2016 ASL Immersion Workshop Summaries
Allies in Deafhood
Allies in Deafhood will cover the deafness dimension as the current "Grand Narrative" and Deafhood as the counter-narrative about Deaf people. Discussion will also include a brief history to demonstrate relationships Deaf people have had with hearing people before and during the Oralist colonialism as well as a brief history about the Deaf Resurgence up to the current situation. Through participation in engaging group work activities, participants will further explore their relationships and or dimensions with Deaf individuals, organizations, privilege, and being a Deafhood Ally.
Participants will engage in guided conversations during a luncheon event each day with various members of the Deaf community. Deaf community members and mentors, participants, presenters and immersion coordinators will come together for a large group luncheon. Each table is supplies with a variety of questions that tie directly to the presentation topics from the morning session. Table members are expected to hold conversations that center around these topics bearing in mind the intricacies of American Sign Language throughout the conversations.
Rarely do certified and emerging interpreters have an opportunity to spend extended amounts of time communicating directly with Deaf community members. The immersion committee recognizes the importance of this type of interaction and has arranged for participants to engage in direct mentoring each afternoon. A variety of Deaf community members with differing signing styles and educational backgrounds have been hired to serve as mentors. This small group, three hearing and one Deaf, allows for engaging conversations and direct feedback on sign production and ASL structure.