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Free Online DeafBlind Interpreting Module Series

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Introducing the DBI Module Series, brought to you by the DeafBlind Interpreting National Training & Resource Center. This is an online, on-demand, asynchronous module series focusing on DeafBlind interpreting and the culture and linguistics of protactile ASL. The goals are to:

  • Increase the knowledge base, skills, and training opportunities for working sign language interpreters
  • Meet the cultural and linguistic needs of the DeafBlind community
  • Provide current content related to DeafBlind interpreting for interpreters and interpreter educators
  • Increase the pool of qualified interpreters and VR professionals working with DeafBlind consumers


Module 1, "The Protactile Movement" is available beginning October 1, 2018.

Intended Audience: Interpreters, VR Professionals, Interpreter Educators.   

To register visit the center's online learning page.

This 60-minute online module provides a cultural understanding of the evolution of the protactile movement. Jelica Nuccio and aj granda share the four fundamental components of protactile: history, philosophy, attitude, and language. The video narrative combines anecdotal stories and personal experiences that highlight the importance of a DeafBlind person’s autonomy, especially in relation to working with interpreters. This content is meant to provide a basic foundation for future modules that will explore more about the linguistic evolution of this emerging language. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to compare and contrast 3 linguistic and cultural values between protactile ASL and visual ASL. 
  • Participants will be able to list 3 differences between visual ASL and protactile ASL.
  • Participants will be able to describe the 4 components of the protactile movement.
  • Participants will be able to identify concrete examples of disability language vs. cultural language.

This module is open to all and is available for CEUs. In order to receive CEUs, you will be required to complete pre- and post-tests. 0.1 CEUs in the category of Professional Studies will be offered by the Regional Resource Center on Deafness at Western Oregon University, an approved RID CMP and ACET sponsor.

CEUs will be submitted to RID quarterly. Please hold any questions about CEUs until after the end of the quarter. The quarters DBI follows are January-March, April-June, July-September, October-December. All CEUs for the first quarter (October 1-December 31) will be posted the first week of January, 2019. If requested, certificate of completion will be sent after CEUs have been posted.

Registration is FREE and includes access to all future public training content on the DBI Moodle site.

Having trouble getting started? Need an alternate format sign-up form? Contact us at dbi@wou.edu or 503-888-7172 (voice/text/FaceTime). www.dbinterpreting.org

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