By investing in a faculty rich in diversity, skills and experience, Joseph Featherstone believes Interpreter Education Programs can enhance sign language interpreting students’ readiness while upholding high standards of practice. There’s been a lot of focus on interpreter readiness, especially for recent graduates of Interpreter Education Programs (IEP). As a Deaf person who often uses
Recommitting to the principles of civility aligns sign language interpreters with the Code of Professional Conduct while fostering positive interactions both online and in person. I have always believed strongly in the school of hard knocks. As a sign language interpreter, I have held the opinion that sensitivity is not a luxury we can afford
It’s time for a reboot of sign language interpreter education. Two-year interpreting programs should become pre-professional programs that lead to a bachelor’s degree in interpreting. As professional sign language interpreters and sign language interpreter educators, we all understand the difficult work we are tasked with and we recognize when it’s working and when it’s not.
Carolyn Ball presented Does the Past Hold the Answer to the Future of Sign Language Interpreting? at StreetLeverage – Live 2014 | Austin. Her talk will examine how the profession of sign language interpreting might be very different if 50 years of recommendations had not gone ignored. You can find the PPT deck for her presentation here. [Note from StreetLeverage: What
Brandon Arthur sits down with CIT President Leslie Greer and past CIT President Carolyn Ball to discuss the organizations 35 year history and the important contributions made to the field of sign language interpreting. For more interviews and coverage, click her
Carolyn Ball, Ph.D, CI/CT is currently The Executive Director of the VRS Interpreting Institute (VRSII) in Salt Lake City, Utah and Adjunct Professor at the University of North Florida. Dr. Ball received her B.S., and M.A. in Administration from Brigham Young University—then earned her Ph.D. in 2007 in Adult Education from Capella University. She has
If the work we do as sign language interpreters requires that we convey messages not only with words but also with our demeanor, shouldn’t we consider what our demeanor conveys? I propose that demeanor is the face of civility and the effective use of civil behavior can enhance all aspects of the sign language interpreting