Treasuring our roots: centering deaf situated knowledges in the signed language interpreting profession

Autor/a: SHENEMAN, Naomi; ROBINSON, Octavian
Año: 2020
Editorial: WASLI
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


Traducción e Interpretación


We reflect upon present day challenges centered on the notion of “nothing about us without us” motto of the disability rights movement (Charlton, 2000). During the groundswell of the minority rights revolution of the latter 20th century, deaf and non-deaf members of deaf communities capitalized upon the moment to come together to establish professional signed language interpreting organizations. As we honor those roots of professionalization, we are at a critical juncture in the progression of deaf people’s linguistic rights as a sociolinguistic minority and as a disabled population (Hall, Holcomb & Elliott, 2016; De Meulder, 2017; De Meulder & Murray, 2017). We currently confront attacks on the landmark 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in the United States (Americans with Disabilities Act, 1990) and the 2006 United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)(United Nations, 2006). Continued resistance toward and efforts to secure linguistic rights for deaf people via signed language interpreting and linguistic access urges us to consider how deaf communities and signed language interpreters can work together to secure those rights for deaf people.

En: Conference Proceedings of World Association of Sign Language Interpreters, pp. 96-115