Live Online Discussion April 29: Improve Access Through Interpreting

Published on April 15, 2021

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Do you often work with American Sign Language interpreters? Do you need to hire an interpreter, but don’t know where to start? Have you struggled with interpreting services provided on your behalf?

Join us on April 29 for a live online discussion about interpreting services, featuring a panel of experts and NDC’s in-depth resources. The discussion will begin at 2 p.m. central time, on Zoom.

Learn Best Practices for Hiring and Working with Interpreters

Interpreting makes communication easier for everyone in a variety of settings, including schools, healthcare, workplaces, and many others. But, the wide breadth of interpreting services and the diversity of deaf people can present a challenge — How does a professional or organization find the right interpreter for the situation?

In this discussion, you’ll learn about:

  • The diversity of interpreting options.

  • How to find the right interpreter for any setting.

  • The benefits of deaf interpreters.

  • How to keep interpreting consistent.

  • And more.

Experts Share Their Experiences and Insights

With decades of experience, the panelists will share their stories and answer questions about the varied field of interpreting.

  • Alicia Booth has been a sign language interpreter for 20 years and founded Designated Interpreters, LLC, which provides niched, customized captioning and interpreting for deaf and hard of hearing medical students and professionals in healthcare. Alicia’s favorite quote is: “There is always a solution but we might need to create it together!”

  • Jermaine Williams is the schedule coordinator for Deaf Action Center in Dallas, Texas. Coming from a family of five generations of Deafness, Jermaine learned the importance of giving back to a community that has given so much to him.

  • Julia Kennedy is a Deaf student at Hampton University and Gallaudet University who has cerebral palsy. A blogger and public speaker, she is the first totally deaf student at Hampton, an HBCU, and wants to share her experiences with others who have similar challenges.

Celebrate Deaf Women Recording Now Available

Did you miss our last panel? Watch it online now!

Celebrate Deaf Women: A Discussion About Navigating Barriers and Building Success featured deaf women who have succeeded in a wide variety of roles, both personally and professionally. Deaf women and anyone who employs, educates, or supports deaf women can learn ways to build a more equitable and inclusive future.

Learn from Deaf Students in June

Watch for details about our next online panel, which will feature deaf students sharing their stories and frustrations to help disability service and vocational rehabilitation professionals better understand the deaf experience.

Deaf students, DSS professionals, educators, and administrators are all invited to participate, learn from each other, and create more accessible campuses.

Event Details

This online event will take place on Zoom. You must register for the event to attend. A Zoom calendar invitation will be emailed to you closer to the day of the panel.

The room will open 5 minutes prior to the event start time. American Sign Language interpreters and real-time captioning will be provided for the panel. For additional access requests please email: at least 3 business days prior to the event.

In order to attend this event you will need to:

  1. Register for the panel

  2. Download or update Zoom on your computer to the latest version.

  3. Sign in with a Zoom account. (The webinar link alone will not give you access to the live event, you must sign in to Zoom using a personal or work account. You can sign up for free at

Live Event FAQ

Tips for Zoom Access

  • Download or update Zoom on your computer to the latest version.

  • If you have not used Zoom successfully in the past, check with your IT department to grant access to Zoom.

  • Use a laptop or desktop computer to optimize your view of the live panel. If you do not have a computer, a tablet is preferable to a smartphone.

  • If you use captions, a link will be provided to view captions on a separate window or device.

  • If you are unable to access the live panel video, you may call in via video phone or telephone. Phone numbers, Webinar ID and Participant ID will be provided in the registration confirmation email.

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