Module 1: Deaf Interpreters: Past, Present and Future

This module covers the fundamentals of Deaf interpreter practice. We look at its origins and how it has evolved over time. Learners gain an overview of the foundational skills and knowledge required of Deaf interpreters. The role of the Deaf community and interpreters in the future growth of the field and improving communication access is also explored. Learners take the opportunity to reflect on personal and formative experiences and their own potential as a Deaf interpreter.

Module 2: Consumer Assessment-Identifying Culture, Language & Communication Styles

The Deaf interpreter encounters a wide variety of languages and communication styles, education levels, physical characteristics, and socio-economic backgrounds among their consumers. In this module, learners have the opportunity to practice strategies for recognizing consumer characteristics that may influence the interpreter’s work.

Module 3: Ethnic and Cultural Diversity Within the Deaf Community

This module covers ethnic and cultural diversity within the American Deaf Community. Learners explore how biases and stereotypes are formed, identify their own, and consider how they may impact their work as Deaf interpreters. Learners also research a variety of organizations representing Deaf ethnic and cultural groups, further developing their own resources.

Module 4: Ethical Considerations and Challenges for Deaf Interpreters

This module covers ethical considerations and challenges for decision-making. Learners explore the historical development of interpreting codes of ethics and their applicability to the role of Deaf interpreter. The principles of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD)-Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) Code of Professional Conduct are examined and applied to decision-making in various situations and settings involving Deaf interpreters.

Module 5: Interpreting Theory and Practice for Deaf Interpreters

This module covers theories of linguistics, interpretation, and cross-cultural communication in the work of Deaf interpreters. Learners explore theory and practice of consecutive interpreting, simultaneous interpreting, text translation, and mirror interpreting. The module offers experiences with a number of approaches and discourse styles.

Module 6: Deaf-Deaf and Deaf-Hearing Interpreter Teams

This module covers rationale, theories and practices of Deaf-Deaf and Deaf-Hearing interpreting teams. Learners discuss the justification for teams and the critical roles and contributions of team members in achieving full communication access. The module also offers opportunity for exploration and practice of effective teaming strategies.