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Abstract Details for Conversation Series: Interpreters on Interpreting with People who Use Atypical Language

This video, and the 6 others that accompany it, have also been developed by CALI as an additional resource for interpreters and Deaf community members seeking to improve their knowledge and skills for working with deaf individuals who exhibit atypical language use. Specifically what these 7 videos offer is access to conversations between Deaf Community members and Deaf and hearing interpreters about their experiences working with this portion of the Deaf population—the challenges they face, the strategies they have found effective, the type of skills and abilities they possess that facilitate their working relationships, the importance of linguistic and cultural competence, the importance of respect for consumers, the challenges associated with decision making by interpreters and finding common ways to discuss our values and frameworks with which we approach our work. These seven videos will provide you with access to conversations that include diverse perspectives—Deaf perspectives, CODA perspectives, BIPOC perspectives. Several of the Deaf and/or interpreters participating in these 7 videos are immigrants, or first generation Americans born of immigrants. Because they are talking with one another, you have access to rich insights you might not be exposed to if these individuals were talking with you directly. It is their relationships with one another and the communities in which they live that allow them to speak openly and frankly with one another—always with mutual respect and regard.