Interpreter Workshop: Am I Seeing It Right but Saying It Wrong?

“Am I Seeing It Right but Saying It Wrong?”

Saturday, January 26, 2019

9am to 12:00pm, 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Presented by: William F Ross III

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 to render a more comprehensible interpretation.  Attention will be given to techniques that aid in developing greater receptive ability.  Additional topics:  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)

This is a free workshop sponsored by Purple Communications!

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), he was the Program Director of the Carlstrom Interpreter Training program at North Carolina University in Minneapolis, MN. Mr. Ross was previously the Director of the Communication Access Support Services Department at North Carolina School for the Deaf (NCSD); where he established the NCSD Mentorship Project and Distance Learning Mentoring Program to provide ongoing support to educational and freelance interpreters.  He is passionate about building mentoring relationships, studying ASL and accompanying interpreters on the journey of interpreting.

Location: University of Nebraska,

6001 Dodge St,

Roskens Hall 302,

Omaha, NE 68182

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Requests for accommodations must be submitted to by January 16, 2019.

Purple Communications is an Approved RID CMP sponsor for continuing education activities. This Professional Studies program is offered for 0.6 CEUS at the Some Content Knowledge Level.   Purple Communications promotes and supports policies of non-discrimination and an environment that is mutually respectful and free from bias.