming to DBS, he was the Program Director of the Carlstrom Interpreter Training Program at North Central University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is passionate about building mentoring relationships, studying ASL, and accompanying interpreters on the journey of interpreting.

• DBS is providing this workshop as an opportunity for safe, respectful learning and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, hearing status, gender, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military
status, or any other protected class.
• TSID is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for Continuing Education Activities. This Professional Studies program is offered for 0.55 CEUs at the “Some Content Knowledge Level.”
• Language of Presentation: The workshop and discussions will be conducted in spoken English.
• Activity approved for RID and BEI CEUs.
• For refund information and special accommodations please email
[email protected] by January 2, 2019.

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