Workshop Description: You work with Deaf individuals everyday but do you really know what the Deaf community wants? This lecture will focus on what the Deaf community feels the interpreters do well and what could be improved upon. It will give interpreters a chance to see various interpreting scenarios from the Deaf perspective. This Deaf perspective will also provide some feedback to the interpreters as to what a Deaf individual wants when working with interpreters.
Presenter Information: Heather Foster is the Deaf Services Specialist with DSDHH in Morganton. She was born Deaf to hearing parents and has two sisters, one who is also Deaf. Heather grew up here mostly in Morganton and went to NC School for the Deaf, and mainstreamed at East Burke High School the last two years of High School and graduated from there in 1988. Heather has a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Gallaudet University and a Master’s degree in Deaf Studies from McDaniel College. Heather has travelled to Costa Rica, Panama, China, Hong Kong, Thailand and to many states here in the United States. She enjoys being with her family, travelling, camping, and be with friends. For the last eight years she was a stay at home mom and worked as a substitute teacher at North Carolina School for the Deaf, Florida School for the Deaf/Blind and Maryland School for the Deaf. Heather feels she has moved more than enough in the last five years but has decided to come back home and raise her son, who is 8 years old, here where she grew up.