Professional roles in/alongside the Deaf community
Role of the sign language interpreter
Relationship between ASL and English
The following major concepts guide the design and delivery of this course:
1. The Deaf community comprises a vibrant linguistic and cultural minority whose members are connected to each other through shared values, norms, art, traditions and especially the primacy of using a signed language.
2. A pathological view of Deaf people as disabled and in need of repair has been prevalent in our society, perpetuating attitudinal and systemic barriers to access to opportunities for education, employment, autonomy and inclusion.
3. Non-Deaf people desiring to be allies to the Deaf community require an understanding of the impact of unequal power and privilege, of marginalization, and of systemic oppression, on both historical and current societal trends.
4. Non-Deaf allies should undertake serious self-reflection and examine their own positionality, attitudes, knowledge, competencies and approach, within a complex social/cultural/political/linguistic context.
5. Interpreters can be key allies, as can educators, early intervention workers, family members, social workers, mental health and health care practitioners, employers, co-workers, intervenors, public service providers, law enforcement personnel, creative professionals, etc. All allies benefit themselves and others by being conscientious and reflective life-long learners.
- small group work
- guest speakers
- course readings/videos
Means of Assessment
Evaluation will be based on a combination of individual and group work and, at the instructor’s discretion may include presentations and written assignments, papers, quizzes and exams. A sample distribution of graded assignments follows:
• Field research group project – interview of human service provider(s)
o Written summary 15%
o Presentation 15%
• “My intersecting identities” creative project and presentation 15%
• Essay 15%
• Quizzes 30%
• Attendance and participation 10%
This is a letter graded course.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
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No equivalent courses.
This course is not required for any other course.
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