If you have been following Deaf Pagan Crossroads lately, you know that one of the main projects I am working on right now is promoting Equal Communication Access at PantheaCon – one of the nation’s largest indoor conferences focusing on Pagan spirituality.
For more information about PantheaCon and its Equal Communication Access Efforts, please check out the following links for posts here at Deaf Pagan Crossroads:
I’m thrilled to say that things are progressing quite well in our efforts to secure interpreting services for this event.
First of all, Mr. Kevin Roddy has been appointed as Interpreter Coordinator, working with Glenn Turner (Coordinator of PantheaCon) and myself to oversee the coordination of such services. Kevin is a student in an Interpreter Training Program in Hawaii, and thus quite knowledgeable about sign language, interpreting, and the Deaf Community. He also formerly lived in the Bay Area, and therefore is familiar with PantheaCon, the local Pagan Community, and some members of the Deaf and Interpreting Community as well. I am confident that Kevin will rise to the task and be able to effectively handle his responsibilities.
A call went out to the Interpreting Community asking for individuals who would be willing to provide such services for PantheaCon, and we have been quite pleased with the response. Several interpreters both from the Bay Area and other parts of California, as well as across the country have contacted us expressing an interest, and we currently have several interpreters on our list. However, we are always willing to accept more so please feel free to contact us if you are interested…even if we don’t use your services this year, your name and contact information will be kept on file for next year.
An excellent point was made by one of my readers about providing real-time captioning (CART services) for those individuals who prefer this type of accommodation rather than sign language interpreters. At this time no requests for such services has been made, and we have not made any plans to provide such. However, this point is duly noted and will be discussed as an option for future conferences. If you are attending this year and do have need for captioning services, please contact Kevin or Ocean and we will do our best to see if we can accommodate you – it may be possible to secure a laptop and typist for such.
If interested in being an interpreter either this year or for next year’s PantheaCon; or if you are a deaf or hard-of-hearing attendee in need of communication access, please contact
Kevin Roddy at email@example.com
Ocean at firstname.lastname@example.org
Glenn Turner at email@example.com
At this time, we have several interpreters who are committed to coming to PantheaCon and have offered up their services to assure that this conference is accessible for Deaf attendees. In addition, we have interpreters who have indicated that they are available as needed. We have thirteen interpreters all together on our list of individuals whom we can utilize for this event.
However, we need to emphasize that not all of these interpreters are available for every day of PantheaCon or every workshop time slot, so we may still be juggling interpreters during the conference. If we get several Deaf attendees needing interpreters for different workshops all at the same time, it could get complicated. It is possible that we are not going to have enough interpreters to meet every single need. Bear in mind that there are over 200 different workshops being offered, and as many as 15 different workshops during the same time slot. Some of these workshops are ninety minutes in length, and thus may require a team of interpreters, depending on how complex the workshop is (a guided meditation may only need one interpreter, while a lecture would require two).
Currently we have four Deaf individuals confirmed as attending, and several others who have expressed an interest. We expect our largest number of Deaf attendees for Starhawk’s workshop “Holding Power Well” at 1:30 PM on Sunday afternoon.
As of the time of this posting, we have requests for interpreters for the following workshops, and are working to schedule interpreters for them:
Note: if you are or know the instructor for any of these workshops, please get in touch or have them get in touch with Kevin or Ocean to discuss the contents of their workshops and any particular details/vocabulary we need to know for the interpreters and Deaf attendees
3:30 PM – Men’s Spirituality and Men’s Mysteries (Ivan Richmond)
7:00 PM – Ask the Authors: Relationship with Deity (Llewellyn Author Panel)
7:00 PM – Invoking Your Sacred Self – A Workshop for Women (Ruth Barrett)
9:00 PM – Journey to the Enchanted Tree (Orion Foxwood)
9:00 AM – Shamanic Healing Demonstration (Mateyo Empie)
9:00 AM – The Amethyst Pentacle: An Exercise in Queer Divinity (Storm Faerywolf)
11:00 AM – Seven Gates of the Goddess Ritual Pathworking (Christopher Penczak)
11:00 AM – Archetypes of Masculinity Ritual (Brotherhood of the Moon)
1:30 PM – Ancestral Memory: Seeking the Hidden Cauldron (Raven Grimassi and Stephanie Taylor)
1:30 PM – Tibetan Buddhist Tradition (Isa Gucciardi, PhD)
1:30 PM – The Sacred Body of Woman (Z Budapest)
3:30 PM – Coyote and Friends: Trickster Gods, Humor, and Spirit (Ardantane)
7:00 PM – ADF Ritual (ADF)
9:00 PM – Love Tips of the Gods (Lia M. Salciccia)
11:00 AM – The Nature of Magic: Goddess Myths and Witch Thealogy (Patrick McCollum)
1:30 PM – Holding Power Well (Starhawk)
7:00 PM – Resonance: A Gay Alternative to Polarity (Hyperion)
11:00 AM – Psychic Protection (Mateyo Empie)
1:30 PM – A Pilgrimage: Circling the San Francisco Bay (Ginny Anderson)
3:30 PM – Closing Ritual (Glenn Turner and friends)
Note: If you are an interpreter who would be interested in possibly interpreting any of the above workshops, please get in touch with Kevin or Ocean ASAP!
Note: If you are a Deaf person interested in attending any of the above workshops, feel free to contact Kevin or Ocean to let us know of your interest, or simply show up at PantheaCon, register, and if possible let us know which workshops you are planning to attend so we can confirm that interpreters are still available for such.
Note: If you are a Deaf person who wishes to attend a workshop at PantheaCon which is NOT on the above list, please contact Kevin or Ocean immediately to let us know which workshop(s) you are interested in attending, so we can work on scheduling services for you.
To see a list of this year’s PantheaCon workshops, check this link
I would like to take a moment to thank everyone who has given of their support, their encouragement, their advice, and their time to make this happen.
It wouldn’t be possible without you.
I’m psyched! See ya at PantheaCon!