Nobody does me, like me: The story of a Black CODA - Asynchronous
This presentation explores the lived experience of a Black CODA and the various cultural intersections that defines her identity. The workshop will also examine her journey to becoming a professional interpreter and how the path can be made easier for the next generation.
RID is providing this workshop as an opportunity for safe, respectful learning and will not permit harassment, discrimination or horizontal violence based on another's comments, questions, schema, race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or any other protected class.
•Participants will be exposed to the impact of culture on the formation of identity for Black CODAS and also how culture plays a role in a Black interpreter’s signing and processing.•
•Participants will be able to identify differences between IEP educators perspectives of constructive criticism vs. racial microaggressions.
•Attendees will be able to identify several challenges faced by Black CODAs working in the profession.
•Participants will gain tools to begin the groundwork for working with Black CODAS as “allies” and in mentorship settings.
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Amber Robinson (Moderator)
Amber Robinson is an Black Nationally Certified interpreter, ASL performer, and social media
content creator who lives in Birmingham, Alabama. Raised in Talladega, Alabama, she is the
proud daughter of Black Deaf parents who gave her the freedom to create her own story and
the strength to continue the legacy of her Deaf and hearing family members.
She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Troy University Interpreter Training Program. While
in this program, she noticed the lack of diversity and representation in the interpreting field in
Alabama and developed a passion for bringing more awareness to the skills and talents of Black
interpreters. Also, during her time at Troy, Amber was able to develop a collaborative
partnership with the Troy University Department of Theatre and Dance for the production of
“Once On This Island” in 2017. The production, that predominantly featured minorities,
showcased the talents of Black interpreters and celebrated the usage of ASL within the creative
Amber is currently an educational interpreter for K-5 students within inner city schools. She
strives to be a role model to those aspiring to be a part of the ASL community through
interpreting, as well as to the students she interprets for. As a community interpreter, Amber has
participated in and interpreted several social justice events (i.e. Black Lives Matter protests)
where she demonstrated her role as a trailblazer for the representation of ASL. As one of very
few Black interpreters in the State of Alabama, Amber has raised awareness regarding what
Black interpreters face in the field and community each and every day through music, dance,
and performances - both live and on various social media platforms. Amber has been
recognized for her journey as a Black CODA Interpreter in Buzzfeed, RID Views, and various