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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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Sarah Brown

CI/CT, BEI Master

Over 24 years experience as a certified interpreter
Currently working as an access coordinator, making NDC's work and media accessible!
BEI Master and RID CI and CT
BA in Human Resources Counseling with the Deaf; Interpreting minor
Interpreted in a wide array of settings: high-stakes executive business meetings, medical appointments, job training, technical workplace, staff meetings, interviews, platform interpreting, film projects, conferences, mental health counseling, education and more.

About me:
I can hardly believe that I've surpassed my 24th year interpreting! As a child, I watched my hearing parents interacting with the Deaf community in Arkansas.

Attending East Central University proved to be a perfect move for me. I was immersed in American Sign Language within the amazing community near the Oklahoma School for the Deaf and earned my bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Counseling for the Deaf with a minor in interpreting.

I've been married to my husband, a deaf business owner and tech geek, since 1997, and am a mom to 5 kids, including 3 hearing kids and a hard-of-hearing son and deaf son who both attend Texas School for the Deaf.

While still a student, I was first certified by the state of Oklahoma in 1995. I went on to receive the highest certification awarded in that state, as well as an NAD Level IV within my first 4 years of interpreting professionally. In 2001, I earned both my Certificate of Interpretation and Certificate of Transliteration (CI/CT) from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID). In 2016, I finally tipped my hat to the state I now call home and received a Master level certificate from the Board of Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI).

While I still do some VRI and community work, I am now full time at the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes, coordinating access, from arranging access providers to coordinating voiceovers and captions for video content.