The Silent Garden
The 10th annual Silent Garden Lecture on Feb. 26, 2022, focused on interpreting was exciting and inspirational for all professionals, interns, and students. Many expressed how pleased they were with so much relevant information presented – refreshing perspectives for the role of interpreters, both Deaf and hearing.
Almost "Dr." Sharon Hill's panel and presentation on the topic of “Finding What Is lost – The Challenge of Creating Human Connection in the Interpretive Experience” was outstanding. Everyone appreciated the new and enhanced "point of view of an interpreter." Dr. Christopher Tester's “Deaf Interpreters of Today” was absolutely cutting-edge material for the entire field of interpretation and translation.
Everyone valued highly the comments, thoughts, and insights of the six panelists: Lori Breslow, Dr. Joseph Hill, Omar Ruiz, Carla Shird, Steven Stubbs, and Rosemary Wanis. All in all, a terrific event! We also thanked Russ Kane and the Laurence W. Levine Foundation, the Silent Garden Education Fund, and College of Health and Human Services at Fresno State for sponsoring the 10th annual Silent Garden Lecture.
This lecture featured guest speaker, Jennifer White, who spoke on the topic of "School to Work Transition Planning with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students."
Because Deaf and Hard of Hearing students are often deprived of full language access throughout childhood, they can experience gaps in world information and require specialized help to find jobs. The lecture provideed current and much-needed guidance for teachers, educators and professionals working with high-risk students seeking to enter the workforce.
Gael Hannan was our guest lecturer and discussed the impact of hearing loss on relationships, raising children, work issues, and the things we love to do. There was also a panel of individuals who shared how they deal with their hearing losses. Additionally, we held a support group in the afternoon for attendees to share their experiences with others.
Two Silent Garden Lectures were held this year.
First was a two-day summit, a collaborative partnership between The Silent Garden program and the California Department of Education, brought 200 administrators and educational interpreters from throughout the state to campus. Participants discussed roles and responsibilities of educators and interpreters of the deaf and hard of hearing, learned new state standards and curriculum goals and received information about required assessments and certifications in the field. (Read more)
The second event involved president of Gallaudet University Roberta Cordano as the keynote speaker. was hosted alongside Fresno State’s Celebration of Diversity event recognizing the 200th anniversary of Deaf Education in the United States (hosted in the morning). This afternoon lecture was attended by many Fresno State students, local teachers, and families. Irma Sanchez was the invited back: Working with Latino Families with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children. Her earlier lecture done in Spanish was primarily for Latino Families with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children.