Deaf-Blind Interpreting



 "Deaf-Blind Interpreting through the Lens of the Demand Control Schema"
Presenter: Susanne Morgan Morrow, MA, CI, CT
with special Deaf-Blind guest: Karen Bailey, MA

Available to view & earn CEUs anytime!
.15 CEUs in Professional Studies
Sponsored by Comprehensive Network
Interpreting as an interactive dynamic has challenges (demands) and resources (controls) that an interpreter will face in any given situation. Research has shown that burnout or professional exhaustion occurs when there is an imbalance between increased demands and decreased controls. The Demand-Control Schema (DCS) is a theoretical framework that allows interpreters to assess and mitigate the stressors that are inherent in the work of sign language interpreting. If an interpreter does not possess the accurate tools to adjust to the scenario of interpreting for a deaf-blind consumer, the stress experienced by the interpreter is increased.  Any ‘difference’ in the anticipated consumer then, presumably, can have an effect on the demands defined in the DCS.  In this webinar, participants will analyze a variety of scenarios involving deaf-blind individuals to explore how their physiological (visual) experience interacts with the above demands and the controls an interpreter possesses that can mitigate those challenges.

Learner Objectives:

  •  Demonstrate knowledge and applicability of the Demand Control Schema to interpreting scenarios requiring deaf-blind interpreting strategies.
  • Analyze potential demands placed on the interpreter when working with consumers with atypical vision.
  • Identify controls to assist in any scenario that is deemed as “deaf-blind interpreting.”
Little or no prior knowledge required to participate!
Cost: $27.99
$10 CEU Processing Fee
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Tomina Schwenke 
Clinical Psychologist & 
Sign Language Interpreter

Dr. Tomina Schwenke, Ph.D., CI/CT is a certified sign language interpreter and clinical psychologist with a specific interest in the mental health delivery system for individuals who are deaf, hard-of-hearing and deaf-blind. Tomina completed her doctoral studies at Georgia State University with a specific study in the relationships between stress, burnout and sign language interpreting. She has acted as a school counselor, therapist, sign language interpreter and has been an active participant in many interpreting related boards and committees.

"Therapeutic Demands with DeafBlind Consumers in the Mental Health System"

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Webinar Overview

This session will introduce interpreters to issues and ethical considerations relevant to working with individuals who are DeafBlind in mental health settings. Psychological and psychiatric terminology and concepts related to diagnosis and treatment will be addressed as well as theoretical approaches to treatment. Participants will consider issues of transference and countertransference and will identify ways that an interpreter might influence the psychological treatment process, particularly as it relates to the close proximal demands of tactile communication. Case studies will serve to clarify concepts. 

  RID CEUs: .15 PS

Sponsored by Comprehensive Network

Cost: $24.99
$10 CEU Processing Fee

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"Pro-Tactile: Understanding Touch Techniques to
Facilitate Communication with Deaf-Blind People, Part 1"
Presenters:  Steven Collins, PhD, CDI & Jamie Pope, MSW
 Recording available to view & earn CEUs anytime
Earn CEUs from the comfort of your home or office!
.15 CEUs in Professional Studies Sponsored by Comprehensive Network


This webinar will provide an introduction to Pro-Tactile (PT) communication techniques, a new movement within the deaf-blind community. PT encompasses effective touch techniques and strategies that facilitate the flow of communication and empowerment within all kinds of deaf-blind people.  Pro-Tactile is not tactile sign language. It is a system that uses touch cues to fill in the visual gaps for people with varying types and degrees of vision loss. These techniques are, anecdotally, enabling deaf-blind people to participate fully in any communication situation, regardless of group dynamics. This session will demonstrate the PT philosophy and attitude, appropriate boundaries and ergonomics for touch, and the common touch techniques used for giving feedback and visual information. 
Learner Objectives
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the philosophy, method, and attitude of Pro-Tactile.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the difference between Haptics and Pro-Tactile.
  • Identify the basic techniques for backchanneling and drawing tactile maps.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of why PT is important to the Deaf-Blind Community.
Cost:  $24.99
$10 CEU Processing Fee

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"Pro-Tactile: Understanding Touch Techniques to
Facilitate Communication with Deaf-Blind People, Part 2"
Presenters:  Jamie Pope, MSW & Steven D. Collins, PhD, CDI
  Available via recording to view and earn CEUs anytime!
Part 2 will focus primarily on advanced techniques of Pro-Tactile, including how interpreters can provide feedback from the audience & surroundings through tactile means to the Deaf-Blind speaker. This session will also address the importance of size and patterns and Point-to-Point descriptions using Tactile Maps.  Also, there will be a discussion on what is meant by a Pro-Tactile "attitude" and how to promote it appropriately.   There will be Q & A at the end of the session.  


