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Beyond Ethics: The Rules.  Our Values.  Our Vision.

Every decision an interpreter makes is an ethical one—from how to render the message faithfully to where to sit in the room. The Code of Professional Conduct provides a guide for ethical practice, but rarely can it provide a definitive answer on the right thing to do in any specific situation. What guides us, then? How do we make decisions in the moment, or reflect on our actions in retrospect, or the actions of our colleagues? Beyond Ethics is an interactive, participant-centered workshop, offering a framework for ethical decision making based on the values that drew us to the profession in the first place. Participants will gain new tools with which to make ethical choices, to reflect on their practice, and to lead a professional life more focused on their overarching values as interpreters and allies of the Deaf community.


Educational Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to state the difference between ethics and values.

  • Participants will be able to state two or more values that led them to becoming interpreters.

  • Participants will be able to state the history of RID’s Codes of Ethics and other legislation/events that influence interpreters’ decision making.

  • Participants will be able to trace the evolution of the profession’s expectations for ethical practice.

  • Participants will be able to apply interpreting values to ethical dilemmas and state what values apply to each scenario.


This workshop draws from, and expands upon, my

article, "Beyond Ethics: Rules versus Values for Sign Language Interpreters."

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