Date of Award
Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies and Communication Equity
ASL & Interpreting
This study examines the experiences of ASL/English interpreters who self-identify as having a disability. Little is known about this group of professionals so the literature review begins by investigating various theories from the field of disability studies and their possible applications to the conceptualization of interpreting. Using grounded theory research methodology, quantitative demographic data was collected and combined with interviews from interpreters with disabilities to better understand their experiences from their own perspective. Patterns uncovered in the study include experiencing ableism and internalized ableism as common, the role of extralinguistic knowledge, and the challenges of performative neutrality when in the role of ASL/English interpreter. It is my hope that this work will usher in a future where we create a new, collaborative interpreting model and an interdependent, fully representative field of professional interpreters.
Williams, Lindsey. (2020). A New Lens: The Lived Experiences of Interpreters with Disabilities. Retrieved from Sophia, the St. Catherine University repository website: https://sophia.stkate.edu/maisce/33