Saturday, December 5, 2015
Arkansas School for the Deaf, Tornado Shelter
Registration 7:30 am-8:00 am Workshop 8am – 4pm*
*Per RID Standards and Criteria for the Certificate Maintenance Program, if an individual misses more than 15 total minutes of workshop instruction, that individual will forfeit their CEUs for the entire activity.
Come and explore dynamics of power and privilege, how they influence our thoughts, and how those same dynamics impact our interactions with hearing and Deaf consumers!
Participants will examine their own experiences to see how we may be both a part of the problem and a potential part of the solution. Personal power and privilege will be applied to professional practice in discussions about the role of the interpreter as advocate and as ally. Participants will also discuss the fine line that separates advocating and contributing to oppression
At the close of the workshop, each participant will develop and discuss specific action items to incorporate into their professional practice.
Lunch and Business Meeting
(lunch provided with advance registration)
Sharon Downs, M.S., CT
Sharon is the Director for the UALR Disability Resource Center, and has served UALR and the department since 1999. Sharon’s passions include diversity and inclusion education, and doing presentations for such conferences as the International Technology and Persons with Disabilities, the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD), and the International Conference on Higher Education and Disability. She serves as Chair for AHEAD’s Standing Committee on Professional Development. She is responsible for policy and the general direction of the department. She has worked toward inclusive policies and practices at UALR for both disabled and LGBTQ persons, and serves on a joint UALR/UAMS committee to bring SafeZone training to both campuses. She received her Master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling, and her BA in Interpreting.