ANC2018 News
Susan Emerson

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 our two Australian presenters – Peter Bonser and Stef Linder – 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.

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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.

ITNS Call for Papers – click here
ITNS Abstract Submission Form – click here

Submissions due by 5pm AEST, 27th April 2018.

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INVITATION – Become an ANC2018 Sponsor
View our Sponsorship Prospectus – click on the image below.

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.

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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.

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