Deafblind Interpreting Workshop

Able Australia client with their interpreter

Today there are close to 300,000 people living with dual sensory loss (hearing and vision) in Australia. This number is expected to rise to over 1,000,000 by 2050.

This increase, together with recent introductions of government schemes such as the National Disability Insurance Scheme, has resulted in unprecedented demand for interpreters with the skills and knowledge required to work with deafblind clients.

Join Dennis from Able Australia to gain insight into the DeafBlind world and learn all you need to know to adapt your interpreting to meet the needs of deafblind clients. This training session will incorporate:

  • Deafblind world experience

  • Responsibilities of interpreters in deafblind settings

  • All methods of communication used by deafblind people

  • How to invert a visual language into a tactile language including

  • Turn taking

  • Questions directed to deafblind clients

  • Minimal pairs

  • Numbers

And more!

*Certificates of Attendance will be issued at the workshop. This workshop will be conducted in Auslan, Interpreters will be provided for those who do not sign.

About the facilitator:

Dennis Witcombe is a NAATI accredited professional interpreter. Having been awarded as Victorian Deafblind Interpreter of the year three times, he is well-known and respected for his work with the deafblind community. In 2010 he was a recipient of the Winston Churchill Fellowship to research deafblind communication overseas. He currently works for Able Australia as an in-house interpreter and deafblind communication consultant delivering workshops on Deafblind Awareness, Deafblind Interpreting and Social Haptic Communication.

Event Date: 
Thursday 5th April at 6:00pm - Thursday 5th April at 9:00pm

Guide Dogs SA/NT, 251 Morphett Street, Adelaide


For further information please email or call 0427 414 037.

ASLIA members $50 Non-members $60 Full time student/concession $40