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A Matter of Access

A New Studies in Interpretation Volume Explores the Intricacies of Sign Language Access

What does it mean to be a professional? What is the appropriate relationship between a professional and a consumer? How does society’s growing incorporation of technologies into everyday interactions complement and complicate these relations? These questions and more are explored in a new study by author Jeremy L. Brunson. Video Relay Service Interpreters: Intricacies of Sign Language Access, the eighth volume in the Studies in Interpretation series, considers the complexities of video relay services, constraints on access imposed by regulatory processes, and future directions suggested by 21 formal interviews with video relay service interpreters.

“Sign language interpreting is about access,” notes Brunson. “The simplicity of the statement, however, belies the actual work that goes into producing, facilitating, and providing access. Access occurs through people’s doings, both visible and invisible, both paid and unpaid. That is, access is the product of someone deciding to ask for an accommodation. It is the result of someone creating a line item for Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) or an interpreter. Someone makes a call, someone schedules a service, someone makes a decision to accept or decline a particular assignment, and, if all goes well, someone shows up and provides access.”

Throughout his book, Brunson examines the work that deaf people and interpreters do in an effort to receive and provide access. He illustrates the way that this work is being reorganized as part of the “new managerialism,” which focuses on percentages and other numbers rather than effective interpreting. Each chapter moves the reader further from people’s actual doings and into the extralocal regulatory agencies. His analysis of these regulatory processes will demonstrate how a practice that aims at fostering communication access based on each individual’s needs is replaced by efficiencies embedded in texts.

Read chapter two, “The Architecture of Access,” and use your exclusive subscriber discount of 20% off when you order Video Relay Service Interpreters. For online orders, type “MAY2011” in the box labeled “use promo code” next to the checkout button. You may also order by mail.

Deaf and Disability Studies: Interdisciplinary Perspectives elicited the following review from CHOICE magazine: “This collection represents a conversation between Deaf studies and disability studies. Ranging from history and anthropology to dialogue and personal narrative, the works explore the contradictions within d/Deaf studies and their relationships to disability studies. For example, resistance to the label of ‘disabled’ is represented by ideas of deafness as another world or culture and not a disease or disability. This promotes ableism even as it empowers resistance to conformity to ‘the hearing world’ and to pathologization and medicalization. The contributors discuss cross-cultural experiences of deafness and the current outlines of debates about language and educational rights, orality, and bilingualism. Lakshmi Fjord makes the argument that audiologists’ resistance to sign language instruction for very young deaf children recapitulates colonialist narratives that barred the learning and teaching of indigenous languages. The book sections are framed with orienting questions that focus reading and facilitate the use of this book as a textbook. It would be nice if pediatric audiologists read it. Summing Up: Recommended.” Edited by Susan Burch and Alison Kafer, Deaf and Disability Studies presents 14 essays by renowned scholars on Deaf people, Deafhood, Deaf histories, and Deaf identity and their intersection with general disabilities activism, alliances, boundaries, and overlaps. Read an essay from part one, and order your copy here.

In From Integration to Inclusion: A History of Special Education in the 20th Century, author Margret A. Winzer focuses on key dynamics that consist of a retrospective overview of the paradigms that emerged from and shaped special education; a critical assessment of past progress and reform, including failures and disappointments; and an analysis of the theoretical diversity within the discipline. The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education gives high marks to Winzer stating: “From Integration to Inclusion would be an excellent text for those teaching a course on the history of special education to upper division undergraduate or graduate students. Winzer helps readers see that historical knowledge of special education will deepen our understanding and ability to critically evaluate current challenges and approaches to educating special students.” Read chapter seven, “Going to Public School,” and order From Integration to Inclusion.

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