The National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes (NDC) supports systems change through engagement with stakeholders at the local, state, and national levels. NDC’s national model consists of a series of task forces, teams of national content experts that convene around critical issues related to postsecondary success for deaf individuals. This presentation will focus on the Postsecondary Interpreting Task Force. The presentation will (a) present summarized task force activity to date, (b) discuss reflective practice in the context of the role of the interpreter in promoting postsecondary accessibility (c) identify opportunities to empower students to offer input on the effectiveness of communication access.
This interactive presentation allows interpreters to engage in a conversation about strategies to improve facilitation of feedback for interpreters at postsecondary institutions. Using key frameworks such as what it means to be a reflective practitioner, considering the interpreter’s role in postsecondary accessibility, and student self-advocacy in postsecondary settings, the task force has developed two resources on advancing opportunities for feedback. The interpreter checklist is meant to be part of a reflection process on collective values of their practice. This is also an awareness-raising exercise on things that may be outside our direct experience as a professional thus far, and yet relevant in creating equitable and accessible environments.
Currently, the task force is seeking opportunities to foster reflective practice of deaf-centered services, one of them being feedback. Research indicates that immediate feedback yields the most efficient learning (Corbett & Anderson, 2001). The purpose of formative feedback in postsecondary institutions and programs is to continue a dialog regarding the fit of the professional within the specific context and to support the interpreter as an effective service provider. The perspectives of deaf student clients are essential to this process and may bolster educational outcomes. We look forward to dialoguing with you.
Claire Ryan, Sarah Brown, Tia Ivanko