Pamela Wright headshotCEUs: 0.275 (Professional Studies)

Deaf refugees and immigrants arrive to the United States through relocation aid services and immediately face a new, unfamiliar country with near-complete lack of access to communication. Many of them are sent to public schools with their peers or placed in living situations without information on what to expect or how to access their new environment. Communication can become a life or death issue for many of these Deaf refugees, yet nationwide, there continues to be very little direct service to meet their unique needs. Taking into consideration that ASL interpreters are often the first people who meet the new arrivals, this workshop focuses on providing interpreters with a relevant and practical toolkit that will increase the chances of a successful interaction with Deaf refugees. This workshop will introduce participants to the varied narratives and experiences of Deaf refugees, This includes their stories about the countries they come from- often embroiled in political, religious, ethnic, and economic conflicts and how this affects them here in the United States. Participants will learn about the specific challenges Deaf refugees face in their new settings, their language diversity, the range of possible communicative tools, and different approaches to establish communication— a basic need for services to be provided.


July 10 – 09:00 am
9:00 am — 11:45 am

Pamela Wright