Supporting Deaf People 2004 Online conference

Deaf Action Committee dac at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Mon Dec 8 12:17:22 UTC 2003

Supporting Deaf People 2004 Online conference

Registration for this conference is now open! You can access this 
conference from the comfort of your own desktop.

It will run from the 12th to the 19th of February 2004 and will address 
two themes: 'Ethics & Professionalism' and 'Language'.

Three keynote speakers have been confirmed:

- Betsy Winston (USA) on language skills of educational interpreters - 
what is the effect on Deaf people?
- Tyron Woolfe (UK) on employment and D/deaf people - are we moving in 
the right direction?
- Graham H. Turner (UK) on challenging institutional 'audism'

Workshops will be on the following issues:

- David Jackson (UK) on Teaching English to Deaf learners - the Deaf 
- Lorraine Leeson and Susan Foley-Cave (IRL) on Refections on the 
challenges of interpreting semantics and pragmatics in an Irish context
- Micky Vale (UK) on 'Supporting Deaf students in foreign language 
classes - the support worker's perspective'
- Onno Crasborn and Maya de Wit (NL) on Language politics v. 
interpreter ethics
- Kellie L. Stewart and Anna Witter-Merithew (USA) on Ethical decision 
making for interpreters

More information, how an online conference works and speaker profiles 
can been seen at the conference web site 

If you sign up for the conference before the 1st of January the cost is 
£30/$50, if you wait until next year the cost will be £40/$65. You can 
register online at

Who is the conference for?

The conference is aimed at all those involved in the support of Deaf 
people and Deaf people themselves. This includes: Support Service 
Co-ordinators, Sign Language Interpreters, CSWs, trainee interpreters, 
lecturers for Deaf people, interpreting agencies and support service 
providers as well as Deaf students, clients and trainers of 

What is an online conference?

An online conference uses the internet as a conference 'venue'. 
Participants are given a password to access the various conference and 
seminar groups as well as a live chat room. Participants can log in at 
any time from any place and the conference is text based, so no extra 
equipment/software is needed. Anyone with access to the internet can 
participate. Participants will have the opportunity to have a look at 
the conference site in advance of the conference to familiarise 
themselves with the layout of the site.

Why have an online conference?

Traditional conferences require a physical location so participants 
have to travel and stay in a particular place. Using an online 
conference means that participants can access the conference from 
anywhere in the world and can do this at any time - whether it is 
midnight in Britain or 11am in Australia. Participants will be able to 
log on as little or as much as they wish to - before, after or during 
office hours. A summary of discussions will be available each day.

If you have questions, please contact:

Judith Mole
judithm at

Direct Learn Services Ltd.

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