Recruiting Participants for a Study of the Lived Experiences of Interpreters who Self-Identify as Disabled

Dear Interpreter:

Hello! My name is Lindsey Williams and I’m an interpreter in Lansing, MI. I’m also a graduate student in the Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies and Communication Equity program at St. Catherine University. I’m conducting my master’s thesis on the lived experiences of ASL/English interpreters who self-identify as disabled. My experiences as an interpreter with a disability have inspired this research. For the purposes of this study, the definition of “disability” is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity as defined by the ADA, but also chronic illnesses, conditions, or injuries. If this describes your experience, I am requesting your participation in the study! Taking the survey will require around 15 minutes. Survey responses will be anonymous. All information shared during this research will remain strictly confidential.

There is an interview component to the study as well. If you would be willing to be interviewed and discuss your experiences in the field of interpreting in more depth, please follow the link at the end of this survey and provide your contact information. The interview will take about an hour, via Zoom.

Link to ASL video explaining the study:
https://youtu.be/PXn2RJAGLN4

Link to the Research Survey:
http://stkate.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5pfg3SeLqIaQzk1

This study has been approved by the St. Catherine Institutional Review Board (#1340). If you have questions, you may contact the Chair of the board, Dr. John Schmitt, at (651) 690-7739 or jsschmitt@stkate.edu. You may also contact my thesis supervisor, Dr. Erica Alley, at (651) 690-6018, (612) 255-3386 (VP) or elalley@stkate.edu.

Thank you for your consideration,

Lindsey Williams, BEI 2, EIPA 4.2, RID Ed:K-12
llwilliams788@stkate.edu
Graduate student, MAISCE program
St. Catherine University