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I grew up with a great uncle who was deaf. His father didn’t allow him to learn to sign (“he’d look like a freak”), he wasn’t allow to get a job, get married, or drive a car. My uncle communicated through basic notes and some home signs/gestures. In spite of this, Uncle Harry tried to be independent. He’d ride his bike all over and he tried to teach us kids about the animals on the family farm.
His isolation and dependency on the family had a tremendous impact on me. Because of his life, I learned to sign, became an interpreter, and taught Deaf children. No Deaf person should be denied the opportunity to accomplish whatever they dream! The work we do here at Goshen College provides well trained interpreters who go out and bridge the communication gap between Deaf and hearing people.
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)
Indiana Chapter of RID (ICRID)
World Association of Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI)
Conference of Interpreter Trainers (CIT)
INT 301 Interpreting 1
INT 305 Medical Interpreting
INT 320 Sign to Voice Interpreting
INT 401 Interpreting 3
INT 409 Senior Interpreting Internship – supervise
INT 410 Senior Seminar
INT 310 Performance Interpreting (elective)
INT 380 Specialty Areas of Interpreting (elective)
Doctoral Study – December 2016:
An Evaluation of an American Sign Language Interpreting Internship Program
I teach a variety of workshops in Indiana and around the country, such as:
Vital Signs – Interpreting in Medical Situations
Introduction to Legal Interpreting
Space: The Final Frontier
7 Expansion Techniques
Constructed Action and Constructed Dialogue in ASL
Optimizing Independence for Deaf Students
Say What?? THAT!
Wake the Kids Up
English! How to Use ASL When Interpreting Language Arts/English
ASL: Compare and Contrast with Sentence Structure Review
I volunteer in the office and create the monthly newsletter
I am currently the chair of the Outreach Committee
I am also the Member-at-large for the board
Director of ICRID RAPS – I identify an article or webinar each month and create questions related to the presentation. Interpreters answer the questions on their own and then meet in small groups around the state to discuss how the article and questions relate to their work.
CMP Chair – I process CEUs for ICRID members through our national organization RID.
I am a volunteer usher for The Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend, IN.