Dr hab. Joanna Dybiec-Gajer, Associate Professor, Pedagogical University of Cracow
Wojciech Figiel – Teaching translation and interpreting to students with vision impairments
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University of Warsaw
Teaching translation and interpreting to students with vision impairments
Abstract This paper presents partial results of the study on translators and interpreters with sight impairments, based on 15 individual semi-structured interviews conducted in Poland between August and November 2014. It also highlights some of the personal experiences of the author who himself is a blind translator and interpreter. The main issue addressed is whether translational professions are accessible for people with sight impairments and how teachers should support the process of training of such students. It is argued, both on the basis of the results of the study as well as author’s personal experience, that translational professions are accessible and that teaching blind students requires just a few tweaks to regular classes in translation and interpreting. The paper concludes by describing the potential for blind people as respeakers.
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