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American Annals of the Deaf

Gallaudet University Press for Sign Language Studies

“The American Annals of the Deaf is a professional journal geared towards working to improve the quality in education and related services for the deaf or hard of hearing children and adults. Some of the topics are communication methods and strategies, language development, mainstreaming and residential schools, parent-child relationships, etc. This would be a very good place to stay up to date with our current information.”

“This journal is good because it contains articles from 1996 to the present, which allows us to look at how things have changed in the Deaf community. It has articles covering all different topics such as programs, communication, education, religion, family dynamics, disorders, employment, diversity, and much more. This is a good resource for interpreters because of its many topics and updated information. It is important to remain up to date with ongoing issues in the Deaf community and this is a good source of professional development.”

“This journal is related to the education and services for deaf and hard-of-hearing children and adults. Some of the subjects this journal includes topics such as language, linguistics, and media.”

“American Annals of the Deaf is a scholarly journal focused on the education of deaf students and their education development. The journal provides research on a variety of topics within that focus lending important information for the professionals involved with the education of deaf students. Some examples of the topics include communication methods and strategies, language development, and mainstreaming and residential schools. The research put forth through this journal can help interpreters continue to educate themselves in issues and hot topics within the deaf community. Many of the topics discussed in this journal will aid interpreters in their working with the Deaf community and as a part of the educational team in school settings for example.”

“This publication focuses on providing support to the deaf community by writing articles dedicated to quality in education and also services for the deaf. It discusses many topics in its quarterly publications such as: child abuse, leadership styles in the Deaf community, and meeting needs of Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals with additional disabilities. This would be a great journal to submit to or read once in a while, especially as an interpreter needing to stay up to date in current issues or concerns in the deaf community.”

“This journal focuses on educational issues, but most importantly up and coming services for the deaf and hard-of-hearing children and adults.With this journal you will be introduced to information that is essential that is needed to our profession. Also, staying up to date to the advances in our field will continue to increase our ELK. Another benefit to reading this journal is we can always place the information in the back of our mind and we may need to use it for an interpreting assignment.”

“This journal is one that we see over and over again when looking at deaf studies and I think it is a useful resource to have as interpreters in order to stay current and up-to-date in our profession. These journal articles relate specifically to education and related services for deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Additionally, this journal could be an important one to reference if doing research pertaining to deaf individuals and education. Several issues have been brought up and addressed in these articles.”

“This individual journal focuses on educational issues, such as services that are provided for deaf adults or children. Also, this journal touches on hot issues that apply to the field to a day to day basis. Interpreters can stay up to date, and be aware of what is going on. This can also be a very helpful tool in keeping our ELK in check.”

“This journal contains information related to the quality of Education for the Deaf. This would be a good resource for students and interpreters so they can remain up to date with the education of Deaf students and new theories. It also provides more information about residential and public schools, language development and teaching skills needed for teaching Deaf students.”

“This journal focuses on the education and related services for Deaf or hard of hearing children and adults. It offers information on education for Deaf children as well as a variety of other information for professionals who work within the realm of education for the Deaf. Topics covered include: Communication methods and strategies, Language development, Mainstreaming and residential schools, Parent-child relationships, and Teacher training and teaching skills. The journal is published 4 times a year in addition to a reference issue that lists schools and programs nationwide that serve the Deaf and hard of hearing populations. Interpreters can read this journal to learn the up-to-date information on Deaf education and what new and upcoming things are happening within the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities.”

“The American Annals for the deaf is the oldest journal that has been published that discusses issues related to deafness. If that is not enough said, the annals is a great journal to read for interpreters, teachers of the deaf and Deaf people to stay updated with various aspects of deafness. The annals really take a focus on the education of deaf and hard of hearing individuals but ranges from language to cochlear implants. It can be a really good way for interpreters to stay aware of issues or hot topics in the deaf community because as interpreter is a part of the job to stay knowledgeable about issues and concerns in the deaf community.”

