Hello! Welcome to “A Sign of Respect” Part 3!
You may remember Part 1, which is designed for students are new to ASL and taking it for the first time.
They have no knowledge of the Deaf community and are unsure of how to behave at Deaf events.
The goal of Part 1 is to help these students feel comfortable and have positive experiences with the Deaf community.
Part 2 is designed for students who have taken several ASL, Deaf culture and Deaf community classes for at least a year. These students have attended several Deaf events and perhaps are building friendships with Deaf people. The goal of Part 2 is to help these students become good allies.
And now the new Part 3 is designed for those students who will soon graduate from an Interpreter Preparation Program (IPP). They may soon start accepting work as interpreters. They will face situations that may be difficult to handle. The goal of the program is to help them make good decisions when faced with these awkward situations.
In all three parts of the “A Sign of Respect” series, we follow one character, Amy. In Part 1, we see her beginning to learn ASL and navigating her way through different Deaf events. Eventually she forms friendships with Deaf people and furthers her involvement in the Deaf community. Now Amy will soon graduate from her program, and we will again follow her through the different situations she faces.
Although Amy has graduated from her program, she is not a certified interpreter yet. It may take several years for her to achieve that level of skill. Even though she is not certified, she will be offered work as an interpreter. She will begin accepting some of this work in order to gain experience on her way to becoming certified. The goal of this program is to help Amy and interpreters like you to be ready to start work and help you make good decisions as an interpreter.