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Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Interpreting Outdoor Adventures

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Interpreting Outdoor Adventures

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Date: Originally presented live May 2022

Location: Your home or office (online)

RID CEUs: 0.3 PS

Cost: $45

Language: American Sign Language

Workshop Description:

In this workshop interpreters will learn how to avoid rocky situations while interpreting outdoors adventures. We will also discuss how Outdoor Adventure Interpreters (OAI) can provide access for the Deaf community as well as bringing the outdoor industry to a new level of awareness and understanding. This workshop will help interpreters gain valuable knowledge of what it takes to create a bridge connecting between communities: Outdoors, Deaf and Hearing folks. We will discuss the importance of Standing in allyship with the Deaf to pave the road to a more inclusive, accessible, equal and diverse environment when attending Outdoor festivals, clinics, training classes, and indoor rock climbing competitions etc.

Educational Objectives:

At the conclusion of this workshop students will be able to:

  • Discuss ethical scenarios and how to react to them in the outdoors
  • Explain how to set-up your interpreting space and how to be seen in unusual settings
  • Recognize basic outdoor signs specific to Outdoor Adventure Interpreting

Presenter Bios:

Image of Sonya Wilson outdoors in the mountains

Sonya Wilson has always been a wild child.  She grew up in Las Vegas with the Red Rock Canyon as her backyard. Often she was outside exploring and climbing something. In her childhood, her family was always on an outdoor adventure which gave her a strong foundation in diverse outdoor experiences. She attended Azusa Pacific University where she was awarded a BA and MA degree. In college, she took classes which focused on outdoor recreational activities such as rock climbing, hiking, mountaineering, etc. which enhanced her lifelong passion for the outdoors.

In her professional life, she has completed various outdoor courses from REI, National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), Red Rock Rendezvous (RRR) and learned from well known climbers like Beth Rodden and Lynn Hill. She currently lives in California where she has been teaching ASL in diverse settings for 24 years.

She is the founder of ASL Climbing Network. She has hosted outdoor and indoor climbing events for her local community. She started a Deaf climbing group at RRR in Las Vegas where she recruited and trained Outdoor Adventure Interpreters (OAIs). She started her own annual ASL Climb and Camp weekends in Joshua Tree, CA for the past three years.  

Sonya’s vision is to create a bridge connecting Deaf and Hearing communities who share a passion for the outdoors. We can achieve this by building a network of a more inclusive, accessible, equal and diverse environment for all who attend outdoor events; to create a culture where these key components are a given and not an afterthought.

Eliza Barlow

Image of Eliza Barlow outdoors in the mountains.

Eliza Barlow has been interpreting in Utah since 2009. She has a BA in Deaf Studies from Utah Valley University and Utah Professional certification. She has been an outdoors enthusiast for as long as she can remember. Living in the Rocky Mountains has given her the opportunity to explore the great outdoors. She specializes in rock climbing and hiking but likes to dabble in canyoneering and river trips too.


Full refunds will be given for all written (emailed) requests received within 30 days of purchase. No refunds will be given for requests received after that time but funds may be used toward a future Zaboosh workshop.


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Zaboosh does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. 

This workshop is geared toward working ASL interpreters and interpreting students and will be presented in American Sign Language.

*RID credits are sponsored by Zaboosh. Zaboosh is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for Continuing Education Activities. This Professional Studies program is offered for .3 CEUs at the Little/None Content Knowledge Level.

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