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 passionate about equitable educational experiences, particularly for deaf individuals, and increasing professional capacity to aptly serve deaf individuals in postsecondary settings. She has been working under the technical assistance and dissemination center grant for seven years, focusing on accommodation and accessibility practices, resource development, and providing professional development for practioners in the field. At NDC, Tia oversees project workflow, technical assistance activities, staff development, and operations of the Central Office.
Tia is also a certified interpreter with an interest in interpreting practices in educational settings as well as experiences of individuals of color as consumers and professionals. She currently teaches courses to educational interpreters pursing EIPA credentials in New Jersey. She recently volunteered to serve as the Region 1 representative for the Interpreters and Transliterators of Color Member Section under the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.
Prior to working with the grant, Tia worked as an Interpreter, Deaf Services Coordinator, collegiate Program Director and a Teacher of the Deaf. She draws on her professional expertise, community experiences, and personal interest in diversity, inclusion, and equity to promote the mission of the Center. She holds a master’s degree in Deaf Education from Western Maryland College and a bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College.