"Workshop[ Description (DIC4 Keynote Presentation Blurb)
“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring in a folding chair: NDI at the Crossroad.”
Blurb: Shirley Chrislom was a former US representative from New York and a one-time presidential candidate. She has uttered this well-known quote which is timely and relevant to this current situation as we arrived at the crossroad, which is shaping our evolving Deaf interpreting profession.
In a nutshell, we should not wait for someone to define the profession but seize the opportunity to chart the destiny for ourselves. We must be proactive in interpreting innovations within our space because organizations’ most effective change comes from when diverse Deaf communities claim their space at the roundtable of where decisions occur. The power dynamic of privilege is dismantled this way at the roundtable with diverse Deaf community members’ input."