Our work is serious business, to be sure. But who’s to say we can’t have fun with some of our experiences? Comedian Bill Engvall made the above statement famous almost 20 years ago with one classic standup routine. His claim that stupid people should just wear a sign so we’d all see them coming struck a chord with most of us.
Through our time in the Deaf community and the interpreting field, we’ve all been asked some off-the-wall, silly, and downright stupid questions by people who don’t fully understand what our work encompasses. (“How can Deaf people drive?” “Do Deaf people read Braille?” “Are YOU Deaf, too?”) Have you ever wanted to reply to such questions or statements with the first thing that came to mind? In this webcast, we’ll examine many of these questions, try to understand why people ask them, and discuss some methods of handling these as they arise. As a bonus, we’ll even tickle our funny bones by touching on some of the answers we’d love to give (but just can’t).
For those new to interpreting, students, and those who just want to have a good time and laugh while earning CEUs, this is the webcast for you. If you’re looking for some deep, complicated linguistic discussion or a lecture on visualization and utilization of signing space , maybe this is one you’ll want to sit out. But if you’ve been interpreting professionally for any length of time, I guarantee we’ll come across something you’ve encountered. I mean, “you are the Deaf Interpreter, right”? Here’s your sign!
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.
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.
Working sign language interpreters
Earl began learning ASL in the early 1990s in his hometown of New Orleans, LA, when his sister (now an RID-certified interpreter in Brooklyn, NY) began learning ASL to be able to communicate with a Deaf girl who attended worship services in their congregation. In the process of obtaining an Associates’ Degree in Drafting from Delgado Community College in New Orleans (1993), Earl took ASL I and II, which only strengthened his desire to delve deeper into his Deaf studies. In January 1995, Earl relocated to Patterson, NY to serve as a volunteer at the Watchtower Educational Center. He regularly associated with the Deaf communities of upstate New York and Connecticut, where his knowledge of ASL was expanded and refined. He initially worked with the Audio/Video department on ASL drama projects as playback operator, later serving as camera operator and proofreader for several ASL programs. Working with on-camera Deaf talent and off-camera Deaf translators, Earl interpreted stage directions, seminars, and other programs. His duties also involved contacting Deaf talent and organizing casts for ASL Bible dramas, and assisting with storyboarding, direction, and editing of ASL video productions.
In late 2006, Earl and his wife moved to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, where he earned his BEI certification and interpreted for various colleges and interpreting agencies, including training with Sorenson VRS. In August 2012, Earl, his wife, and 3-year-old son relocated to Shreveport, LA, where Earl currently serves as a Staff Interpreter at The Betty and Leonard Phillips Deaf Action Center. Now that the preoccupation of relocating and welcoming a second child into the world has somewhat subsided, Earl will pursue his RID certification to better serve the Deaf community – and because he simply cannot allow his older sister to beat him at everything