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1208, 2019

Free Professional Development: CALI’s “Unfolding Scenarios”

CALI's "Unfolding Scenarios"  Free Professional Development Modules Unfolding Scenarios consists of 12 interpreting scenarios, each including five to seven decision points where the interpreter must decide how to proceed. In addition, four of the scenarios include video footage presenting sample interpreter responses and reflections. These videos are designed to help interpreters practice the [...]

2807, 2019

Remaining 2019 Meetings and Power Hour Workshop Schedule

Remaining 2019 Meetings and Power Hour Workshop Schedule IMAGE ID: A prominent black and white flyer with an image of a black woman (with NAOBI and DAWN logos in the upper-right corner) reads:  "The National Alliance of Black Interpreters - DC, in partnership with the Deaf Abused Women's Network (DAWN) presents... Let's talk Trauma by Imonie [...]

1906, 2019

Open House: Gallaudet Interpreting Service

Prospective Freelance Interpreter Open House Saturday, June 22, 2019 2:OO PM - 5:00 PM Interested in working at GIS? Come learn about Gallaudet Interpreting Service. Get to know some of our staff and learn about our screening! This event is free for Deaf and hearing interpreters interested in working at GIS. [...]

606, 2019

Gallaudet Interpreting Service is HIRING!

Gallaudet Interpreting Service is HIRING! From GIS: NAOBI-DC is a critical partner in fostering the development and growth of interpreters of color. At GIS we are committed to doing the same upholding our pillars of social justice. We are currently actively recruiting candidates to join our staff interpreting family. Please see [...]

3105, 2019

May General Body Meeting (Live Stream)

May General Body Meeting Live Stream This video is a recording of the NAOBI-DC General Body Meeting that took place May 31, 2019, at Gallaudet University. There may be instances of slow playback from time to time due to the strength of the internet connection. Voice Interpreters: [...]

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