.15 CEUs in Professional Studies sponsored by
Comprehensive Network

Cost: $27.99 
$10 CEU Processing Fee
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"Pro-Tactile: Understanding Touch Techniques to
Facilitate Communication with Deaf-Blind People, Part 3"
Presenters:  Jamie Pope, MSW & Steven D. Collins, PhD, CDI
Part 3 builds upon the skills learn in Parts 1 & 2 through the following: Participants will view a three-way communication interaction between two Deaf-Blind people and one sighted individual, observing how Pro-Tactile strategies are applied to assist a constant stream of backchanneling that supports the speaker and the listener throughout the exchange. Participants will also see how to apply Pro-Tactile skills to real-time interpreting experiences when the presenter is Deaf-Blind. Incorporation of visual environmental information throughout the exchange will be demonstrated.  Time will be devoted to Q & A at the end of the session.
Available via recording to view & earn CEUs anytime!
.15 CEUs in Professional Studies

Cost:  $26.99

$10 CEU Processing Fee

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Chris Woodfill, MA
"How to Be an Effective Support Service Provider"



Christopher Woodfill, MA 


 Available in archives to view anytime!

CEUs: .15 PS

Cost: $25.50

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Christopher Woodfill is the Helen Keller National Center Regional Representative serving the Mid-Atlantic region (NY, NJ, PR and VI). He has Usher Syndrome, Type I. Prior to his affiliation with HKNC, he worked for thirteen years as a high school teacher at the Wisconsin School for the Deaf. He also worked for three years as an English as Second Language instructor at English Language Institute at Gallaudet University. He holds a Bachelor degree in history and Spanish from Gallaudet University, a Master degree in Latin American Studies from George Washington University, and Master degree in Bilingual-Bicultural Secondary Deaf Education from McDaniel College. He is currently serves on the boards of the American Association of the Deaf-Blind and the World Federation of the DeafBlind.


B I G  N E W S!

"Accessing the World: Technology & DeafBlind People"

Available to view anytime!
CEUs: .15 PS


Anindya 'Bapin' Bhattacharyya, internationally acclaimed, leading expert
on state-of-the-art technologies for DeafBlind people will share his knowledge and personal experience on the current devices available to DeafBlind people that supports independence! 

Webinar Overview

Until recently, DeafBlind people had little choice in the type of communication devices that were offered to them. Yet, technology plays a major role in the independence, communication, and daily life of DeafBlind people. Thankfully, times have changed and an expansive array of options are available! 


The goal of this webinar is to provide interpreters and various professionals working with Deaf & DeafBlind people information, helpful tips, and resources related to adaptive technology that is currently available. Many of the adaptive devices are used in various interpreting settings such as using a computer with braille access/screen magnification and dual keyboards, face-to-face communicators, and more!


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"A Transitional Life: Understanding the Cultural Shift
 in the Usher Syndrome Life Experience"
Presenter: Rene Pellerin, BSW
Recording available to view anytime and earn CEUs! 
.2 CEUs or 2 Contact Hours in Professional Studies
Sponsored by Comprehensive Network
$10 CEU processing fee - let us know you need the CEUs at


Professional awareness and enlightenment can come in many forms. Rarely, as a field, have we viewed ASL storytelling as anything but a means of entertainment. This webinar will analyze the life lessons experienced by an individual with Usher Syndrome through the art of ASL storytelling. These stories will clearly elucidate the individual and societal barriers encountered by Deaf-Blind people.  Analyzing the cultural norms and expectations laid out by society will enlighten interpreters to the daily adjustments and assessments inherent in Usher Syndrome.  


This session will be conducted in two online components; Part 1 - Registrants will be required to view a prerecording of various vignettes told in ASL. Thought-provoking questions will be provided to assist with dissecting the imbedded implications for communication and support needs. 


Part 2 - Secondly, participants will come together in an online webinar platform to analyze the impacts that were illuminated through the previously viewed "Learning Through Laughter" anecdotes. Specifically, strategies to assist in interpreter education and Interpreter, Deaf and Deaf-Blind community solidarity will be addressed. 

Learner Objectives:
  • Identify components of Usher Syndrome that have significant impact on an individual's life, including identity, culture, independence, communication preference, etc. 
  • Determine behaviors to be adopted by interpreters (and the lay community) that would facilitate seamless interactions as exemplified by the video segments.
  • Analyze aspects of ASL expression, such as physical markers, explicit ASL choices, classifiers, societal response to DeafBlindness, etc.
  • Identify alternative choices within the required pre-recorded vignette that might enhance the quality of life for DeafBlind individuals.
Cost: $34.99
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