Bringing you the latest in Deaf, ASL, and Interpreting news:
- The Exam Development Process got updated with new information about the HI and DI test for interpreters. Soapbox— using “etc.” in formal writing is lazy
- D.C.’s Deaf Community Seeks a Seat at the Table in This Year’s Elections — the Deaf community in DC (which, naturally is big, strong and educated via Gallaudet) is fighting to make the political process better for Deaf people (kudos to Derrick Behm, my friend, for continuing his advocacy)
- Sign Language Isn’t Just for Babies - continuing the tradition of recognizing that ASL is perfectly acceptable for hearing children but not nearly as accepted for youth and adults. An odd aspect to our American society.
- How you can get people to take you seriously as a young entrepreneur — why is this in the news today? Because, as I’ve said many times (and written it repeatedly in previous posts), interpreters are their own business and brand. Many of these same tips for entrepreneurs perfectly aligns with new and seasoned interpreters.
- When words fail: Police try to bridge gap with county’s deaf residents — West Palm Beach receives training from a local Goodwill chapter on ASL and Deaf culture issues.
- Teen explores sign language as art, chosen for congressional art contest — cool piece here. A young hard of hearing lady raised with LSL (listening and spoken language) created a beautiful piece of art about visual language and American Sign Language. It will be placed in Congress for viewing.
- “It’s really fun,” Program at Piedmont schools teaching children the importance of sign language — Always good for young children to be exposed to other languages and traditions. Provides jobs for ASL teachers, the Deaf community, and is an upstream recruiting technique for future interpreters and advocates.