Congratulations to Mr. Jason Hurdich as one of our
Amazing Graduates! He is natively
proficient in American Sign Language (ASL) and a member of the following
organizations: the Registry of Interpreters of the Deaf (RID); Florida Registry
of Interpreters of the Deaf (FRID) and National Association of the Deaf (NAD).
Mr. Hurdich attended the Lexington School for the Deaf in New
York City from K-12. He became an instructor of college level ASL and
Interpreting classes starting in 1993. In 1996, he was presented with Boston’s
Citizen Award for “For Outstanding Contributions Towards the Quality of Life
for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Youth” for promoting Deaf Awareness in the City of
Boston, by Mayor Thomas M. Menino. Mr.
Hurdich consulted at Vcom3D from 2002 – 2005, in
the role of developing ASL translations for scientific, technical, and career
development courses and work-aids. As a permanent team leader, he has been a significant
contributor to the company’s SigningAvatar
technology development, and consults with Vcom3D staff on issues related to
correct ASL usage and Deaf Culture issues. His research experience includes
U.S. Department of Education-funded projects focused on (1) Signing Science Dictionaries
Projects for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals, and (2) the use of
technology by Deaf/HH students in post-secondary settings. He received a Bachelor
of Arts in Political Science from Boston University in 1997.
Mr. Hurdich began his graduate level work at the
University of North Florida in the Fall of 2011. He proudly said “UNF is a perfect fit for me
as a student. My program schedule allowed
me to have flexibility with online course delivery. My instructors and classmates throughout the
program were supportive, and UNF helped me to further strengthen my foundational
skills in ASL and Interpreting which helped me qualify for my new employment
position.” While at UNF, Mr. Hurdich
passed his Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf National Interpreting Certification
and is one of only about 150 Certified Deaf Interpreters (CDI) in the nation. Mr.
Hurdich has accepted a full-time Assistant Professor position with Eastern
Kentucky University’s American Sign Language and Interpreter Education Program. EKU is one of thirteen CCIE (Commission on
Collegiate Interpreting Education) accredited Interpreter Education Programs in
We commend Mr. Hurdich for his excellent work and are
proud to recognize him as an Outstanding Graduate Student of the American Sign
Language and English Interpreting program.