American Annals of the Deaf: “Co-enrollment for Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: Friendship Patterns and Social Interactions”

Article by Sandy Brown in 153.3, 2009, pages 285-293 is called “Co-enrollment for Students who are deaf or Hard of Hearing: Friendship Patters and Social Interactions”

“This article discusses a study that assessed children that were either in a classroom with deaf children or were not in order to determine their attitudes and acceptance towards deafness. I think that this proves that education of cultures different than one’s own will really go a long way. This is a great article for educational interpreters, as it really focuses on the feelings that children have towards deafness and the friendships that occur between deaf and hearing students. Teachers and interpreters should be aware of the social acceptance or the lack thereof between students in the classroom.”

American Annals of the Deaf: “Service-Learning: Recentering the Deaf Community in Interpreter Education”

“The journal written by Sherry Shaw and Len Robinson. Their study of reading instruction in general education, resource, and self-contained classrooms from grades 1 through 4 in public schools. It is resourceful for the interpreters in educational settings because they are concerned about deaf students’ reading levels.”

“The journal talks about how open dialogue between interpreters and members of the Deaf community should always be opened and maintain. This can help prioritize the needs of the Deaf community. The journal discusses how if students lack community involvement there can potential be a disconnection in culturally and linguistic skills needed. The journal discusses how an interpreting program can only be strengthened by community involvement. And the students will receive a more comprehensive education.”

Deafness and Education International

Published by John Wiley and Sons

“This journal is not available in print at EKU’s library; however it is available online through EKU’s website. The electronic ISSN is 1557-069X and the ISSN for the printed version is 1464-3154. Publication started in 1999 and continues this day. Issues are published every March, June, September, and December. It is based in the UK and focuses on the education of deaf infants, children and young adults. It also includes articles on linguistic, educational, social and cognitive development, and sign language, deaf culture and traditions, cochlear implants, educational technology, child development, audiological issues, and educational and legal issues. This article would benefit anyone interested in the above mentioned topics.”

“This collection of articles focuses primarily on education and language. This includes relationships between the family, behavior of deaf children, and challenges seen in the educational setting with deaf children. These topics would be good for interpreters who plan to work in the educational setting, or perhaps even in counseling sessions. By reading about these topics, an interpreter could have a better understanding of topics that could be seen on the job.”

“This journal focuses on deafness and education for the Deaf and Hard of hearing across the nation, with many articles and editorials from educators everywhere. This will be good journal to subscribe if you are a teacher for the deaf or aspiring to become a teacher for the deaf. This would be a good journal for interpreters who work in the school systems. It can be a good way to keep up with issues that are relevant to education and individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing. As the research for our profession and deafness and continues to grow staying aware and knowledgeable about education in relation to deafness.”

International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism

Taylor and Francis Journals, Inc.

“For this journal its main focus is not American Sign Language, but the components that make up language. For example, other than linguistic, psychological, neurological, and social issues. Although the main goal for these issues are to examine behavior of bilingual and multilingual individuals.”

“The aim of their Journal is to be very international. It demonstrates high-quality research, theoretical advances, international development to foster international understand, and to spread ideas about initiatives in bilingualism and bilingual education. However these journals do not aim towards American Sign Language itself it does stress the importance of being bilingual and it raises issues that deal with things that as interpreters we will be faced with. Also it talks about controversy in bilingual education and bilingualism in general.”


Routledge. 13.6

“This journals addresses issues beyond our boundaries—world wide. Research that is involved within this journal is very high tech—the newest research topics are included within this piece. Also, something that was interesting to me was the bilingual research that was touched on in this journal. With this journal, things of research are being pursued as we speak.”

“The aim of this Journal is to be aware of international issues. This journal also focuses on high-quality research, theoretical advances, international developments to foster international understanding, and to spread ideas about initiatives in bilingualism and bilingual education. With this journal you will read about how to apply research into the bilingual education. This is beneficial to interpreters because we do need to know about the research that is happening in our field and also the advances that are being developed. Also, it is beneficial to interpreters because at some point we may be doing research as well.”

International Journal of Interpreter Education

Conference of Interpreter Trainers

“The information in this journal can be very valuable for interpreters as well as working interpreters to continue their education. This journal has various research articles in relation to interpreting that can be used for interpreters around the nation to apply to their profession as interpreters. The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf code of professional conduct states that interpreters must engage in professional development. This journal is great way to stay abreast of our evolving profession and everything that it entails with more and more research becoming available to interpreters to assist in providing a tremendous service to deaf and hearing consumers.”

