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September 8, 2016 in Community News

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Information about becoming a Certified Deaf Interpreter  (CDI).
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Job Opening: Certified Deaf Interpreter Technical Specialist

January 5, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Employment

 

 

Job Title:  Certified Deaf Interpreter Technical Specialist
Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  Federal Emergency Management Agency

Job Announcement Number:  FEMA-16-JS-013-RSV

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/425600500

Wife of New York sign-language interpreter explains his ‘expressive’ style

January 29, 2015 in Community News, Interpreting & Transliterating

 

 

CBC/Radio-Canada
January 28, 2015

He’s been described as “mesmerizing,” “distracting” and even “ridiculous.” Jonathan Lamberton is a deaf New York City sign-language interpreter whose animated signing alongside Mayor Bill de Blasio has gained him notoriety, most recently on The Daily Show. However, Lamberton’s wife Andria Alefhi wants to set the record straight about her husband’s big expressions.

“There’s actually nothing really exaggerated about it, so the joke is kinda on everyone else,” Alefhi tells As It Happens co-host Carol Off. “Everyone in the know just looks at him and says, ‘Yep, that’s a person doing American sign language. It’s good. It’s clear.'”

Alefhi explains that she often works alongside her deaf husband, interpreting what is said to him, who then signs it again.

Why is this necessary? It’s because she has an accent.

“Some deaf people only understand another deaf person or it’s easier to understand a deaf person with that accent removed,” she explains. “It’s not just an accent, there’s actually grammatical components. There’s actually quite a bit to it. But for the average person watching, they probably wouldn’t know the difference.”

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Related Article – NYC Mayor’s Vibrant Deaf Interpreter Creates His Own Storm ABC News – Jan 29, 2015

Deaf Interpreter Goes Viral

October 30, 2014 in Interpreting & Transliterating

 

 

The Blog
10/27/2014
Lydia L. Callis
Sign Language Interpreter, Community Educator, Advocate

Last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio addressed the citizens of New York to discuss the city’s first confirmed case of Ebola. During the press conference the mayor’s ASL interpreter, Jonathan Lamberton, gained a bit of attention on the Internet. Most of the commentary centered around Lamberton’s expressiveness, which is actually just part of sign language, but missed the most compelling aspect of this particular interpreter: he is Deaf.

For hearing people who do not have any experience with Deaf culture, it might be hard to understand how Certified Deaf Interpreters (CDI) are used, and why they are necessary. In this instance, the CDI was working as a team with a hearing interpreter who sat in the audience. The hearing interpreter was signing the message to Lamberton, who was interpreting it on camera. But why have two interpreters?

New York City is truly a melting pot with people of all ethnic backgrounds, education levels, and ability. In times when peoples’ health or lives might be in danger, communication becomes absolutely critical. There is no room for miscommunication when state officials are addressing the public safety.

Utilizing an interpreter whose native language is ASL can be a good match when your audience is unknown. While a high quality hearing interpreter may be able to do a great job, a CDI has the ability to reach ASL users on every level. This ensures that the message is conveyed to a broad audience.

Deaf people who use sign language to communicate may read and write English quite well; or they may not know English at all. Many deaf people have excellent ASL skills, while others only know informal sign languages called “home signs.” Additionally, in a large city like New York there is a whole audience of foreign born deaf people for whom ASL is a second language.

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CDI Training, Sept 20-22 Apply Today!

June 10, 2013 in Community News, Interpreting & Transliterating

Would you like to be a Certified Deaf Interpreter?
Do you enjoy the interpreting process and want to learn more?
Would you like to learn what skills you need,
and practice them with a renowned CDI Trainer? 

Please join us for this training!

Friday-Sunday, September 20-22*, 2013 at Gallaudet University. (First priority given to applicants from the GURIEC region).    Current & aspiring Deaf interpreters, join us for a weekend of learning!  This training is appropriate for novices and pre-certified Deaf interpreters.All participants are expected to read the book So You Want to be an Interpreter.