CEUs: 0.425 (Professional Studies)

Professional interpreters have known for years that working in Deaf/hearing
interpreting teams can be one of the most effective ways to equalize communication
power and create connections between two cultures. However, often times hearing
interpreters arrive at assignments without the necessary information to assist in
determining the need for a Deaf interpreter.

This workshop will help the working interpreter determine which interpreting situations are best served by a Deaf-Hearing team; plus how to succeed in negotiating for a Deaf Interpreter in these settings. This presentation will begin with a short lecture providing a foundation of strategies hearing interpreters can use to determine a need and advocating for a Deaf team including red flag indicators of settings, consumers, and stakes. The remainder of the presentation will be small group discussion focused around educating consumers and negotiating with hiring entities. These discussions will include strategizing and role-playing scenarios brainstorming ways in which to deal with the most difficult questions consumers may have when approached with the suggestion of a Deaf Interpreter.

Case studies mirroring the typical requests interpreters receive from scheduling
agencies will be shared, and the participants will practice spotting red flag indicators of the need for a team.

Audience: up to 50 participants divided into table groups


  • Introductions
  • Build a foundation of identifying a need for DI/HI team (red flag indicators)
  • Build a foundation for negotiation strategies
  • Introduction to Case Studies
  • Break
  • Small Groups discussion guided by Case Studies, Focus Questions & Role Play
  • Wrap Up

Carla Shird headshot   Christine Multra Kraft headshot   Marlee Dyce headshot

July 10 – 13:00 pm
1:00 pm — 5:15 pm

Carla Shird, Christine Multra Kraft, Marlee Dyce