As we begin a new year, many Pagan organizations are beginning to plan their events for the year. Most of these events take place during the summer, usually around the Summer Solstice, although some take place during the spring (around the time of Beltaine on May 1st) or during the fall, (around the time of Samhain on October 1st).
One thing I am excited about is that through Deaf Pagan Crossroads, more Pagan organizations are becoming aware of Deaf issues, and taking a greater interest in accessibility.
However, accessibility for the Deaf Community generally means the need to provide sign language interpreters, and this is no easy task. Many of these organizations know little about interpreting, have never been confronted with the need for such in the past, and would not know how to go about getting an interpreter should such a need arise.
However, a number of them have been contacting me asking if I know of any qualified interpreters in their area who might be willing and interested in providing such services for their event – be it a public ritual, a gathering, a presentation, a workshop, etc.
I’m now trying to put together a list of qualified interpreters able to provide such services, that I might be able to consult such a listing should I receive such inquiries in the future.
If you or someone you know would be interested in providing sign language interpreting services for a Pagan-based event, please contact me – I will then send you a form you can fill out to be placed on a private list.
This list will be the property of Deaf Pagan Crossroads, and remain confidential. Your information will not be made public unless you give me your specific approval to do so. I have no plans to publish this list on Deaf Pagan Crossroads or elsewhere… I will only make it known to certain organizations that I do have such a listing, and they can contact me for further information as necessary.
While certainly it would be nice to identify those Interpreters in the community who are themselves practicing Pagans, I am aware that the vast majority of Interpreters are not. However, I know of several interpreters who have indicated a willingness to interpret for Pagan events, even though they themselves are not Pagan. This is fine – I am not requiring that one must be Pagan to be on this list… only that you are willing to be contacted and considered for such events. I realize that some individuals would not be comfortable with providing services due to personal conflicts, and I respect that. I strongly feel that no Interpreter should be forced into a situation that compromises their own beliefs – it would be unethical to do so. But by the same standards, I would expect any Interpreter who does take an assignment working with a Pagan organization to conduct themselves in an ethical and professional manner, regardless of his/her own personal beliefs and practices.
I have spent much of my adult life advocating for Deaf Pagans and educating both the Pagan Community and the Deaf Community. Through creating this blog, I have come to realize that there are in fact a number of Deaf Pagans, or at least Pagan-Friendly Deaf individuals who might be interested in attending such an event if it was accessible to meet their needs. I have also come to realize that there are many Pagans out there who would be willing to provide such accessibility should the need arise, if they knew how to go about doing so, and whom they could contact.
It is my hope to use the power of the Internet to help bring these two groups together, and thus create a world where the Deaf Community – just like any other community – can explore various spiritual paths and religious choices.
If you are not an interpreter but do have sign language skills and would be willing to utilize them to the best of your ability to assist any Deaf individuals who may wish to attend events in your area, you can still contact me – I will put you on a “Sign Language User” list as a Friend of the Deaf Community… someone who can at least help a Deaf person feel more welcomed and give them someone they can talk to, etc.
If you are an Interpreter or a Pagan with Sign Language Skills (at least conversational, please – meaning more than just the manual alphabet and a few signs!)… please do get in touch with me privately so that I might thus send you a form to be placed on a listing for future reference.
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Feel free to pass this information on to others you know!
Many Thanks and Many Blessings!
I also encourage all individuals interested in Deaf-Friendly Pagan Events to read these posts elsewhere at the Crossroads: