Presenters – StreetLeverage Live Australia
Stef is a second-generation native signer of Auslan and lifelong member of the Deaf community. She has over twenty years of experience teaching Auslan and signed language interpreting to deaf and hearing L1 and L2 learners at both TAFE and University levels. She holds many roles in the Deaf Community as a Deaf Interpreter, translator and language consultant. Stef has also worked on a number of research projects, including an investigation of how beginner errors can be used to improve teaching Auslan as a second language, how deaf signers access healthcare information, the development of evidence-based English into Auslan translation standards and production guidelines, and the development of Auslan Medical Sign Bank and the Auslan Corpus. Her research interests include applied linguistics, innovative language pedagogy and social change in deaf.
The Deaf Community has been a huge factor in shaping who I am today. I am a fiercely proud Coda and have two deaf siblings. Throughout my entire adult working life I have worked within the deafness sector, in different states across Australia and at the international level.
I am currently employed as the “commUNITY” State Manager for Deaf Services Queensland. I oversee the community services program and manage a team who are based all over Queensland. I am an active member of the North Queensland Regional Disability Advisory Council, and have been for the last three years, where I advocate for the community with which I work.
Previous to this role I was employed by the Finnish Association of the Deaf to co-establish the Albanian National Association of the Deaf in Albania, and the Deaf Development Program in Cambodia. I have also lived and worked in London as a Nanny to a deaf child, and have worked as an interpreter coordinator, deaf employment consultant, interpreter, interpreter trainer, and with Indigenous Communities in the Northern Territory, which saw me based in Alice Springs. I am also a co-founder and current committee member of KODA Australia. I hold a Bachelor of Adult Education and previously held a NAATI Professional level qualification.
My greatest joy in life is being a mother to my two-year old daughter and enjoying home life in Townsville with my wife, Anita. Although I have a strong connection to my Maori culture and roots, and enjoyed growing up in Sydney, North Queensland is where my heart lies.
Volunteer at the ANC2018
Expressions of Interest (EOI) are sought from ASLIA Members and Members of the Deaf community interested in volunteering at the 2018 ASLIA National Conference in Brisbane (ANC2018). The conference will commence on the evening of Friday 21st September, and continue all day on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd September, 2018. ANC will be followed by the Interpreter Trainers’ Network Symposium (ITNS) on Monday 24th September, and preceded by the StreetLeverage – Live event on Friday, 21st September 2018.
EOIs should answer the Selection Criteria outlined below, and be submitted with the ANC2018 Volunteer Expression of Interest Form (see below) to:
Volunteer/Registration Coordinator – ANC2018
ANC2018 & ITNS – Expression of Interest for Volunteers (Word document) – click here
ANNOUNCEMENT – JW Flynn Orator
ASLIA had the honour of reviewing submissions detailing the outstanding commitment of many high-calibre candidates for the J.W. Flynn Oration. It is a testament to the extraordinary work and dedication that the nominees have for both interpreting and Deaf communities. Thanks must go to the nominators and the nominees themselves.
It is with great pleasure that ASLIA and ANC2018 announce Susan Emerson (Victoria) as the 2018 J.W. Flynn Orator.
Susan Emerson has worked as a professional interpreter for 32 years and has completed the Post Graduate Diploma of Auslan-English Interpreting at Macquarie University and a Bachelor of Education (LOTE) at La Trobe University.
In Australia, she has achieved the highest interpreting credential as a NAATI Certified Conference Interpreter and is an Accredited International Sign (IS) Interpreter, awarded by the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) and World Association of Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI). Her work as an International Sign interpreter has seen her work at global conferences, events, and as a designated interpreter at political, sporting and international development forums.
She has been heavily involved in establishing and delivering interpreter training programs and professional development workshops across Australia and the world. Under the Finnish Association of the Deaf (FAD) Susan was engaged as Interpreter / Interpreter Trainer (2005-2007), Susan worked in Kosovo to develop an interpreter training program. This role also took her to Albania, Serbia and Turkey. In 2008 Susan, again employed by FAD, worked in Cambodia in a similar capacity. Susan has also delivered interpreter training programs and workshops in Vietnam, Taipei, Macau, New Zealand and Fiji. She is passionately committed to supporting interpreters living and working in developing countries, and equally, to creating opportunities for younger up and coming interpreter practitioners and leaders.