Journal of Applied Psychology

“I find that the journal of Applied Social Psychology has been very helpful, though it is not solely related with ASL interpreting, it does apply to our field. This journal holds research about how people behave in differing situations and circumstances and why they behave that way. I believe that it is very important for interpreters to be skilled at understanding why a person is behaving a certain way to be able to interpret to the best of their ability. This journal offers research articles that will increase the interpreters understanding of why and when people may change. I think social psychology is something every interpreter should be aware of, because social psychology focuses on behavior within social context.”

Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education

“This is a journal about the research that addresses and relates to individuals who are deaf, including cultural, developmental, linguistic, and educational topics. Basically, all areas that have been researched in the deaf world may be an article which appears in this particular journal. However, most articles seem to address mostly issues related around the topic of deaf education and educational development for this particular group of individuals. Again, this is an important resource for interpreters to have because it addresses the forever evolving world of deaf education, issues, and commonly addressed topics.”

“This journal is focused on education and different topics and issues that may be commonly discussed and may arise in those settings. It has articles that discuss cochlear implants as well and language acquisition in deaf individuals. It would be a very interesting read for any interpreter working in an educational setting because it discusses many issues you may face when in an IEP meeting or others various educational settings.”


“Language Development in Deaf Children’s Interactions with Deaf and Hearing Adults: A Dutch Longitudinal Study” by Jetske Klatter-Folmer

“They observed two deaf girls and four deaf boys. They use Sign Language of Netherlands and spoken Dutch. The data they collected focusing the lexical richness and syntactic complexity of children’s utterances in both languages. It helps us to understand their background and how they picked their language, etc.”

Journal of Interpretation

Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. Alexandria, Virginia. 2006

“The JOI is published by RID and is a compilation of research and studies done within the field of interpreting. It would be beneficial for student and interpreters to have access to the JOI in order to see different theories related to interpreting and the field, as well as being able to stay up to date with research.”

“This journal addresses several topics in the world of interpreting. Articles range from A to Z and address issues such as RID and NAD evaluations, certifications, preparation and education for interpreters, the deaf community, working in teams, etc. This journal is important to the world of interpreters because I think, really, our goal is to all become certified interpreters. With that being said, these articles talk about these issues, what has been studied, and then shows the changes over the years. This is a great resource for interpreters in all settings.”

“This journal is comprised of submissions of commentary, articles, research, etc. related to the field of interpreting. It is a good resource for interpreters and interpreting students to keep up with new developments in the interpreting field. Also is a good way to share information with colleagues. Distributed in the Spring or Summer to RID members. Articles of interest contained within the 2006 issue: Job Satisfaction Among Sign Language Interpreters, Burnout of Sign Language Interpreters and a Commentary on the Professional Status of Sign Language Interpreters.”

Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development

Article by Clark, Graeme M., and Laureate Prof Emer in Volume 45.5 (2008): 651-693 is called “Personal reflections on the multichannel cochlear implant and a view of the future.”

“This article is interesting as it explains the findings of how cochlear implants affect a person. It explains the reproduction of sound with electric stimulation, the surgical factors, and what is involved in the speech processing for post-linguistic Deaf people. It’s a very interesting read and it uses many pictures, tables, and graphs to help aid the reader to understand the material fully. It’s great for interpreters to understand what this experience is like for the deaf people that have one, as we will see many of them in our field. We will probably continue to see more and more cochlear implants over time. Since there are some people that have these implants but decide not to use them, we may be working with them quite a bit in the field. It’d be great to have this background knowledge.”

Journal of Sign Language Studies

Gallaudet University Press for Sign Language Studies

“This publication is geared toward studies about sign language. Its publication type is academic. One good factor is that this publication is sent out four times a year.”


Publication of the National Association of the Deaf. March-April 2009. Vol. 9, No. 2.

“This journal is a publication of the National Association of the Deaf. This is a good resource for interpreters and interpreting students to keep abreast of current events in the Deaf Community, be aware of deafness related issues and the deaf perspective of them, education opportunities, and much more. Distributed to the membership of NAD. Articles of interest in the March-April 2009, Vol. 9 No. 2 include Access: Mental Health (Advocating for Mental Health Services), Doctor, Can We Please Communicate (Guidelines for Using VRI in Medical Settings) and Matt Hammer Hamill: Deaf Mixed Martial Arts Fighter.”


