As the field of signed language interpreting is growing and receiving more recognition and research there is an area that remains understudied, DeafBlind interpreting. Working with the DeafBlind community needs the focus of research and data collection. The research and data collected for this paper is focused on the San Joaquin Valley of California. This specific DeafBlind community is spread over several hundred miles and the interpreters available with the skill set to accurately interpret, in this specialized area of interpreting, are few and far between. This research is based on qualitative and quantitative data collection to represent the geographical area of focus and the people who live there. The data collected are from surveys that were sent out to the interpreting and DeafBlind communities in the geographical area of interest. With the data collected from these surveys and a review of national and international research, an examination of possible solutions to the lack of qualified interpreters who work in the DeafBlind community can continue. The hope for this research is that the information gathered will add another piece to the nationwide DeafBlind interpreting puzzle.

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Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies

Committee Chair

Amanda Smith

Committee Member

Elisa Maroney

Committee Member

Sandra Amundsen

Committee Member

Angelica Martinez


DeafBlind, interpreting, Protactile ASL, communication



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Education | Other Languages, Societies, and Cultures

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