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The Art of Teaming: Deaf-Hearing Interpreter Teams (.8 PS CEUs)

  • Guilford Technical Community College 601 East Main Street Jamestown, NC 27282 (map)

Workshop Description Successful team interpreting is an art, with well-developed trust as its cornerstone. Through team-building activities to strengthen dynamic interpersonal rapport and hands-on interpreting activities, presenters will add color and dimension to artistic teaming by laying out pitfalls, and clarifying problem-solving techniques in various settings to enhance team masterpieces. Presenters June Prusak, CDI, CLIP-R, a native ASL user from Deaf parents, resides in the Chicago area. She graduated with a degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Gallaudet University in 1993. Prior to becoming a Certified Deaf Interpreter, she worked as a Youth Program Coordinator with Deaf and Hard of Hearing children for 12 years. After observing the work of both certified deaf and hearing interpreters at the RID conference in Chicago, she was motivated to pursue national certification. She successfully achieved her goal in 2005, when she obtained her status as a Certified Deaf Interpreter. She pursued further professional credentials in 2009 by obtaining her CLIP-R (Conditional Legal Interpreting Permit-Relay). She currently works as a full-time Coordinator and CDI staff at Circuit Court of Cook County. June prides herself on her ability to use her bilingual and bicultural knowledge to benefit Deaf consumers and hearing team interpreters. Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, Ann Wohlmuth credits her mother with encouraging her to take American Sign Language at Harper Community College while still in high school. After attending Illinois State University for Deaf Education, French, and Math, Ann later followed her love of socio-linguistics to Columbia College in Chicago, where she graduated with a degree in ASL-English Interpretation. In 2005, with a heavy work background in legal secretarial and light paralegal work, Ann started her training in the field of legal interpretation under the DOIT Center in the University of Northern Colorado. To present, Ann has accumulated over 400 hours of training related to sign language interpretation in court. In 2007, Ann started working for the Circuit Court of Cook County, which boasts the largest unified court system in the world with a total of 14 courthouses spread throughout the county. In 2012, Ann became the Supervisor of Deaf/Hard of Hearing Access for the Circuit Court. Currently, the DHHA team has a staff of two ASL-English Interpreters and one Certified Deaf Interpreter. As one of her personal professional goals, Ann strives to expand the pool of qualified legal interpreters with cultural competency and native fluency.