TBC News

TBC News September 1991"Membership organizations, such as the American Medical Association or the American Bar Association, do not certify the competencies of the membership that supports it financially, because this would pose serious conflict of interest issues.

We have not examined the ethical implications of certifying our own membership within RID. It benefits RID financially to certify as many members as possible- since certified members pay the highest dues- yet it may not be in the best interest of consumers and the profession as a whole."

click on the image to read the rest of the article: The Backward March of RID

TBC Co-director Betty M. Colonomos

TBC Co-director MJ Bienvenu

TBC News

TBC News

Archived newsletters, The TBC News, from The Bicultural Center circa 1988-1993. The topics in these newsletters offer historical perspective that continue to be relevant over 30 years later.

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Disabled? Who? by MJ Bienvenu

From the Viewpoint of a Multicultural Person by Wendy Cheng

Why We're Learning ASL by Pat Wagenknecht

Challenges in the Classroom by David Still and by Charlie Rancke


An Open Letter to Deaf Parents, Hearing Children of Deaf Parents, and Others Concerned with Deaf People Parenting Hearing Children by Betty M Colonomos

Black Deaf Students Overlooked by Two Worlds by Lindsay Dunn

Dancingly and Singingly by Sam Edwards

Challenging the Summit by Jesse Thomas


Letter to a Deaf Student by MJ Bienvenu, Betty M Colonomos, Judith Treesburg

Too Bad to be True: Deaf Teacher Unqualified to Teach Deaf Pre-schoolers by Beverly Hanyzewski



Deaf Jurors- Yes! by Janie Golightly

Let Me Set This Straight by Beverly Hanyzewski-Brizendine

The Wall: Oral Communication | Deaf Culture by Deaf Students, Cabrillo College, Aptos, California



Reflections of American Deaf Culture in Deaf Humor by MJ Bienvenu

Deaf English Class by Nattalia Zeva


An Open Letter to Alumni, Students of Gallaudet, and Friends by MJ Bienvenu

The Deaf Way: Reflections by Bob Alcorn

Ben's Story: A Deaf Child's Right to Sign Book Review by Lin Campbell and Holly Roth


Scholarship Fund for BIPOC Interpreters

BIPOC interpreters face challenges to be valued and recognized for their contribution to the field. BMC values these interpreters, offering scholarship funds for every seminar through donations from the interpreting community, BMC, and other supporters. We invite participation from our BIPOC colleagues.

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Scholarship Fund for Deaf Interpreters

Seminars conducted in ASL are designed to ensure that Deaf Interpreters have opportunities and choice of high quality professional development. Donations from the larger interpreting community and other supporters allow BMC to provide access to seminars for our Deaf Interpreter colleagues at lower cost.

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Foundations of Interpreting

The Foundations of Interpreting Seminar Series provides insights into The Integrated Model of Interpreting and the processes we engage in while interpreting. Click here for more information on the series as well as a schedule of current seminars being offered.

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