Webinar: Academic and Professional Success of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing People to Deaf Centered Interpreting

Event Date: March 16, 2023
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Event Date: March 16th, 2023


Often, deaf people struggle to remain engaged in interpreted sessions. This is on top of the challenge of obtaining, processing, and retaining information in real time when delivered by interpreters. Solutions are needed to increase the engagement of deaf participants in interpreted sessions.


Many students experience barriers when it comes to participating in interpreted sessions, with one student citing that, “It’s tough to process lectures sometimes, my eyes go from my paper, the interpreter, and the board, and I don’t always get to ask for clarification.”


Dr. Thomas Holcomb and colleagues are proposing a deaf-centered interpreting model that emerged from an ongoing effort to improve access and participation for deaf participants in interpreted sessions. This presentation will focus on the changing view of the delivery model from merely providing access to increasing the quality of interpreting work by removing barriers that have made it difficult for deaf participants to engage fully in interpreted sessions. 


In partnership with Ohlone College, which is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its Deaf Studies Division, this webinar invites guest presenters Thomas Holcomb, PhD, and Aundrea Love, NIC, who aim to answer the question, “How can interpreting become more deaf-centered?” This session will include examples of deaf-centered interpreting in practice, strategies for interpreters to facilitate greater engagement for deaf students, and strategies for disability services professionals to center deaf students when coordinating or planning for interpreting services.

Join Dr. Thomas Holcomb and Aundrea Love on March 16th, 2023 from 1-2pm CT as they walk us through the concept of “deaf-centered” interpreting in practice, using examples from the classroom. 




Ohlone College Celebrates 50 Years of Deaf Pride

This year, the Ohlone College Deaf Studies Division celebrates the 50th anniversary of its founding and the inception of its educational programs that center the deaf community and deaf students. As part of their celebration, Ohlone College is hosting a deaf-centered webinar series with free, live Zoom sessions on February 15th, March 16th, and April 19th, 2023.



Interpreters and real-time captioning will be provided for all events. Please email help@nationaldeafcenter.org at least three business days before the event for additional access requests.


Event Code of Conduct

All are invited to participate as you are, engage with our team, and connect with other participants to learn together. NDC is committed to creating a harassment-free space of learning that welcomes all participants regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, transgender status, age, body type, appearances, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), veteran or marital status, national origin, or other classification protected by law. You agree to abide by the event code of conduct by attending the event.


NDC has a zero-tolerance policy for harassment of any kind and expects all event participants will help uphold a positive experience for all. NDC reserves the right to take any necessary and appropriate action, including immediate removal from the event, in response to any incident that violates the above-mentioned expectations. NDC also reserves the right to prohibit participation at any future events, virtually or in person.


Seek assistance from NDC staff at the event or email at: help@nationaldeafcenter.org


Participants Are Expected to:

  • Conduct themselves in a manner that is considerate, respectful, and professional in their interactions with all present at the event.
  • Refrain from disruptive, disrespectful, disparaging, discouraging, discriminatory, or demeaning conduct.
  • Inform NDC if you notice any behavior not aligned with the conduct expectation outlined above.
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