As immigrant and refugee populations in American schools continue to increase, the education system has opted for changes to better accommodate these students. The impact schools are experiencing requires careful reflection and analysis. Considering the number of deaf individuals who are included within the immigration numbers, it seems incumbent upon American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters as professionals to also prepare themselves in order to provide accessible interpretations for students. This research will highlight the progression and change within the educational interpreter’s landscape and attempt to provide temporary strategies that ASL interpreters can utilize while the student is in the process of learning ASL and English. This work will be viewed through the lens of trauma informed care while specifically addressing trauma derived from both the migration process and language deprivation.

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Action Research

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies

Committee Chair

Amanda Smith

Committee Member

Elisa Maroney


deaf, immigrant, interpreter, trauma



Subject Categories

Language Interpretation and Translation | Sign Languages

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