Introduction to Active Shooter Response Training for the Deaf and Interpreters
Introduction to Active Shooter Response training for the Deaf and Interpreters – a cursory discussion on the terms, definitions, meanings, and means for preparation and response to an Active Shooter Incident for individuals whom are Deaf, hard of hearing, and/or American Sign Language Interpreters.
Topics covered include: basic personal preparation and readiness, how to start the dialogue of response procedures with colleagues and clients, the need for continuing training in both preparation and response, and a survey of trainings available online and in-person. The target audience for this course are interpreters who desire skills and knowledge to be prepared in a variety of settings.
After completing this course, learners will be able to explain the steps to take if confronted with an active threat, explain what to do when police arrive on the scene, and utilize resources for further training. These learning objectives will be presented with emphasis on the ethical considerations of the American Sign Language Interpreter for the Deaf as defined by the RID Code of Professional Conduct, specifically the applicability of confidentiality (1.0) in regards to reporting suspicious or threatening behavior in the workplace and/or in an educational setting (1.3) and the necessity of specific professional development (7.0) within the auspices of specific requirements by the Interpreter’s respective employer (7.1,7.2).
Aaron E. Shoemaker
Aaron E. Shoemaker is a Nationally Certified Interpreter living and working in the Atlanta metropolitan area. Aaron is a Native Signer, born to a hearing father and hearing mother who are both Sign Language Interpreters. His father served a mission to the Deaf for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and later taught his children to sign the language and respect the culture. Aaron is an Eagle Scout and has continued to volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America for most of his adult life, including service as a Scoutmaster in a Deaf troop. He has taught Sunday School and other church classes for over 20 years, including several years at the Phoenix Deaf Branch. Aaron completed his basic training as an Emergency Management Interpreter for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing in 2012 and has since gone on to become a Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security (GEMA/HS) Certified CERT Instructor in 2014 and complete CERT Train-the-Trainer and CERT Program Manager courses at the FEMA Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Maryland in 2016. All Hands On delivered Deaf CERT Basic in American Sign Language in February of 2016 and made Deaf history as the first time this was ever done anywhere in the USA. He completed his Search and Rescue training in the summer of 2016 and now serves Cobb County Search and Rescue as the only Interpreter in the USA currently attached to an active SAR team. Aaron then delivered Deaf CERT Train the Trainer fully in American Sign Language in January 2017, becoming the first ever CERT Program Manager in the USA to do so. Aaron is the husband of Kiesha Shoemaker, an Interpreter, teacher of the Deaf, and teacher of American Sign Language. They are the proud parents of six children. Aaron currently serves as the Executive Director of All Hands On, inc, a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to elevating awareness for the needs of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and bringing Deaf and Emergency Managers together in preparing for times of emergency and disaster.
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