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Robyn Dean, assistant professor, has co-authored a chapter on the topic of ethics in signed language interpreting in a recently published book, Signed Language Interpreting in the 21st Century: An Overview of the Profession. The chapter promotes a values-based approach in signed language interpreting which has traditionally followed a rules-based approach. The list of professional values proposed in this chapter is built on existing ethical content material currently used in the field but conflated with terms and devices that are not easily applied to practice situations.

Signed Language Interpreting in the 21st Century: An Overview of the Profession provides interpreting students with a broad knowledge base that encompasses the latest research, addresses current trends and perspectives of the Deaf community, and promotes critical thinking and open dialogue about the working conditions, ethics, boundaries, and competencies needed by a highly qualified interpreter in various settings.

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Kim Kurz, director of NTID’s American Sign Language and Interpreting Education Department, authored two chapters in the book, “Deaf Eyes on Interpreting.” The chapter titled, “The Heart of Interpretation from Deaf Perspectives,” co-authored with NTID ASLIE faculty member Joseph Hill, is based on the findings of deaf people related to their perspectives of what makes an interpreter the “best” – the linguistic features and cultural aspect. The second chapter, “Effectively Interpreting the Content Areas Utilizing Academic Language Strategies” is about using academic language during interpretation and what it means to render academic interpretation using content-based information.

The contributors of "Deaf Eyes on Interpreting" are all deaf professionals who use interpreters on a regular basis, and their insights and recommendations are based on research as well as on personal experiences. These multiple perspectives reveal strategies to maximize access to interpreted work and hearing environments and to facilitate trust and understanding between interpreters and deaf consumers.

National and local companies and agencies from across the United States searching for skilled interpreters were represented at the second annual Student Interpreting Association Career/Resource Fair held on March 28th, 2018 at NTID. Nearly 100 students, faculty and community members attended the career/resource fair that was co-sponsored by NTID’s Department of American Sign Language and Interpreting Education.

Daniel Maffia, a lecturer in the Department of American Sign Language and Interpreting Education, is co-author of a recently published book titled, "Introduction to VRS Interpreting: A Curriculum Gude." The curriculum guide provides educators with a valuable tool for teaching interpreting students about work in video relay service (VRS) and video remote interpreting (VRI) settings.The curriculum guide also gives readers access to a host of online tools, including additional curriculum information, as well as downloadable lesson plans and slideshow presentations.

All proceeds from the sale of this curriculum are donated to non-profit organizations or charities that benefit the Deaf community.

Christine Monikowski, professor in NTID's Department of American Sign Language and Interpreting Education, presented her work on Linguistics Courses in Interpreting Education Programs in Europe at the second International Symposium on Signed Language Interpretation and Translation Research at Gallaudet University March 31-April 2, 2017. This collaboration, with Lorraine Leeson from Trinity College Dublin and Tobias Haug from Interkantonale Hochschule für Heilpädagogik Zurich, is a result of her research fellowship at Trinity College Dublin in June 2016.