A Publication of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc.

“The VIEWS is sent out quarterly and is a current source of information related to the field of interpreting. Its gives information related to the NIC, workshops, current events, articles and educational opportunities for interpreters. All of these things would make this journal very valuable to students.”

“RID Views is the professional publication for members of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. This journal is an excellent resource for interpreters and interpreting students to stay abreast of what is happening within the field of interpreting. It provides information related to specific interpreting settings such as legal, medical, VRS, etc. It provides information related to interpreter education, certification, health, employment opportunities, national organization information and much much more. It is published quarterly and sent to RID members. Articles of interest contained in the Winter 2009, Vol. 26, Issue 1 are related to the interpreting in Video Relay Service, a discussion the role of Deaf Interpreters and Deaf-Blind interpreting in court.”

Sign Language and Linguistics

John Benjamins Publishing Co.

“This online-only journal focuses on signed languages and the linguistics of those languages. It covers several different signed languages and a variety of studies done on these languages. This academic journal is where people within the linguistic field can share ideas on language. This journal contains articles that look at current views of sign languages and how current views affect the language. It also contains grammar related articles and how the modality (signed vs. spoken) affects the grammar. Interpreters can read this journal to learn the current studies related to sign language and learn skills that can apply to their interpreting work. This is also a good reference for linguistic information specific to American Sign Language. Within this journal are extensive studies on various signed languages which interpreters can read to gain knowledge on a variety of signed languages.”

“Having access to journals such as Sign Language and Linguistics is a helpful resource because it offers new research on linguistic topics. This journal offers a variety of topics from syntax of ASL to the importance of role-shifting. Being up to date with evolving language and new research will help interpreters stay on top of their game. They will be able to offer a better interpretation by being aware of ‘hot topics’ and improve their interpreting by applying the new information. Many interpreters may not be aware of this resource and should take advantage of the opportunity to read up on new ideas and developments in the interpreting profession.”

“Not available in the EKU library but available online with twelve volumes available from the year 1998 to current. It can be linked from EKU’s library website, from google or the ISSN is 1387-9316. Each volume contains approximately five articles. Twenty issues are available electronically. It discusses many different topics researched in all types of sign language that are related to linguistics. It would be of use to anyone who is interested in linguistics of signed languages whether that is a student, teacher, researcher or interpreter.”

Sign Language Studies

Gallaudet University Press

“This journal was started by William C. Stokoe, a major figurehead within American Sign Language Linguistics. It includes information on the linguistics of American Sign Language and on the dynamics of the Deaf community. It includes a wide array of related subjects and disciplines including: linguistics, anthropology, semiotics, and deaf studies, history, and literature. Sign Language Studies is a good resource to learn about studies happening within the realm of Deafness and any related information. It can be a good source of knowledge for interpreters who want to learn more about the language of the Deaf community, Sociolinguistic information on the Deaf community and information regarding the interpreting community.”

“Sign Language study has been very helpful to me in my journey through school. It offers a wide array of articles from linguists who give a variety of opinions and perspectives of ASL and how it is use and how it applies to various settings. This journal is rich in information. It is very helpful for new and experienced interpreters who are just learning about the depth of linguistics or seasoned interpreters who want to brush up and those ‘hot topics.’ In any part of your interpreting journey it is very helpful to keep up with changing language new techniques and how it applies to your work.”

“This journal is available at EKU’s library in the periodicals section on the first floor in a type of storage. However, many articles are available in PDF form when you look the journal up on EKU’s library homepage. There are ten volumes starting in 2000 to current. The volumes are published each fall, winter, spring, and summer. This journal prints articles and essays that relate to signed languages and the signing communities. This would be of use to anyone who is interested in linguistics, anthropology, semiotics, Deaf culture, Deaf history, and Deaf literature.”

“Articles that are included within this journal are mostly focused on academic happenings, as well as specifics on the language. Things such as lexicalized signs, and protests are mentioned. This information is helpful upcoming interpreters to stay abreast of new terms, and newly acceptable things in our field.”

