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Module 2: Atypical Language Among Diverse Populations - 3/1/2020

(Additional CEUs available for participation in a Community of Practice; see Curriculum Guide for details.)

This second module shifts the focus from examining causes and patterns of atypical language among deaf Americans to considering the factors of identity and intersectionality for individuals who were born and/or raised in other countries and cultures, and/or who are part of diverse deaf communities within American society. Diverse backgrounds, cultural beliefs, and norms, as well as the lack of access to education, healthcare, and a visual language, can all contribute to atypical language patterns unique to the consumer’s life circumstances. Social attitudes, influenced by implicit biases and/or privilege, can create additional challenges for deaf people with complex identities and/or who are foreign born. This is particularly true when individuals encounter unfamiliar systems and social norms. Participants will analyze conscious and unconscious attitudes, which can lead to cultural conflicts and barriers to the interpreting process. Additionally, participants will consider the implications of privilege on the consumer-interpreter relationship. Finally, this module explores strategies for establishing a positive rapport with, and for increasing the likelihood of effectively interpreting for, members of these diverse populations.

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