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What do codas want non-codas to know?

February 2022 - Issue #16
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1. What do codas want non-codas to know? Meet Ava Hawkins and Carla Dupras (Video in ASL with English summary)
2. From our catalogue: Gentle Into the Darkness: A Deaf Mother's Journey into Alzheimer's by Canadian author and coda Patricia Conrad (English)
3. Black History Month in Canada and the US (English)
4. Supporting Coda Interpreters (English)
5. California School for the Deaf, Riverside / Super Bowl Sunday: (ASL and English)

6. New Deals on Our Website (English)
7. CODA - the movie- Nominated for 3 Academy Awards (English)
8. Out There:  Yantern (ASL and English)
9. The IC Book Club: Dad, Jackie, and Me by Myron Uhlberg - Black History Month Read Aloud by Ms. Rhone (English)
10. FUN FACTS with Mary Harman (ASL and English)

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Did you know the spelling of "CODA" in capital letters refers to the organization, Children of Deaf Adults International?

The spelling of "Coda" or "coda" refers to the person, a Child of Deaf Adult(s).
What do codas want non-codas to know?

Meet Carla Dupras and Ava Hawkins.
Interpreters Ava Hawkins and Carla Dupras discuss codas and their continued influence within the interpreting profession.  Video in ASL. 

Summary available on our

- From our catalogue -

Gentle into the Darkness:
A Deaf Mother's Journey into Alzheimer's

Codas live "a hyphenated life" - navigating between Deaf and hearing worlds.

Book cover of Gentle into the Darkness with a red background. 1940s black and white portrait photo of a white woman with a full head of curly hair, wearing a red sweater and a multi-stranded necklance.
A snapshot memory, circa 1955:
I'm draped over Dad's shoulder, bouncing along in time with his stride. It's a hot day and we're strolling through a fairground. Beside us, Verna clings to Mom's hand. A cob of corn has slipped from my sweaty clutches, and I'm shrieking at full lung capacity to have it retrieved. Bobbing over Dad's shoulder, I can see that tasty morsel - sticky with grit, no doubt - receding into the distance, and I'm furious.

My parents, facing the other direction, are oblivious to my rising howls of protest. Big sister ignores me. Curious onlookers wander by, but I'm not at all self-conscious. I want that cob of corn, and I want it now! Nothing else matters...

I learned soon enough that my parents would never react to my verbal outbursts unless they were facing me. If they couldn't see my face, it didn't count. I'm not sure when that realization dawned, but I know it was early. I recall, as a small child, running into another room to tug on Mom's arm. I knew instinctively that shouting would be useless.

From my infancy, the deaf-hearing dynamic shaped every part of our mother-child communication. Specifics elude me; I only knew that I understood her, and she understood me. Most likely, we used a blend of speaking, signs, and gestures. If I had to describe it, I'd call it mother-talk, that intimate connection that happens between mothers and their offspring. You know how they just understand each other? Well, that's how it was, with us.

Excerpt from Patricia Conrad's Gentle into the Darkness, p. 68

For more about Gentle into the Darkness, or to order

Black History Month

in Canada and the US

Black History Month in Canada 2022 poster: February and Forever: Celebrating Black History today and every day. Drawings of Black Canadians in a variety of occupations are pictured against a background of bright blues, oranges and yellows.
February is Black History Month in Canada and the US

Black Canadians who have shaped Canadian heritage and identity

Being Black in Canada Stories and videos from CBC News.
The website has an incredible amount of resources on Black Educators, Education & Schools; Art & Design; Baseball; Civil Rights; Culture & Folklife; Government & Politics; Historic Places; Military; Music & Performing Arts; Social Media; and Slavery & Emancipation.

Now you can visit
The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture without going to DC!

Check out the Searchable Museum for a rich digital experience that includes a multimedia presentation of NMAAHC's historical narratives, collections and educational resources.

Here's one of the many narratives you can explore there:

Supporting Coda Interpreters
Billy Sanders is more than a coda and certified sign language interpreter: he is a force for inspiring Black male interpreters to join the profession; he is on a mission to further rights for Deaf people; and he is hoping to establish interpreter training degree programs at HBCU's. 

Video by NBC Universal Media, LLC.  Published 23 Feb 2021. 
Jo Ann Dobecki Shopbell, nationally certified interpreter, interpreter educator and CIT President in 1986, recalls interpreting for her parents at a very young age.

Read more about Jo Ann and many other codas who were instrumental in establishing interpreting as a profession in
Legacies and Legends: History of Interpreter Education from 1800 to the 21st Century.
Sorenson Communications logo. Blue circle with white letter S and the word Sorenson
Sorenson Communications recognizes that there is a need for codas to be supported and encouraged to enter the field of ASL/English interpreting. Consequently, they created a program specifically designed for Deaf-parented heritage language users of ASL.

