The COMPASS Program: Interpreter Education and Heritage Users of ASL (what we have learned, what we do, and how this might all help you!)

by Holly Nelson, Samond Bishara, Bonnie Marsh, Jennifer Storrer, L. Nash, Max Williamson, K. Kern, Christina Kraft

Abstract

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Established in 2016, the COMPASS Program at the VRS Interpreting Institute (VRSII) was designed to support heritage language users of ASL with Deaf-parents as they explore the possibility of becoming professional interpreters. The VRSII recognized a gap that existed in the field of ASL/English interpreter education and since the inception of the COMPASS Program, we continue to address that gap by providing meaningful opportunities designed specifically for heritage language users of ASL. This panel will include members of the COMPASS Program staff who will share more about the program, discuss heritage language research, discuss instructional/assessment/screening examples based on heritage language research, share success stories of COMPASS graduates, and provide an opportunity for ASL/English interpreter educators to ask questions and consider how they can address this gap in their own program and courses.
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Proceedings of the 2018 Biennial Conference

Reaching New Heights in Interpreter Education: Mentoring, Teaching & Leadership