Deaf Interpreters Seminar 2017

6th efsli Deaf Interpreters seminar
Toulouse (France)

6th to 7th September 2017

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Frequently asked questions

Registration deadline:
31st August 2017


1) The themes of this year’s seminar are:

• “Co-Interpreting in Medical Settings” (Nigel Howard)
This all-day workshop will focus on effective co-interpretation techniques between two interpreters (deaf-hearing, deaf-deaf and hearing-hearing) in medical settings. This can be applicable for any other settings.  Numerous of role-plays will be utilized in order to practice the techniques.
The workshop will also focus on recognizing and utilizing effective classifiers/depictive constructs, placement, facial grammar and 3-Dimensional space describing basic human anatomy.  Participants will practice a variety of human organs such as the brain, heart, liver and some systems such as circulation and digestion.
The workshop is highly interactive where participants will be shown 3-D visuals of the human anatomy and then practice.   It will also be part of the co-interpretation exercises.
• “Interpreting for Deaf Asylum seekers: Legal and ethical challenges” (Thierry Haesenne)
The seminar will be the opportunity for you to learn more about European laws regarding asylum seekers/refugees and the ethical challenges that arise for deaf interpreters when interpreting for deaf asylum seekers/refugees.
The seminar will mix theory and practical sessions throughout the day and you will also be able to share your experiences as deaf interpreters for deaf refugees or benefit from your colleagues’ experience.

2)  Time and place

The course will be held will in Toulouse (France) from 6th September to 8th September 2017.

The training schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, 6th of September 2017 from 09:00-18:00
Thursday, 7th of September 2017 from 09:00-18:00

Address of the training venue:

Espace diversités – laïcité
38, rue d’Aubuisson
31000 Toulouse



3) Who are the trainers?

Nigel Howard (Canada) works as an instructor at Douglas College in the Program of Sign Language Interpretation (INTR), and Child, Family and Community Studies (CFCS).  He also instructs at the University of Victoria in the Department of Linguistics.  One interesting thing is that he commutes between Vancouver and Victoria by seaplane twice a week!
Nigel has been working as a Deaf Interpreter for around 25 years in various settings such as medical, mental health, legal, theatre, community and conference / workshop settings – locally, nationally and internationally in ASL, and International Sign.  He is an Accredited International Sign Interpreter by the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) and World Association of Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI).
He provides workshops, training and presentations, as well as consultations, on varying topics around the world ranging, for example, from Interpreting in Medical Settings to Deaf Interpreter training to Deafhood: Global Diversity in Deaf Culture, and Enculturation & Acculturation: Deaf and Hearing Worlds/Spaces.
Nigel Howard is a member of WAVLI, AVLIC, and WASLI (Deaf Interpreter Advisor).  He is part of the United Nations team of International Sign Interpreters.
Thierry Haesenne (Belgium) is Assistant-Professor at the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium where he teaches French Belgian Sign Language (LSFB), translation and interpreting. He was involved in the campaign leading up to the recognition of LSFB and was part of the first governmental advisory board for LSFB.
He recently co-wrote with several other deaf interpreters a report for the recognition of the profession of deaf interpreter in French-speaking Belgium. He is also among the first French-Belgian deaf interpreters to be trained at university level and regularly interprets for asylum seekers.

4) Communication at the 2017 efsli Deaf Interpreters working seminar will be in International Sign

Correspondence with efsli and official documents will be in English.

5) Who can register?

Sign language deaf interpreters interested in this topics.

6) How do I register?

Registration is online at:


Your place on the course will be confirmed by email.
Please do not book your accommodation or flight until your place on the course has been confirmed. Or if you do so, it will be at your own risk.

Selection of participants will be made according to the “first come, first served” system.
Training will take place if the required minimum number of participants has registered.

7) How much does it cost?

Registration fee is including coffee breaks and lunches with sandwiches.
The participants will have to arrange for their own accommodation and travel.

Payments must be made the same day of registration. If not, your registration is not valid.
Please email a copy of the proof of your payment to the efsli secretariat. If you have difficulties when making your payment, please immediately contact the efsli secretariat at

Registration (+ payment) deadline is 31st August 2017

Registration fees:
‘Regular’ ends : 30th July

  • efsli individual member (GDP up to 20.000 €) 120,00 euros
  • efsli individual member (GDP exceeding 20.000 €) 220,00 euros
  • non efsli individual member (GDP up to 20.000 €) 220,00 euros
  • non efsli individual member (GDP exceeding 20.000 €) 320,00 euros

‘Late’ ends: 31st August

  • efsli individual member (GDP up to 20.000 €) 170,00 euros
  • efsli individual member (GDP exceeding 20.000 €) 270,00 euros
  • non efsli individual member (GDP up to 20.000 €) 270,00 euros
  • non efsli individual member (GDP exceeding 20.000 €) 370,00 euros

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Individual membership is open to Sign Language Interpreters within Europe and other interested persons who subscribe to the aim and objectives of efsli.

Sign language interpreters who are members of National Associations (full members of efsli) are not automatically individual efsli members. You can become an individual member here:

DI Seminar 2017

8) I want to cancel my registration. Can I get a refund?

Please be advised that if you wish to cancel your registration then the following cancellation policy applies.

If your cancellation is received:

  • before 31st August 2017: 50% refund (minus bank transfer fee)
  • after 31st August 2017: no refund

Changes in registration: 50 Euro (it will be applied if you decide not to cancel your registration but send someone else instead of you).

Cancellations must be sent by email to and need to be officially confirmed by efsli.

9) Do you still need further information?

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact efsli at or efsliDI chair

Looking forward to welcoming you in beautiful Toulouse!