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English to ASL Interpretation Skills: English to American Sign Language
by Marty M. Taylor, PhD
ISBN 978-0-9697792-0-9

A foundational book for practitioners, interpreting students and educators!

The criteria for competence in the interpretation field have often been vague. Although interpreters want to enhance their skills, this is difficult to achieve unless criteria are clearly defined. This book outlines and describes the necessary criteria in a readable fashion. Interpreters, interpreter educators and their students, consumers and employers can all benefit from the contents of this book. Based on four years of doctoral research, Interpretation Skills: English to ASL by Marty M. Taylor, PhD identifies over 50 skills required to render competent interpretations from English to ASL. Corresponding to these skills are definitions and related possible errors. These skills are sequenced from those required during parts of an interpretation (knowledge-lean skills) to those required during the entire interpretation (knowledge-rich skills).

An excellent resource to use with:
the new DVD, Pursuit of ASL: Interesting Facts Using Numbers
the DVD, Pursuit of ASL: Interesting Facts Using Classifiers
• Companion text below, Interpretation Skills: American Sign Language to English

ASL to English Interpretation Skiils: American Sign Language to English
by Marty M. Taylor, PhD
ISBN 978-0-9697792-4-7

An essential resource book in the field of
ASL-English interpreting!

Interpretation is a very complex task. Practitioners, students and educators live with this complexity every day. They know that "giving voice," to a signer’s discourse calls on a whole family of skills -- but exactly what are they? How do skills needed to interpret from ASL to English differ from those needed to interpret from English to ASL? And, if those essential skills are not clear, how do we become more accurate, more eloquent, more faithful interpreters?

These are questions that have motivated Dr. Marty Taylor’s research for over 25 years. Building on her earlier studies of interpretation, she extended her research to analyze the specific skills needed to move from ASL to English. In this book, she provides major insight into the key elements of accurate and eloquent interpretation of a signer’s message into English. Forty-one (41) distinct skills are identified and carefully defined, along with full descriptions of the interpretation errors that commonly occur when any particular skill is missing.

The book steps readers through a logical path of skill development. There are careful explanations, plentiful examples, a comprehensive subject index and clear guidance on how to use the book to best advantage. An essential reference book for your collection!

An excellent resource to use with:
the DVD, Pursuit of ASL: Interesting Facts Using Numbers
the DVD, Pursuit of ASL: Interesting Facts Using Classifiers
• Companion text above, Interpretation Skills: English to ASL

Gentle into the Darkness Carolyn
Legacies and Legends: Interpreter Education from 1800 to the 21st Century
by Dr. Carolyn Ball.
ISBN 978-0-9697792-8-5

The first time EVER that the extensive history of ASL-English interpreter education is available in one book. Dr. Carolyn Ball has researched the history of interpreter education for years! This book contains pictures of “legends”, and excerpts from personal interviews.

Over 40 photos, 232 pages, 2013

Did you know…

  • Abraham Lincoln signed The Enabling Act allowing Deaf and hard of hearing students access to post secondary education.
  • NAD and ASLTA were significant collaborators in the growth of interpreter education.
  • CIT had its roots in RID.

Gentle into the Darkness Gentle into the Darkness: A Deaf Mother's Journey
into Alzheimer's
by Patricia Conrad.
ISBN 978-9-8633754-3-1

Gentle into the Darkness: A Deaf Mother's Journey into Alzheimer's, by Canadian author Patricia Conrad, tells the story of a remarkable deaf woman's life. Whether you're involved in the Deaf community, caring for an elderly parent, or simply a daughter who loves her mom, this touching memoir will warm your heart and stir your emotions.

Written by a daughter as a tribute to her mother, the book takes us into the life of Hendrika, a strong pioneer woman of humble origins who tackled life's challenges with unflagging zeal. She came to Canada as a six-year-old Dutch immigrant in 1929, and lost her hearing to meningitis soon after. The story chronicles the hardships of immigrant life on the prairies of western Canada, delves into Deaf education and employment for Deaf individuals in the 1930s and '40s, and explores the bicultural experience of hearing children with Deaf parents. Indeed, Gentle into the Darkness offers a rare "insider" perspective on life between two cultures, as illustrated below:


The flashlight was another essential tool for deaf parents. "When Verna and you were babies," Uncle Bertus reminded me once, "your mom always had a flashlight by her pillow, and frequently during the night she would shine the light in the crib to see if you were crying." Evidently we got used to blinding flashes of light at strange moments.

Even when we were all beyond the crib stage, Dad kept a flashlight under his pillow – the better to check on strange vibrations in the night, I suppose, or to have conversations with Mom in the dark. As a child, I became convinced that everyone had a flashlight under their pillow – as soon as they were old enough, of course. I viewed it as a rite of passage, a much-anticipated milestone. Admittedly, I had a weird sense of "normal," growing up, most of it tied into my parents' deafness. I couldn't yet distinguish between the "hearing way" and the "deaf way." It was just our life.

In the final decade of Hendrika's life came her greatest challenge: Alzheimer's disease. Although she did not survive the disease, she triumphed nonetheless, in the ways that matter most—by leaving us a wealth of life lessons in love, courage and perseverance, and by inspiring us all to reach out and make a difference in small but meaningful ways. Filled with laughter, tears, and tender moments, this is a book you will not soon forget.