Autumn Workshops: Deaf Interpreter

  • Thursday, November 09, 2017
  • Saturday, November 11, 2017
  • 2 sessions
  • Thursday, November 09, 2017, 6:00 PM 8:00 PM (EST)
  • Saturday, November 11, 2017, 10:00 AM 5:00 PM (EST)
  • LaGuardia Community College, 31-10 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101


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Autumn Workshops

Co-Sponsored By: NYC Metro RID & American Sign Language, Inc.
Location: LaGuardia Community College, 31-10 Thomson Avenue (E Building)

Identifying & Articulating the Need of a Deaf Interpreter

Thursday, November 9th, 2017 - 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Room E-242 | .2 CEUs
Often hearing interpreters are unsure of how to discuss the role of Deaf interpreters, or how to formally request a Deaf interpreter. Hearing interpreters are often responsible for determining whether a Deaf interpreter is necessary. This workshop is designed to work with hearing interpreters to identify issues related to working with Deaf interpreters. It will explore what Deaf interpreters do and will share research on attitude and perception of Deaf interpreters. Participants will be encouraged to develop language to advocate for working with Deaf interpreters in different settings.

Deaf-Hearing Teaming Fundamentals and Practice

Saturday, November 11th, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Poolside Cafe | .6 CEUs
This workshop enables participants to begin understanding the dynamics of working as a team with a hearing interpreter. Using observation, discussion, and direct experience, participants explore processes in achieving accurate and meaningful interpretation. Participants will practice building collaboration for DI/HI teams through pre- and post-conference meetings, as well as collaborative strategies to prepare for assignments. While interpreting, participants strategize for verification of meaning, clarification, mutual monitoring, and flow management.

About The Presenter:
Christopher Tester, MSC, CDI, SC:L, is Deaf and a consultant, educator, interpreter and trainer. A seasoned presenter, he specializes in workshop and seminar facilitation on topics (not limited to) disability rights and laws, Deaf and hard of hearing awareness, and interpreting. He currently is an adjunct faculty member of the CUNY's ASL/English Interpreter Education Program. He has interpreted for several off and on Broadway shows, National and International conferences, at the United nations and specializes in legal interpreting.

Chris received Masters in Science and Communication at Heriot Watt University and received his Bachelor's degree at the College of the Holy Cross. Additionally, he received his Professional Certificate from the CUNY's ASL/English Interpreter Education Program. He resides in Manhattan. (

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