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View the Everyday Work of Deaf Interpreters

World-Renowned Scholars Build on Previous Research to Portray Practices of Deaf Interpreters

While the journey for many Deaf interpreters (DIs) has not been an easy one, Deaf people are increasingly working in a broader number of domains in many countries around the world. In this first-of-its-kind volume, 17 widely respected international scholars depict the everyday practices of Deaf interpreters in their respective nations, and add to the growing body of knowledge relating to Deaf interpreters.

“While this is by no means an exhaustive compendium of this topic,” acknowledge coeditors Robert Adam, Christopher Stone, Steven D. Collins, and Melanie Metzger, “it is the first attempt that collates the work done to date to present a discourse that includes: a definition of a Deaf interpreter, the kind of work Deaf interpreters undertake, the ways in which Deaf interpreters work, the kind of training available for Deaf interpreters in some places around the world, and how Deaf interpreters work with Deaf Blind people.”

Discover more about the inner workings of DIs in the introduction, and order your copy of Deaf Interpreters at Work, the 11th volume in the Studies in Interpretation series. Save 20% off the regular price by ordering online or by mail using the code “JUN2014”.

Recently, Reference & Research Book News published an exceptional evaluation of Turning the Tide: Making Life Better for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Schoolchildren by Gina A. Oliva and Linda Risser Lytle: “Arguing that more action is needed for equitable access, the authors draw on interviews and online surveys they conducted with deaf and hard of hearing individuals who were the only hearing-impaired students in their school (who are now ages 18 to 34) to describe how to make the school experience better for them. They discuss friendships and social access; identity development; interpreters and other placement issues; the current system, including the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), advocacy and reform efforts, and the phenomena of itinerant teaching and interpreting; summer and weekend programs; and the work of deaf and hard of hearing parents, advocates, and scholars.” Read more about this new study in chapter three, “The Struggle to Shape an Identity,” and order Turning the Tide online or by mail.

“This book offers profound insight to the stories of families with at least one deaf family member raising children bilingually using American Sign Language (ASL) and English,” states a reviewer in the current issue of the Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education. “As a qualitative study, [Bilingual Deaf and Hearing Families: Narrative Interviews] offers a solid contribution to the field and leaves one appreciating the depth of choices and thoughtfulness inherent in parenting children with a difference.” The complete review is available online. Bilingual Deaf and Hearing Families describes the experiences of ten families who have at least one deaf family member, emphasizing the importance of family support for deaf members, particularly through the use of both ASL and spoken and/or written English. Read the interview with The Stevenson/Gavins Family; order Bilingual Deaf and Hearing Families online or by mail.

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