Location: Online via a Zoom link
Deaf refugees and immigrants arrive to the United States through relocation aid services and immediately face a new, unfamiliar country with near-complete lack of access to communication. Many of them are sent to public schools with their peers or placed in living situations without information on what to expect or how to access their new environment. Communication can become a life or death issue for many of these Deaf refugees, yet nationwide, there continues to be very little direct service to meet their unique needs.
Taking into consideration that ASL interpreters are often the first people who meet the new arrivals, this workshop focuses on providing interpreters with a relevant and practical toolkit that will increase the chances of a successful interaction with Deaf refugees. This workshop will introduce participants to the varied narratives and experiences of Deaf refugees, This includes their stories about the countries they come from- often embroiled in political, religious, ethnic, and economic conflicts and how this affects them here in the United States. Participants will learn about the specific challenges Deaf refugees face in their new settings, their language diversity, the range of possible communicative tools, and different approaches to establish communication— a basic need for services to be provided.
Pamela Wright, M.Ed., M.A.
For over 25 years, Pamela Wright has developed tools and strategies to teach ASL and English by designing innovative curricula and strategies for both Deaf and hearing students. As a Deaf bilingual individual, Pamela’s research includes language endangerment, language deprivation, diversity in sign language, and ASL morphological and semantic structures. In addition to having taught at Deaf schools in Montana, Minnesota and Arizona, Pamela’s writings have been published in various books and magazines. Through storytelling as one of her favorite tools, she conveys fresh concepts in ways that are practical and relevant. Pamela lives in Maryland with her family, working as a language consultant and as an advocate serving Deaf refugees.
M.A., University of Colorado, Linguistics, Graduate Certification: Culture, Language & Social Practice
M.Ed., University of Minnesota, Education
service settings— this includes challenges and strategies that have worked.
2. Participants will learn the possibilities and limitations of the range of communicative tools that can be utilized to
create access for Deaf refugees.
3. Participants will learn about the range of language capacities of deaf refugees.
- $35 with CEUs
- $25 without CEUs
This online workshop will be recorded. If for some reason you cannot attend the workshop at the scheduled time, you may watch the recorded version later. Because of this, we cannot offer refunds. If the workshop is cancelled, you will be given credit to view another workshop, either live or archived.