DeafBlind Interpreting Workshop

Interpreting for DeafBlind Individuals Workshop

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Interpreting for DeafBlind Individuals

The goal of this workshop is to increase the number of professional interpreters who are comfortable supporting DeafBlind individuals.

Two main areas of concern will be addressed: role variation as perceived by interpreters who serve DeafBlind individuals and the variety of communication methods used by DeafBlind individuals. Participants will work with partners to properly assess the needs of a partner playing the role of a DeafBlind individual, then interpret from ASL source text into the appropriate linguistic method for that individual.

This workshop will be conducted in ASL with no spoken English interpretation.

Saturday, September 26, 2015 9am-4pm

Christ Deaf United Methodist Church
1040 S. Beechfield Ave
Baltimore, MD, 21229

Location is accessible for persons with disabilities Please contact Brenda Talley at [email protected] to request accommodations for special needs.

.7 CEUs in PS CEUs sponsored by CIRS

Interpreting for DeafBlind Individuals REGISTRATION:
– $70 Advance Registration by Friday, September 18, 11:59pm

By credit card or PayPal, register online at

By check payable to DeafBlind Camp of Maryland, mail (postmarked by due date) to Brenda Talley, President, DeafBlind Camp of Maryland, Inc.,
5713 Barbmor Ct., Alexandria, VA 22310

– $90 after September 18th

By credit card or PayPal online (see site above) by Thursday, September 24, 11:59pm (not accepted at the door)

By check, please do not mail your check – pay on site

CANCELLATION POLICY: Refunds granted with a $5 processing fee until Friday, September 11th, 11:59pm.

Facilitators: Brenda Talley, CI, CT, is a DeafBlind interpreting specialist and has been a passionate advocate for the rights of DeafBlind individuals since 1981 when she attended her first national conference of the American Association of the Deaf-Blind. She has been a coordinator of interpreting and support services for a number of organizations, and is the President of

the DeafBlind Camp of Maryland, Inc.

Candace Steffen Strayer, MA, CI, CT is the former chair of the DeafBlind Member Section of the RID. She has served in many roles for the American Association of the Deaf-Blind, including co-coordinator of interpreter and SSP services at their national symposium. Her linguistic research on Tactile ASL  analyzed language use between two DeafBlind signers and earned her a master’s degree in linguistics from Gallaudet University.