Conversation Series: Interpreters on interpreting with people who use atypical language

These conversations include diverse perspectives—Deaf perspectives, Coda perspectives, BIPOC[1] perspectives, and more. Several of the people participating in these videos are immigrants, or first-generation Americans. Because they are talking with one another, you have access to rich insights you might not be exposed to if these individuals were talking with you directly. It is their relationships with one another and the communities in which they live that allow them to speak openly and frankly with one another—always with mutual respect and regard. If you have not yet watched the webinar, we strongly recommend you start with that as it includes a panel discussion and an introduction to the following six Conversation Series videos.

Independent learners may download the Learner Handbook to guide their learning experience. Interpreting educators, mentors, and supervisors are encouraged to explore the Curriculum Guide, which provides an overview of the series and suggested instructional activities.

Webinar: Conversation Series

This pre-recorded webinar includes a panel discussion on terminology, labels, use of the word “atypical” and other topics relating to interpreting with individuals who use atypical language. The webinar also serves as an introduction to a set of six new videos called Conversation Series where teams of interpreters discuss their work in this specialty area.

CEUs: .2 (Content Area: Professional Studies; Knowledge Level: Some)

CEUs for Independent Learning

With guidance from an approved RID Sponsor, you could design an independent study activity around the Conversation Series videos. The Curriculum Guide includes Suggested Activities and Reflection and Discussion Formats that could be used not only by interpreting educators, but also by a study group you could form with your peers to work through the Series. Or consider using the Learner Handbook to design an independent study.

To start the process, search for an approved RID Sponsor at Be sure to select “Yes” in the Independent Study drop-down menu.

[1]The acronym BIPOC refers to Black, Indigenous, and people of color. People of color is a general umbrella term that collectively refers to ALL people of color — anyone who isn’t white. But because POC is so broad, it loses the specificity that is useful in identifying and addressing separate struggles faced by people of color with different ethnic backgrounds. BIPOC reflects the desire to draw attention to specific injustices impacting Black and Indigenous people—including those who are Deaf.