Susan has held many roles in community and professional deaf and interpreting committees, including: President of ASLIA Victoria; co-founder and Convenor of the Creating Opportunities Fund (a scheme designed to provide training opportunities to interpreters living and working in developing countries); Chair of the Auslan Interpreting Industry Forum Victoria; and as Head Coach for the Australian Deaf Women’s Basketball team for numerous Deaflympics, and is currently Treasurer of WASLI and Convenor of the 2018 WASLI Oceania Conference in Fiji.
In 2012 she co-founded the arts-specific community organisation, Auslan Stage Left, ensuring that arts organisations understand their human rights obligations towards cultural participation, and increasing awareness amongst artists, producers and audiences of the importance and value of access in the creative industries.
Susan is a proud native Auslan user from an eight-generation deaf family and has learnt multiple signed languages. She lives and breathes the ASLIA National Conference theme of “Partners in Practise” by including, consulting with and working alongside deaf people in all she does.
ANNOUNCEMENT – StreetLeverage – Live Australia
ASLIA is proud to announce its partnership with StreetLeverage U.S.A. to deliver Australia’s very first StreetLeverage – Live event on Friday 21st September, prior to the commencement of the ASLIA National Conference.
StreetLeverage – Live is a thought leadership event where interpreters and industry stakeholders courageously share their ideas and perspectives in an effort to rethink the way we understand, practice, and tell the story of the sign language interpreter.
The morning Main Session features two Australian presenters – who will be live-streamed for national and international participation. Attendees at the Brisbane event will benefit from lively discussions in the workshop sessions later in the day.
ANC2018 Welcome Reception, including the J.W. Flynn Oration occurs on the evening of the 21st September, immediately following the StreetLeverage – Liveevent.
ASLIA and ANC2018 look forward to seeing you at Australia’s very first StreetLeverage event.
OPEN – ITNS Call for Papers
Interpreter Trainers’ Network invites the submission of abstracts for the 10th ASLIA Interpreter Trainers’ Network Symposium (ITNS). Held on Monday 24th September 2018, the ITNS offers interpreter educators and trainers an opportunity to come together to share information, expertise and resources. The ITNS takes place immediately after the ASLIA National Conference.
We are seeking presentations on innovative approaches that promote good teaching and learning; mentoring programs / supervision; implementation of training in a new era and specific strategies educators have found useful in training interpreters. Delegates in attendance at the ITNS are typically signed language interpreter educators, trainers, mentors and practitioner-researchers from Australia, and overseas.
Submissions due by 5pm AEST, 27th April 2018.
INVITATION – Become an ANC2018 Sponsor
View our Sponsorship Prospectus – click on the image.
ASLIA would like to extend a warm invitation to the interpreting, Deaf and wider community, to sponsor the 2018 ASLIA National Conference (ANC 2018), StreetLeverage – Live, and the Interpreter Trainers’ Network Symposium (ITNS) held on 21 to 24 September, in Brisbane, Queensland.
This is a chance for our industry partners to truly engage with the conference theme “Partners in Practice”. This theme reflects our belief that the greatest benefit to our industry and the communities we work in, comes from exploring, developing and sustaining important partnerships.
We are pleased to offer a range of investment opportunities with many levels of participation. Together with ASLIA Queensland, we look forward to welcoming you back to Brisbane in 2018.
We look forward to your expression of interest, your partnership is greatly valued.
INVITATION – Expression of Interest for Interpreters
Expressions of Interest (EOI) are sought from Auslan-English and Deaf Interpreters interested in working at the 2018 ASLIA National Conference in Brisbane (ANC2018). The conference will commence on the evening of Friday 21st September, and continue all day on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd September, 2018. ANC will be followed by the Interpreter Trainers’ Network Symposium (ITNS) on Monday 24th September, and preceded by the StreetLeverage event on Friday, 21st September 2018.
ANC2018 Expression of Interest for Interpreters – click here
Submissions due by 5pm (QLD), 30th April 2018.
ANNOUNCEMENT – ANC2018 Welcome