April 2021 - Issue #6
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1. Choosing an Interpreter Education Program (English)
2. From our catalogue: Complexities in Educational Interpreting (English)
3. Signed Music - Rhythm of the Heart (ASL and English)
4. Sound of Metal movie (English)
5. Out There: SAYBB Creations Beadwork (English)
6. The IC Book Club: Can Bears Ski? by Raymond Antrobus and Polly Dunbar (British Sign Language and English)
7. English Oddities (ASL and English)


Choosing an IEP 

Accredited? Field experience? Certified interpreters? 

What other questions should you ask?

So, you’re fluent in ASL, and you want to learn to become an interpreter. How do you decide where to apply? There are many interpreter education programs (IEPs) at colleges and universities across the United States and in Canada.

One consideration may be whether the IEP is an accredited program. CCIE (Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education) is an independent agency. It is the only recognized body that accredits IEPs in the US and Canada.

CCIE has 10 areas in which a program must meet standards of quality in order to be accredited. To maintain accreditation, reviews occur every two years, and after ten years, a complete program review is conducted.

For more information about these standards and a list of accredited programs, go to
The CCIE accreditation process ensures that an institution’s interpreter education program meets defined quality standards. It does not compare or rank accredited programs.

It is  important to note that curricula vary from program to program, so it is worthwhile to do your research to ensure that the program encompasses all the necessary components needed to become a successful interpreter.

Here are some questions that prospective students can ask when considering enrollment in an IEP:
  1. Is this program accredited by the CCIE? If not, why not?
  2. Do you have a practicum or internship component in your IEP? If so, how many hours are required and what does it entail?
  3. Are your faculty members certified sign language interpreters?
  4. What kind of facilities do you have available to students? A visual language lab? Classrooms and class sizes? Resources?
  5. Does this program focus on one specialty of sign language interpreting? Educational interpreting? Community interpreting?
  6. Does this program teach Deaf culture? ASL skills are only part of the picture in becoming a successful interpreter.
  7. Are there opportunities for becoming involved in the local Deaf community?
  8. Do you teach classes on ethical decision making?
Doing as much research as possible before you enroll goes a long way in preparing the path to your ultimate goal of becoming a certified interpreter.

Read our full blog post here.
- From our catalogue -
The University of Northern Colorado Department of ASL & Interpreting Studies conducted a five-year Patterns of Practice Investigation into educational interpreting practices in the United States.

If you are concerned about equal communication access for K-12 students who are deaf and hard of hearing, this book is for you.

In addition to reporting the findings from the investigation, it also includes:
  • - Answers to 10 important questions about educational interpreting services that are needed to ensure a free appropriate public education for K-12 students who are deaf and hard of hearing
  • - Significant events that occurred after the completion of the five-year investigation
  • - Recommendations for agencies and professional organizations
  • - Recommendations of professional standards for educational interpreters.
Complexities in Educational Interpreting catalogue page
Signed Music Rhythm of the Heart
Signed Music has arisen from within Deaf culture as a visual performance form involving sign language, rhythm, dance and multimedia. Ella Lentz, Pamela Witcher, Yan Liu and Janis Cripps perform and explain their perceptions of signed music.
Produced by Canadian Cultural Society for the Deaf (2015)
The movie Sound of Metal by writer/director Darius Marder is the story of Ruben, a punk metal drummer who is losing his hearing. It has been nominated for six Oscars - Best Picture, Best Actor - Riz Ahmed, Best Supporting Actor - Paul Raci, Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing and Best Sound.

Reaction in the Deaf community has been mixed as lead actor Riz Ahmed is hearing. Director Darius Marder felt that the actor playing Ruben had to be hearing to accurately portray the situation he is thrust into. Marder however made it very clear that Deaf roles in the film had to be played by actors who are Deaf or from Deaf culture.

For more on the film, check out the links below. Sound of Metal is available on Amazon Prime in the US and on Apple TV/Google Play in Canada.

- Out There -

SAYBB Creations Beadwork
Our small business feature this month is SAYBB Creations Beadwork with Sarah A. Young Bear-Brown, a Meskwaki Deaf Artist and fifth generation beadworker.

Sarah is skilled at balancing many responsibilities in addition to her beadwork.

As a mother of two, Sarah is also an advocate for the Indigenous Deaf Community, often sharing her experience and knowledge at rallies in the Washington DC area.  She strongly opposed the Dakota Access Pipeline and was an activist who gathered near the Standing Rock reservation in 2016 to protest.  

She is a founder of "Gathering of Deafatives": events to inform the Native American Deaf Community. 

Additionally, Sarah is Vice Chair for Native American Caucus for Iowa Democratic Party, a member of the Deaf Poor People's Campaign, Vice President of the Cedar Rapids Association of the Deaf and on the board for OPE! PAC.  

Follow her on Instagram @saybb_creations_beadwork. 

Join her through Zoom on April 22, 2021: 
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 ***
Every month The IC Book Club presents a book that gives us an opportunity to learn about others' lived experiences and widen our perspectives.

Award-winning Jamaican-British poet Raymond Antrobus has published his first book for children - Can Bears Ski? - after being unable to find any kids' titles with a central character who is Deaf. The book is illustrated by Polly Dunbar. It is a 2021 Ezra Jack Keats honoree winner.

Little Bear feels the world around him. He feels his bed rumble when Dad Bear wakes him up in the morning. He feels the floor shake when his teacher stomps to get his attention. But something else is missing, like when his friends tell jokes that he isn’t sure he understands, or when all around him Little Bear hears the question, “Can bears ski?” Then, one day, Dad Bear takes him to see an “aud-i-olo-gist,” and Little Bear learns that he has been experiencing deafness and will start wearing hearing aids. Soon he figures out what that puzzling refrain is: “Can you hear me?” Little Bear’s new world is LOUD and will take some getting used to, but with the love and support of Dad Bear, he will find his way.

What Kirkus Reviews says about Can Bears Ski? -
As with many picture books addressing specific issues, the main audience for this book will be children with a similar experience, who will surely delight in seeing the little bear wearing his hearing aids and learning to navigate the world. However, all young readers will enjoy figuring out just what “Can bears ski?” is supposed to mean and will benefit from learning about being hard of hearing, including how to talk to a hard-of-hearing person. Gently and thoughtfully teaches about being a hard-of-hearing kid.

Penguin Random House Canada page for Can Bears Ski?

The Guardian article about Raymond Antrobus writing Can Bears Ski?
Short film 'Dear Hearing World' from Raymond Antrobus' poetry collection The Perseverence.  Raymond Antrobus in English and Vilma Jackson in British Sign Language. 
Our English oddity for April: 

The idea went over like a lead balloon. 
Description: Angela wearing a dark shirt sits in front of a dark blue background.
Another oddity revealed in May!
Angela will offer an explanation in ASL next month. Stay tuned!
Wishing you a blessed month of Ramadan

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