Interpreter 4-1-1: The Importance of Interpreters Knowing Their Own Comfort Zone
Every human being has biases and the ability to predict events is one of the most valuable you can cultivate as an interpreter. As interpreters we have unique access to the lives of our clients. We need to know ourselves and our hidden biases. What content or situations would you not feel comfortable interpreting? What interpreting situations are deal breakers? What steps could you take when you find yourself in these situations?
Exploring Holiday Family Traditions at School and ADDING LANGUAGE
We are constantly posting tips, facts, and learning resources related to sign language and Deaf culture on our Signing Savvy Facebook Page and Twitter @SigningSavvy. Occasionally we get questions about our posts and explain them further with a followup article. This article expands on one of our Parent/Teacher Quick Tip of the Day posts (Tip #60) from Facebook, which is also often tied to our Sign of the Day. Typically, Deaf Education Classrooms consist of a low number of students per class. This allows teachers ...
Signs That Are Close... But Not the Same - Set 3
This article is part of our “Signs That Are Close... But Not the Same” series, which highlights signs that look similar, but have different meanings. The signs discussed in this article include (1) NUT vs. NOT, (2) PAPER vs. SCHOOL, (3) NAME vs. WEIGH, (4) TEACH vs. NONE, and (5) ROOF vs. HOUSE.
The Importance of Early Exposure to American Sign Language with Deaf Children
Around 8,000 children are born deaf or hard of hearing each year in the United States. 95% of those children are born into hearing families. This means a few things – the majority of hard of hearing children are born into families that do not use sign language and their parents do not have previous experience with raising and educating a deaf child. The options and information may be overwhelming for parents, but just like raising any child, each child and family is different and there isn’t a “one size fits all” plan to execute. Luckily there is research to help serve as a guide.
Living Loud: Lou Ferrigno – The Incredible Hulk of acting, bodybuilding, fitness training, and motivational speaking
Lou Ferrigno was The Incredible Hulk of acting, bodybuilding, fitness training, and motivational speaking. Read the article to learn more about the life and accomplishments of this amazing deaf man.
Interpreter Q & A: Wearing a Brace While Interpreting
This Interpreter Q & A asks: I am currently wearing a brace on my wrist for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Today during a break the Deaf client came up to me and asked me to remove my brace because she found it distracting and it affected my clarity. She also said it made her feel guilty for having to make me work. What do you think I should have done? This article is part of our "Dear BC, Interpreter Q & A” series, which answers questions on interpreting and Deaf culture from multiple perspectives.
Avoiding Stereotypes with Gender when Teaching Sign Language
We are constantly posting tips, facts, and learning resources related to sign language and Deaf culture on our Signing Savvy Facebook Page and Twitter @SigningSavvy. Occasionally we get questions about our posts and explain them further with a followup article. This article expands on one of our Parent/Teacher Quick Tip of the Day posts from Facebook, which is also often tied to our Sign of the Day. Each day I look at Signing Savvy’s Sign of the Day and reflect on ...
Living Loud: Charles Nicolle - First Deaf Nobel Award Recipient
Charles Nicolle was the First Deaf Nobel Award Recipient. Read the article to learn more about the life and accomplishments of this amazing hard of hearing man.
Practice American Sign Language (ASL) With an ASL Expert Through Video Chat
We’re excited to announce that we are launching a new service where you can practice American Sign Language (ASL) with an ASL expert through video chat. We are calling this new service Savvy Chat. All chats are one-on-one 30 minute sessions using video conferencing software online. You can practice your receptive and expressive ASL skills and/or get help with a specific aspect of ASL.
Deaf Awareness Week 2016
Deaf Awareness Week this year is September 19-25, 2016. Deaf Awareness Week, also called International Week of the Deaf (IWD), is celebrated annually and ends with International Day of the Deaf on the last Sunday of September. Deaf Awareness Week is celebrated by national and regional associations of the deaf, local communities, and individuals worldwide. The purpose of Deaf Awareness Week is to increase public awareness of deaf issues, people, and culture. Activities and events throughout Deaf Awareness Week encourage individuals to come together ...