Learn more about the VRS Interpreting Institute's COMPASS program

Super Bowl Sunday

promotes inclusion in sport

California School for the Deaf, Riverside
football players participate in
Super Bowl LVI coin toss;

America the Beautiful, The Star Spangled Banner, and the Half-Time Show performed in ASL
The NFL honored the 50th Anniversary of Title IX and inclusion across sports by inviting tennis great and equality champion Billie Jean King to toss the coin for Super Bowl LVI. Title IX, enacted in 1972, brought in equal funding for women's and men's sports programs at federally funded high schools, colleges and universities.

Accompanying her as Honorary Captains on the field were members of the California School for the Deaf Riverside Cubs, and female players from the California Flag Football and High School and Youth Tackle leagues.
The View from IC featured CSD Riverside's 12-0 season and journey to the state championship game in the December 2021 issue.

King said, in part, "It is an honor to stand with these outstanding student athletes and celebrate the 50th anniversary of Title IX on one of the world's biggest stages. It's hard to understand inclusion until you have been excluded."

Read the NFL's press release here
The football team co-captains from CSD, Riverside with Super Bowl Half Time Performers, Sean Forbes and Warren 'Wawa' Snipe. 

Photo by Brittney Kinder, of California School for the Deaf, Riverside. 
Sandra Mae Frank performs America the Beautiful and The Star Spangled Banner in ASL. 

IC does not own the content to this video. 
Posted by DPAN.TV.

Warren 'Wawa' Snipe and Sean Forbes perform the Half Time show in ASL. 
Check out our new combos

at The IC Store!
Books and DVDs available in combinations at a reduced cost on the Interpreting Consolidated website
Books and DVDs available in combinations at a reduced cost on the Interpreting Consolidated website
Save $$ when you buy a combo


Nominated for 3 Academy Awards

CODA movie photo of family composed of a teenage daughter, father, mother, grown son, sitting on truck tailgate
Troy Kotsur, the actor who plays dad Frank Rossi, has been nominated for Best Supporting Actor, making history as the first Deaf male performer and only the second Deaf performer to be nominated for an Academy Award. His co-star Marlee Matlin was the first Deaf nominee and winner in 1986.

CODA is also up for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. The movie can be streamed on Apple TV+.

More about Troy's nomination in The Hollywood Reporter

'CODA' star Troy Kotsur on His Historic, Healing Oscar Nomination
Interview in the New York Tmes

- Out There -
Logo for - YANTERN grey upper case letters on dark blue-grey background
White man with blue eyes, shaved head wearing a black t-shirt and smiling
Asian woman with dark eyes and shoulder-length dark hair, wearing a black top and smiling
Yantern is committed to helping the Deaf Community prepare and launch any business idea through online webinars, consulting and virtual conferences. 

Have a great idea, but don't know where to start? Reach out to Yantern!
The View from IC is interested in featuring Canadian and American businesses and organizations owned/created/operated by Deaf or hard of hearing persons. Recommendations? Let us know.

Or, if you are involved in one of these businesses or organizations and would appreciate some FREE promotion in Out There in a future issue, fill out our form here. Kat will be in touch!
 *** The IC Book Club ***
Dad, Jackie, and Me
Book cover of Dad, Jackie, and Me, showing a drawing of Jackie Robinson in baseball cap, and a white father in a brimmed felt hat and green shirt, white pants and a black belt, young boy in red and black striped t-shirt, black pants and baseball cap, both holding baseball tickets. The father has his hands on his son's shoulders, and the son has a baseball glove.
Dad, Jackie, and Me
Written by Myron Uhlberg, Illustrated by Colin Bootman

Coda author Myron Uhlberg has written several acclaimed children's books, and a memoir entitled Hands of My Father: A Hearing Boy, His Deaf Parents, and the Language of Love. 
Black History Month
Read Alouds
With Ms. Rhone

Published by Ms. Rhone on YouTube. 6 Feb 2021.
Multi-colored dot circle on dark blue background. Inside the circle, in white uppercase letters it reads Fun Facts with Mary Harman.
"Down." One simple, English word. In ASL, many different ways to sign it.

Mary Harman shows a few varieties.  Can you think of more?
Find out from Mary Harman! 

Follow Mary on Instagram @MaryHarman.

More fun facts next month!
View all Hand Twisters/Fun Facts signed by Mary Harman, and English Oddities signed by Angela Petrone Stratiy at The View From IC Blog. 
Watch for our March issue...

Making STEM fields more accessible for

Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals


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