About Betty M. Colonomos

Betty Colonomos, Director of the Bilingual Mediation Center

Betty Colonomos is the director of the Bilingual Mediation Center. She was awarded the Masters Comprehensive Skills Certificate (MCSC) from RID in 1980 and was the second recipient of the Mary Stotler Award for excellence in Interpreter Education from CIT. Betty has served as the chair of many national committees on standards and evaluation of interpreters, most recently serving as co-chair on the CIT/ASLTA Task Force on Interpreting Standards.

Well known as an educator of interpreters and a language consultant, Betty developed the Integrated Model of Interpreting- the most widely used model for teaching processes used in training sign language interpreters. She consults with schools and the legal system as an expert on linguistics and cultural issues impacting the Deaf community and provides services in the area of instruction, consultation, mentorship, cross-cultural mediation, language assessment, interpretation, translation and curriculum development.



The Bilingual Mediation Center does work with other professionals in the arena of teaching, interpretation, and assessment. These colleagues are of the highest caliber and meet or exceed our standards. Specific information will be shared at the time of contract negotiation.

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Based on the works of L. S. Vygotsky and others applying his theories to education, our approach is informed by these principles:

  •   awareness of cognitive struggle may emerge during non-evaluative activity
  •   learning may occur through inquiry and dialogue (scaffolding)
  •   collaboration with peers and mentors in a safe environment facilitates this process
  •   cognition, emotion, and culture are interrelated and significantly impact learning

Our goal at BMC is to foster an environment where interpreting communities can openly discuss their work and growth while respecting each learner’s development as we strive to provide the highest quality interpreting services to our consumers.

To this end, a variety of holistic training approaches and formats are incorporated into the retreat schedule at the Etna Project and in the Foundations of Interpreting Seminar Series that recognize and honor the diversity of our communities.

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Deaf Foundations: Ally Donations

The Deaf Foundations of Interpreting Seminar Series is offered for Deaf Interpreters. This specialized series is for Deaf Interpreters only.

Donations from the larger interpreting community and elsewhere help to defray the cost of providing these seminars to our Deaf Interpreter colleagues.

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Foundations of Interpreting

The Foundations of Interpreting Seminar Series provides insights into The Integrated Model of Interpreting and the processes we engage in while interpreting. More information on the series as well as a schedule of current seminars being offered: click here.

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