Architecture designed with the Deaf in mind

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The William Woods University language and interpreting lab in the ASL Studies department has considered the various ways in which a space could be more beneficial for using sign language. But how could architecture serve to help both the hearing and the Deaf? When you think about all of the architectural tools used in the […]

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ASL career spotlight: Deaf advocacy – Part 1

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When you study ASL and Deaf culture, you learn to understand an exceptional community, one you inherently become an advocate for — no matter what career you choose. But there are various advocacy organizations and causes students of sign may become especially passionate about — ones that they may pursue as careers. In addition to ASL coursework, […]

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5 Keys to making the most of your ASL interpreting degree

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As you pursue your bachelors in interpretation studies, your professors and advisors will work with you to make sure you have all of the right experiences and study requirements for interpreter certification exams, but there is a lot you can do to get the most out of your time in school. It’s a time when resources […]

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The benefits of early visual language development for hearing children

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Students studying American Sign Language Studies can use their fluency in the language and understanding of Deaf culture virtually in any career, including one working with hearing children. The use of American Sign Language has proven to help hearing children in a number of ways, including proven benefits to speech and communication development, the numerous […]

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ASL Alumnus Spotlight: Harrison Jones, Part 2: Now

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In our last blog, Look into ASL spoke with William Woods University ASL interpreting alumnus Harrison Jones about his experience and advice for future bachelors in American Sign Language interpreting students. Jones is currently an interpreter specialist with Bridge Interpreting – MERIL. He provides interpreting services in a wide range of settings, including legal, medical, […]

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ASL Alumnus Spotlight: Harrison Jones, Part 1: Then

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ASL Interpreting alumnus Harrison Jones found William Woods University through his sister — who fell in love with ASL after taking a few courses for a diversity requirement. Jones started as a legal studies major with an interpreting minor, in hopes to work as a lawyer who specialized in working with the Deaf, but quickly reversed […]

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Sign language around the world

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Bachelors in American Sign Language interpretation students at William Woods University have so many opportunities to explore the global implications of sign languages around the world — from ASL 120 Deaf Culture, where students compare and contrast Deaf culture in America with other perspectives, to Interpretation courses. In the above Attitude Live video, New Zealand Sign […]

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How Social Work aids ASL Interpreters, and vice versa

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The combination of study in both social work and ASL, whether it’s a bachelors in Interpretation Studies or a Bachelor of Arts in American Sign Language Studies, brings substantial benefits that go two ways. Both American Sign Language Interpreters can use social work skills in their interpreting, and licensed social workers can use American Sign […]

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The beautiful symphony of music and sign language

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More than simply an interactive relationship, American Sign Language and music are in fact one and the same, with more similarities than some may have ever come to fathom. Deaf sound artist and composer, Christine Sun Kim, explains this concept through her TED Talk entitled “The enchanting music of sign language”. “For example, a musical […]

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American Sign Language students get ready for Oct 23 Interpreters Conference

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In 1994, when American Sign Language Program Director and professor Dr. Barbara Garrett saw a need for an interpreters conference in the state of Missouri, she worked with a few other professionals and grant money from William Woods University to get it started. “We expected maybe 100 people, and over 350 came the first year. […]

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