Deaf people regularly attend educational classes, workplace meetings, and conference sessions where speakers accompany their verbal statements with visual aids such as PowerPoint, videos and non-verbal cues. The aids contain and display important message content and message context. Interpreters need to receive this for processing with the auditory content from the speakers. However, typically interpreters position themselves with their backs to the visual content that appears outside their forward-looking field of view. Does this sound familiar? Does this situation elicit a stress response in you? Do you even try to receive the visual information? If so, how?
In this workshop, participants will examine the overall role and effect that visual information has on the interpreting process. The presenter will describe traditional ways and introduce a new approach for receiving visual information. For the latter, interpreters view information behind them in the screens of smartphones and tablets within their forward field of view. The images are captured in real time by the device cameras.
In the workshop, initially, the presenter will describe his background with this topic and then explain the function and types of visual information. Next, participants will share their experiences and discuss the ways they receive visual information. That is followed by citations of several prominent interpreter educators and researchers who emphasize interpreters must view and process the visual information in order to avoid mistakes. Finally, the presenter will explain and demonstrate his new approach.