We’ve all heard the saying, “don’t judge a book by its cover.” But that is easier said than done. Though we may believe we make conscious judgments according to our preferences, our actions are influenced by our unconscious thoughts, hidden and obstructed from our view.
In this mental “blind spot”, we generate assumptions regarding a person’s competence, education, status, and value system simply by a person’s appearance, gender, complexion, age, and audiological status. However well-intentioned we may be, these undetected biases have a direct impact on interactions between interpreters and consumers.
No one is exempt from the pitfalls of implicit bias. However, we can make a concerted effort to take action towards minimizing their influence. Acknowledging the existence of bias is the first step. In this presentation I will share my perspective as a Deaf-Parented Interpreter and look forward to learning participant perspectives in an open dialogue and shine a light on these blind spots through a narrative and social cognitive lens, strengthening our ASL community.