Juliann Wasisco


What is your membership category/certifications?
Associate soon to be certified CDI!  I am also the chair of the Deaf Caucus Member Section.

How long have you been a member of RID?
Fiscal Year 2009-2010 will be my 4th year

How did you become interested in the field of interpreting?
CDI first, but I have a sister who has been in the field for over 30 years, a son for 4 years, a daughter for 10 years and a brother for some number of years.

What is the most rewarding part of the profession?
Sense of accomplishment, especially passing of the written portion of the CDI test.  I aim to take the performance portion within the next few months.

What is the most frustrating part of the profession?
The lack of teamwork or a support system in the field.

Describe your most memorable moment while interpreting.
At one assignment, after interpreting a counseling scenario, the consumer in frustrations said, “FINALLY SOMEONE KNOWS WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT!”  I knew he meant by having a CDI made available to him.

What advice do you have for new graduates entering the field?
You can’t do this without proper training, mentorship, lots and lots of practice, endurance and patience!

Who is the interpreter(s) you admire the most?
I guess I am biased but of course, Cheryl Moose, my little sister!

What is something members would be surprised to learn about you?
First, I just proudly and happily joined the ranks of Grandmotherhood! Second, right now I am proud to be in and be a part of the first-ever deaf interpreter preparatory program!  Even though I am close to getting my CDI, I benefited so much by being in this program. I hope that this will be a trend all over the country! Please check out https://deafcaucusms.wordpress.com/    http://www.juliannwasisco.com