Deafblind Interpreting Workshop

Hosted by Able Australia

28/11/2018 | Starts: 6:00 pm | Ends: 9:00 pm | Venue: St Lucia Community Hall Ironside Park 27 Guilfoyle Street Saint Lucia, QLD 4067

Today there are close to 300,000 people living with dual sensory loss (hearing and vision) in Australia. This number is expected to rise to over 1 million by 2050. This increase together with the recent introduction of government schemes such as the National Disability Insurance Scheme has resulted in unprecedented demand for interpreters with the skills and knowledge required to work with deafblind clients.

Join Dennis from Able Australia to gain insight into the deafblind world and learn all you need to know to adapt your interpreting to meet the needs of deafblind clients.

This training session will incorporate:

  • Deafblind world experience
  • Responsibilities of interpreters in deafblind settings
  • All methods of communication used by deafblind people
  • How to convert a visual language into a tactile language including:
    – Turn taking
    – Questions directed to deafblind people
    – Minimal pairs
    – Numbers

About the facilitator:

Dennis Witcombe is a NAATI accredited professional interpreter. Having been awarded as Victorian Deafblind Interpreter of the year three times, he is well-known and respected for his work with the deafblind community. In 2010 he was a recipient of the Winston Churchill Fellowship to research deafblind communication overseas. He currently works for Able Australia as an in-house interpreter and deafblind communication consultant delivering workshops on Deafblind Awareness, Deafblind Interpreting and Social Haptic Communication.

NAATI PD Points: 10

*Certificates of Attendance will be issued at the workshop. This workshop will be conducted in Auslan, Interpreters will be provided for those who do not sign.

For further information please contact Danielle Vicary at or on 0402 444 263.

NAATI PD PointsRecertification Category 1.4 - 10 points

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Deafblind Interpreting Workshop