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2021-2022 Catalog
INT 6415: DeafBlind Interpreting

Course Description for DeafBlind Interpreting

INT6415: DeafBlind Interpreting

Description: This course provides an academic foundation for interpreting students to work with people who are DeafBlind and who require skilled interpreters for a variety of access modes. Students will learn how to interpret within a restricted field of vision at various distances and use Tactile American Sign Language and haptic systems for providing comprehensive environmental access. The course prioritizes the unique thought worlds and cultural perspectives of DeafBlind individuals over their medical conditions, and students study the relationship of diverse communication techniques that impact a person’s life quality to employment, socialization, mobility, leisure, and autonomy. Students study complementary skills needed by professional DeafBlind interpreters, such as guiding, environmental orientation, and visual description during the interpreting process.