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Beyond the Cover: Judging the Story

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This webinar is 0.2 CEUs in the category of Professional Studies (PS) and Power, Privilege, and Oppression (PPO) and is presented at the Some Knowledge level. 

We’ve all heard the saying, “don’t judge a book by its cover.” But is that actually possible? Research shows that 99% of our behaviors are influenced by our unconscious mind, hidden from our view, whether intentional or not. Even “good people” subconsciously generate assumptions of a person’s competence, education, class, status, and values based on their perceived race, gender, age, and audiological status. These assumptions lead to implicit biases, which significantly impact how we interact with society including our peers, superiors, consumers, and stakeholders.

Even though no one is exempt from the pitfalls of implicit bias, we can make a concerted effort to align our behaviors with our intentions. In this interactive discussion, we will address implicit bias through research-based data as well as a narrative and social cognitive lens. I look forward to an open dialogue that shines a light on these hidden biases and strengthens our communities.

Target Audience: Professionals working within the ASL community

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1) Explain the cognitive processes that cause implicit bias which influence behaviors.

2) Recognize the impact implicit bias has on the ASL community. 

3) Perform self-assessments to uncover their own hidden biases.

4) Formulate strategies to strengthen the alignment of their behaviors with intentions and minimize biases influence.

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Brent Tracy

Brent Tracy, B.Ed, NIC, Ed:K-12 is a proud CODbA (Child of a Deafblind Adult), dually certified interpreter, and a Boston native. He began interpreting professionally in 1999 when he joined the staff at Gallaudet University Interpreting Services (GIS). Since then, Brent has worn several professional hats: interpreter, coordinator, advocate, mentor, and presenter.

In 2013, Brent founded Equal Access Resources, Inc. with the aim to address the strained cultural climate that still exists between and among service providers, practitioners, and Deaf and Deafblind communities. He believes in utilizing public platforms to foster honest dialogues to address ongoing disparities that will mobilize stakeholders to champion change.