American Association of the Deaf-Blind

January 2010

In This Issue:

Spotlight on the Deaf-Blind Community

AADB in Action

Schedule of Events

Spotlight on the Deaf-Blind Community

Humble Advocate -- Interview with Tim Jackson

Timothy Jackson

Timothy Jackson

by Elizabeth Spiers

“I am a humble person and I listen to people,” Tim Jackson commented. “I believe in honest, open communication.”

Tim is carrying out this belief in his work as Vice President for AADB. He and President Dan Arabie have developed four goals for deaf-blind people nationwide: a national SSP program, regular national conferences, better access to affordable technology, and open communication with members.

More about Tim Jackson...

AADB in Action

Board Member Resignation

Tom Sprinkle

Tom Sprinkle

Tom Sprinkle resigned from the AADB Board of Directors effective January 1, 2010. He has been a board member since 1997 and was chair of the steering committee for the AADB 2003 conference in San Diego, CA. He was also the AADB liaison officer between AADB and Deaf Seniors of America (DSA) as they worked to improve services for deaf-blind attendees during DSA conferences. That led to DSA establishing new SSP services for deaf-blind participants. Tom was on a committee that assisted in locating a new office for AADB. He chaired the AADB awards committee for several AADB conferences. Committee members gave awards to worthy people for their great services to AADB and the deaf-blind community. We will miss him.

Interview on Deaf-Blind Interpreting

The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) printed an article in its November 2009 e-NEWS summarizing a presentation on deaf-blind interpreting that Jamie Pope and Aimee Chappelow Bader gave at the 2009 RID conference in Philadelphia, PA. The presentation was titled “Achieving Cultural Competence: An Interview on Interpreters Working with Deaf-Blind People.” Their presentation focused on deaf-blind culture and how interpreters can integrate deaf-blind cultural information when interpreting for deaf-blind people. Ms. Pope is the Executive Director of AADB, and Ms. Chappelow-Bader is an adjunct assistant professor and ASL tutor with the Interpreter Training Program at Johnson County Community College in Kansas.

Schedule of Events

Deaf-Blind Interpreting Workshop

The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf’s Deaf-Blind Member Section will host a workshop on “Interpreting for and with Individuals who are Deaf-Blind”, presented by Mala Poe and Rick La Bar, on January 30, 2010 in San Diego, CA. For more information, contact Mala Poe at vicechair.dbms@gmail.com.

Wishes for a great 2010!

The AADB Board of Directors and staff wish everyone a happy and healthy new year!

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