Interpreter Influence on Self-Advocacy Development in High School and Beyond, Sarah Brown, Tia Ivanko, & Claire Ryan
Presentation Summary: This presentation will focus on NDC’s national initiatives from the Postsecondary Interpreting Task Force. Currently, the task force is seeking opportunities to foster reflective practice of deaf-centered services, one of them being feedback. The purpose of formative feedback in postsecondary institutions and programs is to continue a dialog regarding the fit of the professional within the specific context and to support the interpreter as an effective service provider. The presentation will present summarized task force activity to date, discuss reflective practice in the context of the role of the interpreter in promoting postsecondary accessibility, and identify opportunities to empower students to offer input on the effectiveness of communication access. The perspectives of deaf student clients are essential to this process and may bolster educational outcomes. .
Sarah Brown became a certified sign language interpreter while pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Counseling with an emphasis on deaf communities. After over 20 years buried deep in the profession of community interpreting, she’s thrilled to be at the National Deaf Center where she finds reasons to use technology in new ways to assist in coordinating access within the deaf community.
Tia is an educator who is passionate about creating equitable educational experiences for deaf people and increasing the professional capacity of the people who teach and support them.
As Associate Director and Co-Principal Investigator at the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes (NDC), Tia works in close tandem with Director Carrie Lou Garberoglio, PhD, to manage the organization, in particular leading eLearning initiatives, the Help team and technical assistance services, staff development, and project workflows.
She draws upon her extensive professional expertise, community experiences, and personal interest in diversity, inclusion, and equity to promote NDC’s mission of #DeafSuccess.
A nationally certified interpreter (NIC), Tia brings a deep knowledge of accessibility and professional practices in the interpreting field to her work. In addition to teaching and mentoring interpreters working in education settings, she has a special interest in removing barriers and biases that people of color encounter as consumers of and professionals in the interpreting field.
Tia was also recently certified as an ADA Coordinator (ADAC), demonstrating her mastery to oversee and coordinate compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and provide professional support to others.
For seven years, Tia has worked under this federal funding line for technical assistance and dissemination, concentrating on accommodation and accessibility practices, resource development, and innovative professional development for practitioners in the field. Before joining the grant, she worked as a deaf services coordinator, collegiate program director, and a teacher of the deaf.
Raised on the east coast and now living in Texas, Tia has been connected with deaf people since her childhood. She earned her master’s degree in Deaf Education from Western Maryland College and her bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College. When she is not working, you will likely find Tia trying to convince her two children to play a board game, make a craft, or hike one of Austin’s many trails to savor life’s moments that fade all too fast.