WORKSHOP  10

TITLE: Do We Need to Adjust the Code of Ethics to Deaf Interpreters?

PRESENTERS: Karen Talks

The study ‘Ethical challenges among deaf and hearing interpreters’ is based upon two focus group interviews with deaf and hearing interpreters respectively, discussing and analyzing specific ethical dilemmas that sign language interpreters may encounter. The study shows that there are both differences and similarities between the two groups.

In the study we not only look at how the interpreters would act in certain situations, but also what their reflections are, and we discuss the reasons that underlie their different strategies when facing ethical dilemmas. The study reveals the complexity of ethical issues that deaf and hearing interpreters face.

In this workshop, we will discuss if the emergence of Deaf Sign Language Interpreters means that we need to revise the Code of Ethics for Sign Language Interpreters.

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