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Interpreter 4-1-1: 5 Tips for Being Successful in an Interpreter Training Program

Interpreter 4-1-1: 5 Tips for Being Successful in an Interpreter Training Program

By Brenda Cartwright
Monday, October 20, 2014

This article is specifically for Interpreters in Training. Interpreter Training Programs are both challenging and rewarding.  It is really up to the student to make the most of the Interpreter Training Program (ITP).  The more passionate and hard working you are, the more rewarding the experience will be. Think for a moment about your definition of success. What does a successful person do? What does a successful person think? What does a successful person believe? How will you ensure that your time in your Interpreter Training Program is successful? What changes will you need to make? Here are 5 tips for being successful in an Interpreter Training Program...
Tips for Rhyming in Sign Language

Tips for Rhyming in Sign Language

By John Miller
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Every year around this time, I get a message or two from teachers and interpreters of deaf children asking how to best convey the concept of rhymes to their students.  Rhyming is a very common curriculum goal in many, if not all early childhood education programs throughout the United States and Canada. The problem often with rhyming is that many of the words are made-up and, therefore, they have no sign.  We all know that words that have no sign should ...
New movie to watch for: NO ORDINARY HERO: THE SUPERDEAFY MOVIE

New movie to watch for: NO ORDINARY HERO: THE SUPERDEAFY MOVIE

By Jillian Winn
Friday, September 26, 2014

NO ORDINARY HERO: THE SUPERDEAFY MOVIE is a family drama about a deaf actor who plays a superhero on a TV show who must look beyond the cape to inspire a deaf boy to believe in himself. Based on the internationally known SuperDeafy character, NO ORDINARY HERO, featuring Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin, is the evolution story in this fictitious family drama. John Maucere stars as Tony Kane who plays a superhero on TV, but in real life he’s just another ...
Movies to Check out During Deaf Awareness Week

Movies to Check out During Deaf Awareness Week

By Jillian Winn
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Not sure what you can do to participate in Deaf Awareness Week?  Try to find events in your local area, but if you’re having trouble finding a local Deaf Awareness Week event, a great thing to do is to learn something new about Deaf culture - read some articles, learn a few new signs, or watch a movie about a deaf story. There are a number of movies that feature deaf stories. Some of the most well known movies that feature deaf ...
5 Articles for Deaf Awareness Week

5 Articles for Deaf Awareness Week

By Jillian Winn
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Here are some helpful Signing Savvy articles to check out for Deaf Awareness week: The mysterious confusion between deafness and blindness Incidental Information You Don't Get when You're Deaf Education Options for Children that are Deaf or Hard of Hearing The Use of an Assistance Dog for people who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing Clearing up the confusion between Translators, Interpreters, and ...
Deaf Awareness Week is September 22-26, 2014

Deaf Awareness Week is September 22-26, 2014

By Jillian Winn
Sunday, September 21, 2014

Deaf Awareness Week this year is September 22-26, 2014. Deaf Awareness Week, also called International Week of the Deaf (IWD), is celebrated annually and ends with International Day of the Deaf. 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 as a community ...
Living Loud: K.T. Maviglia - Miss Michigan and Miss America Contestant

Living Loud: K.T. Maviglia - Miss Michigan and Miss America Contestant

By Jillian Winn
Friday, September 19, 2014

K.T. Maviglia was a Miss Michigan and Miss America 2015 Contestant. Read the article to learn more about the life and accomplishments of this amazing hard of hearing woman.
Living Loud: Heather Whitestone - First Deaf Miss America

Living Loud: Heather Whitestone - First Deaf Miss America

By Marta Belsky
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Heather Whitestone was the First Deaf Miss America. Read the article to learn more about the life and accomplishments of this amazing deaf woman.
Remind students to “Ask the Teacher for Help” with our two minute WonderGrove animated Lesson

Remind students to “Ask the Teacher for Help” with our two minute WonderGrove animated Lesson

By Jillian Winn
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Help students get back into the swing of the school year by showing them our 12 special "Back to School" instructional WonderGrove animations featuring sign language. The "Ask the Teacher for Help" animation is great to encourage students to ask for help when they are confused. Watch the “Ask the Teacher for Help” instructional animation: Accompanying the animation, there are extention lessons for Pre-K, Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade, all which have been crafted by educators and align to the common ...
Interpreter 4-1-1: Prepare Your 10-Second Interpreter Elevator Pitch

Interpreter 4-1-1: Prepare Your 10-Second Interpreter Elevator Pitch

By Brenda Cartwright
Thursday, September 4, 2014

Interpreters often have just seconds to explain what we do to professional people who don’t really care. Say you just entered the elevator with the doctor of the deaf patient on the way up to the appointment.  What would you say? What’s your “elevator pitch?” Try it out. Time yourself. Can you get it out in 10 seconds?