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ASLIA Pioneer Interpreters: A time of transition from 1970 – 1990

$150.00 (member price: $150.00)

This event is aimed at welfare workers who ‘worked as interpreters’ with the Deaf and wider Australian community in the 1970s and 1980s, and to interpreters who received their NAATI accreditation no later than 31 December 1989.

NAATI PD Points1.4 (40 pts)


Note: Please only register for this event if you worked as a welfare worker or interpreter in the 70s or 80s.

The “ASLIA Pioneer Interpreters: A time of transition from 1970 – 1990” is a two-day event that will document the evolution of interpreting throughout this period in the late 20th century. Historically, Deaf Society welfare workers had dual roles of welfare worker and interpreter until these roles were separated in the early 1980s, which opened the way to NAATI accredited interpreters. It will include guest presenters, multiple panel sessions as well as time for socialising.

Through the theme, “A time of transition from 1970 -1990”, ASLIA is featuring a retrospective of interpreting within the Australian Deaf community, wider social changes in the 1970s and 1980s, recognition of Auslan (Australian Sign Language), and many of the people “who were working as interpreters” at Deaf Societies and other community organisations supporting the Deaf and wider Australian communities.

The event aims to document some of the stories, experiences, barriers, challenges, and successes of those who interpreted through two decades of great social change. It will provide an opportunity to engage with 1970s and 1980s pioneer interpreters, share knowledge and experience, and collaborate in a collegial environment.

This inaugural ASLIA Pioneer Interpreters event will provide many positive outcomes, and one of the most significant will be the recording of our history. The face-to-face event will be filmed, and a highlights video will be available for purchase at later date.

We are excited to announce our Keynote Speakers are Dr Breda Carty AO, Honorary Professor Trevor Johnston, and Aurélie Sheehan and Jacob Wray from NAATI!

Cost: $150 (includes Morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea both days; keynote presentations and panel sessions; opportunities to socialise and network with peers and presenters)
Location: John Pierce Centre, 25 – 35 High Street, Prahran Victoria
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Major sponsors

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General sponsors

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