Organizing Dialogue, Experience and Knowledge for Complex Problem-Solving

Latest: The Deaf World is Watching. Will we respond?

by • December 12th, 2013

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Click here for a related vlog (in American Sign Language) The second day after Mandela’s Memorial we were greeted the news that the so-called fake interpreter Thamsanqa Dyantyi/Jyantie is schizophrenic. (His claim and apology is being met with a mixture of belief and doubt.) Whatever sympathy he gleans should be suitable to his illness. This does not […]

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Latest: Peak Connectivity and Social Resilience

by • July 14th, 2013

What if we gamed Twitter?

The “intersection” in this blog entry on social resilience involves computer science and brain science. Combining the social aspect of resilience with the human-computer interface and education has potential to enhance sophisticated problem-solving around the globe. For instance, what if we gamed Twitter?

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Latest: Growing Pains: Emergency Management Interpreting

by • June 9th, 2013

Emergency Management Interpreters may be needed in any/all emergency support functions.

One of the legacies of persistent discrimination is pent-up emotion. Lack of services and humane consideration adds up and seeks outlets. Get a group of sign language interpreters and Deaf people together to work on solutions to bad or absent communication and inevitably a flood of frustration will arise. This energy was very effectively re-directed toward […]

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Latest: Emergency Management Interpreter Training in Massachusetts

by • June 8th, 2013

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Use google to search for #demx and use Twitter to participate in spreading information about the professionalization of a new subfield in emergency management interpreting. Introduction to the Incident Command System and Interpreter Strike Teams Discussion during this introductory module demonstrated the importance of interpreters taking four of the FEMA courses offered free online before […]

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Latest: English Transcript for “Holding Time: The Significance of Deaf Interpreters”

by • June 4th, 2013

What’s the real difference between CDIs (Certified Deaf Interpreters) and ‘regular’ hearing interpreters? It’s not only language and internalized culture….Something else that could be described simply and taught to interpreters to help them realize one thing to do differently.

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Latest: Being Meaningful: Everyday Practices of Resiliency

by • May 23rd, 2013

“We need to practice how we’ll play.”

Practicing how we’ll play means identifying gaps and weaknesses and moving to fill them. Washington DC Fire Chief John Sollers’ message is “We need to practice how we’ll play.” His message is aimed at fellow firefighters and professional first responders who have not yet been in a situation of needing to communicate with and understand a Deaf person who uses American Sign Language. Practicing how we’ll play means learning how to work with ASL interpreters to recognize differences in meaning and co-construct mutual understanding without erasing those differences or artificially forcing a meaning that is not actually understood. Learning how to communicate with the involvement of a third party is a skill that transfers to all kinds of communication situations, including cross-discipline communication in English as well as intercultural communication with non-English speakers of all kinds.

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Latest: Interpreting Effectively for Deaf Victims of Violence

by • May 20th, 2013

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This is an important workshop from the VERA Institute of Justice; I learned a lot and began the process of toughening up my own trauma responses. I know my trauma reactions can be elicited in the presence of violence and accidental severe injury. Taking this workshop is a conscious effort in the direction of being […]

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Latest: Interpreting During Disasters / CRID Annual Meeting

by • April 18th, 2013

  Download the pdf to print and submit the Registration Form.

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Latest: Anti-Deaf Hate Speech #NOTFUNNY

by • February 14th, 2013

What's happening VB? You just realized the beauty of communication using a visual-gestural human language!

Fox News, Boston affiliate channel 25, and Doug VB Goudie should be sued for hate speech. Seriously. Denying Deaf people the right to information in a language they can understand is violence. Ridicule of their language is an act of violence on a continumm that begins with disregard and ends with people dying because they […]

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Latest: Appealing to a greater vision for INTERPRETING

by • January 6th, 2013

Response to Stephanie Clark’s vlogs about linguistic equality (between American Sign Language and English) and training for Certified Deaf Interpreters. Training and dialogue in ASL are stepping stones to bigger challenges: such as creating a market for CDIs to get work and choosing to trust each other as allies even when we sometimes let each other down. If we focus on the bigger goal, more of the necessary steps will fall into place naturally.

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