Deaf Foundations

Illusions of Access: Lessons from a Pandemic

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When you register for any BMC seminar, you have the opportunity to contribute to the Deaf Foundations Fund. Your contribution there will be applied to upcoming Deaf Foundations seminars, which have a Deaf co-facilitator where all participants are Deaf interpreters or are in training to become such.

Your contribution helps to counter the imbalance in our field where work opportunities are often insufficient to provide Deaf Interpreters with steady income working as interpreters. Reducing the costs associated with required Continuing Education Units is one way to support our Deaf colleagues.

Deaf Foundations III (March 2017)

A group of Deaf Interpreters come together to learn at Deaf Foundations.

Why Deaf and Coda Foundations?

Foundations seminars are designed for coda interpreters and deaf interpreters separate and distinct from the general Foundations of Interpreting seminar series.

The rationale for doing this is offered in ASL. Click on the image for an explanation.

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Deaf Foundations Update

If you are a Deaf Interpreter or Certified Deaf Interpreter, we invite you to consider attending the upcoming Deaf Foundations I Online Seminar. Funds contributed by the Bilingual Mediation Center and from hearing and coda interpreters have been applied to the overall costs to reduce the out-of-pocket cost for you, our Deaf colleagues.

We appreciate you and all the work you do!


 $1,000 donated to reduce the cost to Deaf Interpreters


The majority of sponsorship funds for Deaf Foundations comes from BMC with some donations coming from interpreter colleagues. 

Thank You

On behalf of the Bilingual Mediation Center, all the coordinators for seminars, the support staff, and the Deaf participants who are seeking training, we want to thank you for your generous donations.

As you know, there are still limited job opportunities for Deaf interpreters, and most Deaf interpreters are not able to support themselves with this work. As a result, it can be difficult for them to afford the travel, lodging, and registration costs necessary to take advantage of the few high quality trainings that are designed for their needs. There are bright prospects in the interpreting field for well-trained Deaf Interpreters--for their regular and widespread use. Your donations help defray some of the costs for our Deaf colleagues, making these trainings available, and supporting the growth of the field.

When you register for any BMC event, you have the option to donate to Deaf Foundations Fund. You may also donate directly any amount you wish using the PayPal button below.


We are grateful for your support and hope others will follow your lead by donating whatever they can to this worthwhile effort.



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