“This set of journals is geared towards research about sign language. It is sent out four times a year on interesting new topics. However you can subscribe online and you can pull up any journal that interests you. You can reach this website at This is a very good website because it also offers you articles that you can read and the titles are endless. This is beneficial because we as interpreters need to be up to date on our research that is happening in our field.”

“Sign Language Studies offers articles such as The 2006 Protest at Gallaudet University: Reflections and Explanations. There are a wide range of different articles that are included in the journal. Some focus on academic, the protest that happened, lexicalized signs, and so on. This is beneficial to interpreters because it keeps us up to date educational information and things that are up and coming in the community. As interpreters we need to stay knowledgeable about the new and upcoming information about interpreters and new advances in the profession.”

“This publication is very academic and is published quarterly. It would be useful for anyone interested in doing an in-depth study involving linguistic features of American Sign Language. You can find interesting topics ranging from “Gesture and the Nature of Semantic Phonology” to “Language and Literacy Acquisition through Parental Mediation in American Sign Language.” This would be a great option for anyone desiring to go deeper in an academic journal.”

“This journal is published quarterly and was started by William C. Stokoe in 1972. This journal focused on American Sign Language and the dynamics of Deaf communities. Recent article topics include language and literacy acquisition, deaf children and writing, Simultaneous Communication. Archives are available on the internet and Eastern Kentucky University receives this journal as published. This journal touches on a variety of issues concerning sign language and the Deaf community. An interpreter may use this journal as a means for continuing education in all areas.”

“These studies are good for anyone dealing with sign language especially interpreters.  Topics include linguistics, other cultural sign languages, history, and life stories.  This journal would be beneficial to interpreters because of its linguistic and cultural value.  By reading these articles, we help to broaden our knowledge about the world, our language, Deaf culture and community, and language.”

“The journals are sent out quarterly. It allows them to receive new information on their study in Sign Language. The journals will remain updated and resourceful for everyone who is involved in the Deaf Community.”


One article by Brian Greenwald in Volume 9.3 (2009) pages 258 – 265 is called “The Real “Toll” of A. G. Bell: Lessons about Eugenics.”

“This article discusses eugenicist Alexander Graham Bell and the negative contributions he made for the Deaf community. It explains the background of oralism and why he felt that teaching the deaf to talk was in their best interest. It also explains Bell’s story and his views on deafness. It’s a great article to read and realize the past mistakes and hopefully this knowledge will prevent these mistakes from reoccurring.”

The Use of Visual Feedback During Signing: Evidence from Signers with Impaired Vision

“This journal discusses the role of visual feedback as it takes place during signing. The writers investigate the size of one’s signing space, by comparing three groups of signers, those with normal vision, those with tunnel vision, and those with no vision to see if the signing space decreases depending on who they are signing with. Results showed that those with tunnel vision made signs closer to the face than those without. While those with normal sight and those with no sight at all signed the same without decreasing their signing space. The data found lead to the conclusion that visual feedback does indeed play some role in sign production.”

The Volta Review

By Volta Bureau, Volta Speech Association for the Deaf, Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf, Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Washington, D.C. 1910-present.

“The Volta Review is a scholarly journal focusing on the field of hearing loss. The AG Bell foundation supports understanding childhood hearing loss and early diagnoses and intervention. The Volta Review publishes articles relating to hearing loss and education of children through oralism. Examples of recent articles topics include, acquisition of language by children using cochlear implants, hearing aid innovations, literacy and deafness. This review can offer a great deal of information regarding hearing loss, technology, and cultural issues in the Deaf community. Interpreters can use this a means of continuing education and professional development.”

Using an ASL/English Bilingual Approach to Help Deaf Students Understand and Solve Math Word Problems

“This journal talks about how Deaf students can be at a disadvantage when trying to solve math questions that are presented in English sentences. Here the writer explores ways to improve both English and writing skills. By using a bi-lingual approach to a math problem, it could be explained in ASL number tales and then into fingerspelling and then into English so that a student to improve in both math and their English at the same time. In the end student were able to acquiring solving strategies for math word problems as well as improve their English comprehension of the math problems.”


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