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Illusions of Access: Lessons from a Pandemic

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Workshops, seminars, and retreats from the Bilingual Mediation Center are posted in this Google Calendar (if you login to Google you can save dates to your calendar). Feel free to browse through it for more information.

The BMC Events Menu lists the current schedule of events in a variety of locations, including the ever-popular Foundations of Interpreting Series and the Etna Project.

The Foundations of Interpreting Seminar Series offers a progressively challenging approach to text analysis and releasing form, beginning with consecutive interpretation into English (L1 for most interpreters) and moving through the series toward simultaneous interpretation in both English and ASL. Each module is a prerequisite for the next module. More information about Foundations can be found here: Foundations of Interpreting Seminar Series

Participation in the Etna Project Series carries a prerequisite to have attended Foundations modules I & II. The Etna Project Series is offered annually. Once the series is underway, you will have to wait for the next series to attend. More details about the Etna Project can be found here: Etna Project.

Since the advent of public distancing has derailed our opportunity to meet together physically, BMC has also ventured into the world of professional development online. This includes both Foundations and Etna seminars, as well as shorter 3-hour IMI Seminars. Many of these are presented in ASL, ensuring that C/DIs have ample opportunities to join us.

BMC offers scholarships for C/DIs and BIPOC interpreters. Simply identify yourself as such and join us at a reduced cost.

BMC Roundtable Meets on Zoom

Foundations IV at ASD, January, 2020

Taking Foundations IV has a prerequisite of Foundations III, II, and I. This group had the unique opportunity of attending them through a discounted program sponsored by UConn and CRID.

Deaf Interpreters, Deaf of Deaf Interpreters, and Coda interpreters come together for Sharing Our "R" seminar.

This group came together in the first of its kind dialogue addressing how their formative experience, as heritage and native signers, effect their decision making and representation (‘R’) while interpreting. Conversations were based within the framework of the Integrated Model of Interpreting.

While participants take advantage of break time to get outside in the sunshine and stretch, they continue to talk about what they're learning in the Etna Project.

Foundations I USM January 2018

33 engaged, reflective people moving their zones and aha-ing all over the place. Just fabulous!

Zoom: the pandemic's gift to us.

Little did we know how connected we could be meeting together on Zoom.

Small group activity engages participants.

Small group focused on a specific task offers all participants the opportunity to fully engage.

USM Foundations Seminar

Talking about our learning.

Catching up with Betty during a break at the Etna Project NH, stimulated by the activities of the day.

Deaf Foundations III

Bringing Foundations of Interpreting Series to Deaf Interpreters

Illusions of Access: Lessons from a Pandemic.

Facilitators prep for breakout session during this presentation.

Group Photo Fun

A picture is worth a thousand words.

Foundations VII-VIII Worcester, MA 2018

Congratulations to these interpreters who have completed the Foundations of Interpreting Seminar Series!

Foundations II Holyoke, MA January 2019

Foundations participants take advantage of a photo op at the end of their seminar.

Dinner out after a day of Foundations fun!

Connections made with like-minded peers fosters a sense of community.

Foundations II Lakewood, CO February 2019

Another community of interpreters come together to play in the Foundations 'sandbox.'.

Deaf Foundations Fund


The Deaf Foundations of Interpreting Seminar Series is offered for Deaf Interpreters. This specialized series is for Deaf Interpreters only.

Donations from the larger interpreting community and elsewhere help to defray the cost of providing these seminars to our Deaf Interpreter colleagues.

Click here to contribute.

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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