ASL Interpreter Collaborative strives to be a community that creates a space for people of all communities to come as their authentic selves. We hope to see change through supporting our local Interpreter Training Programs and hosting town hall gatherings intended to welcome the Deaf, interpreting, and hearing communities.
We acknowledge the right for Deaf to choose their interpreters and the historical denial of those rights. We hope to honor Deaf choice, Deaf rights, and Deaf involvement. The interpreting profession would not exist without the Deaf community.
As interpreters our experiences, beliefs, and perspectives enhance our work. These individual cultures allow us, as a collaborative, to create more competent and appropriate choices as we address the needs of a diverse Deaf Community. We believe that honoring those who partner with us creates an environment that allows our collective communities to thrive. We want to create a round table where all members not only have a seat, but also to have their voice heard.
As our community gathers at the table, we aim to give everyone an opportunity to both be heard and to hear the perspectives of others. We aim to actively listen to concerns, ideas, and suggestions to unlearn practices that do not benefit the whole community or to learn where people have been consistently and summarily ignored.
We recognize that the multi-layered system has gaps as well as some broken pieces. We aim to mitigate those gaps as well as start a ripple effect for bigger, professional systemic changes. By uplifting those who are actively doing this work and adding what we learn and unlearn through town halls, we hope to re-envision the presupposed idea of, not only what an interpreting agency “should” be, but also how we interact together as a collaborative.