september, 2019

21sep9:30 am3:00 pmInterpreting’s Most Outrageous Moments: An Ethical Study


Event Details


Interpreting’s Most Outrageous Moments: An Ethical Study
Presented by Alan Abarbanell

Saturday, September 21, 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., .5 CEUs
Cost: $20 for Mill Neck Interpreters, $35 General Admission
Deaf Education Center, 40 Frost Mill Road, Mill Neck, N.Y.
Please RSVP by Friday, September 13, at [email protected]

A highly interactive workshop designed to test interpreter’s knowledge of the Code of Professional Conduct, critical thinking skills, understanding and comprehension of cultural mediation issues and how all these disciplines intersect.

Participants will process and discuss—through individual and group activities—various scenarios offered by the presenter. Each “outrageous” scenario is based on an actual experience of the presenter and participants will be asked to examine the presenter’s response to each vs. their own likely response and finally how to apply professional standards and practices in similar situations. Participants will be able to cite the tenets of the CPC or describe the major underpinnings of the CPC Participants will be able to describe the intersection between the CPC and how their own personal/moral codes effect decision making, using critical thinking skills. Participants will be able to describe techniques whereby difficult or embarrassing subject matter can be addressed or discussed.

Alan R. Abarbanell For nearly 20 years, Alan R. Abarbanell has toured the United States with his critically acclaimed, one-man show, “The Abababa Road Tour,” chronicling his experiences growing up hearing in a Deaf family. ABABABA–a name given to him by a friend who could not pronounce Abarbanell–is a proud coda (Child of Deaf Adults). Alan wrote this show as a loving tribute to his Deaf heritage and coda family. Each performance is dedicated to Alan’s parents, Joe and Yetta Abarbanell, who he credits with his sense of humor, creativity and love for his community. Abababa takes his audiences on a roller-coaster ride of emotion—first pulling them through the hilarious rush and shocking twists of his youth, then plunging them into the tragedy and loss that followed, only to hurl them upwards toward uncontrollable laughter once again! With the simple wave of a hand, Abababa renders each audience exhausted from gales of laughter and torrents of tears by the show’s end. Alan is a veteran sign language interpreter originally from Chicago who, in addition to his 30 years of freelance work, has lectured nationally on the issues of interpreter ethics and coda family issues. Alan lives in Maryland with his gorgeous coda partner, Heidi, and her teenage daughter, Emily, and has three children, Erinn, Rachel and Jacob, who have formed their own organization known as COED: Children of Embarrassing Dads.

Reasonable accommodations must be made no later than September 6.
Cancellation policy available upon request.
MNIS is committed to promoting an environment of mutual respect and does not discriminate based on hearing status, age, race, religious, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other factor.
MNIS is an approved RID CMP sponsor for continuing education activities.



(Saturday) 9:30 am - 3:00 pm