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Audism: Guilty as Charged?- 0.3 CEUs


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Racism! Sexism! Ageism! Classism! Audism! Ableism! Anti-Semitism! How many and how much of these “isms” are a part of your core belief system. Are you an unconscious willing participant in the oppression of others? Surprisingly, the interpreting and Deaf Community commit some of the most overt acts of audism.

Audism describes the mentality that to be able to hear and to speak is necessarily better and leads to a higher quality of life. On this basis, different forms of discriminating behavior against deaf and hard of hearing people may arise even within the interpreting community.


Through a discussion format, this webcast will explore what are the possible causes and their outcomes. We will look at how the mentality of audism manifests itself in the resulting audistic behaviors of interpreters toward their clients and their interpretations. Source material will include excerpts from “Audism Unveiled” by Benjamin Bahan, H. Dirksen Bauman and Facundo Montenegro, as well as other interpreters and members of the Deaf Community.


  1. Participants will be able to describe at least two forms of audism.
  2. Participants will be able to list at least five forms of oppression.
  3. Participants will be able to define dysconscious audism.


**This webcast meets the PPO requirement for RID**

Additional information


0.3 Professional Studies

The Betty & Leonard Phillips Deaf Action Center is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for continuing education activities. The Professional Studies program is offered at the 'Some' Content Knowledge Level.



Refund Policy

We will have recorded version of every webcast available. If for some reason you cannot attend the webcast at the scheduled time, you may watch the recorded version later. Because of this, we cannot offer refunds. If a webcast is cancelled, you will be given credit to view another webcast, either live or archived.

Target Audience

Working sign language interpreters

Presenter Information

David W. Hylan, Jr., Ed.D., CI/CT, LA Level V
David holds a doctoral degree from the Louisiana State University – Shreveport in Leadership Studies and a Master of Science degree in Deaf Education from Lamar University. He has been the executive director of the Betty and Leonard Phillips Deaf Action Center for the past 31 years. He has provided over 40 years of professional services as an interpreter and mentor. David is one of the founding members of the Louisiana Coalition of Service Providers and People Acting for Change and Equality (PACE).

David has provided interpreting services on the college level, medical, legal, and governmental situations. He serves as an RID Local Test Administrator. He is a member of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, the Louisiana Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, and the Louisiana Association of the Deaf and International Leadership Association. He has conducted workshops on the national, state, and local level in the areas of sign language interpreter training, leadership and interpreting ethics, and American Sign Language training.