RIT News: Experts Available On Mandela Fake Interpreter

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South African officials are embarrassed today after learning a man sharing a podium with speakers at Nelson Mandela's funeral was a fake sign language interpreter. How would organizers know whether an interpreter is legitimate? Rochester Institute of Technology's National Technical Institute for the Deaf graduates dozens of skilled interpreters each year.

South African officials are embarrassed today after learning a man sharing a podium with speakers at Nelson Mandela's funeral was a fake sign language interpreter. How would organizers know whether an interpreter is legitimate? Rochester Institute of Technology's National Technical Institute for the Deaf graduates dozens of skilled interpreters each year with bachelor's degrees. NTID has the largest and oldest sign language interpreting program in the country. Several dozen students are not only skilled in sign language, but they also learn ethics and signing specialties, such as court and medical interpreting. Graduates from the program have been in the news recently, including Lydia Callis (Mayor Bloomberg's interpreter during Super Storm Sandy), and Holly Maniatty, who interprets for hip-hop concerts including the Wu-Tang Clan. We have experts to talk about interpreting as a profession - graduates can find jobs anywhere. We also have more than 1,250 deaf and hard-of-hearing students on campus (until the holiday break Dec. 20). Contact: Greg Livadas (585) 329-9485.

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