Agenda for allies


Reclaiming Cultural Perspective, Design and Leadership

March 1,2,3 2019, Nashua, NH 

This is a Voice-Off conference.  Please sign everywhere. 


Plenary introduction to ALLIES


- Welcome

- IceBreaker

- History

- Time Line Activity

- ABC Poem/Skit challenge 

6:00 - 9:00 pm 


Ballroom Foyer

9:00 - 10:00 pm 



Plenary Session - Perspective

9:00am - 12:00pm 

Plenary Session: Ballroom 

Reclaiming DeafWorld Cultural Perspectives on the Most Wanted Changes in Interpreting 



12:00 - 1:30 pm 

- Lunch is on your own 

(A list of nearby restaurants will be available) 

Design - Working Groups


(Overflow break out sessions in Trafalgar suite)

1:30 - 5:30 pm 

- DeafWorld Perspectives Outcome: Most Wanted Actions

- Designing DeafWorld approaches to Most Wanted Actions

- Full Group:  Design Options from Working Groups 



5:30 -7:00 pm 

Dinner is on your own 

Final Touches! Trafalgar Suite

7:00- 7:30 pm 

- Last chance to polish up your short ABC Poem/Skit 

(optional, if needed)


Allies THAT!

ABC Poem/Skit Showcase & Social 


7:30 - 9:30 pm 

- You’re the Star!  ABC Poems and Skit Showcase

- Vote for best ABC Poems and Skits

- Ooooh, Fabulous Prizes!

- Food and Friends! 


NOTE:  There will be an AlliesCam set up in the Board Room for individual statements or short interviews.  3 minute time limits.  Sign up sheet will be available.



Leadership - Plenary Session


9:00am - 1:00pm


- DeafWorld Leadership on Most Wanted Actions

- Putting it all together

- Moving forward together

- Winners of ABC Poem/Skit Showcase and prizes

- Closing remarks 


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Allies Videos

Looking for DeafWorld Volunteers...Friday PM

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Hello Everyone! I am excited that the Allies Conference is coming up soon. Only one week left! This Vlog is a Call for Volunteers! We are looking for DeafWorld members (Deaf, Deaf-Blind, HH and Coda) who are interested in helping us out on Friday and Saturday. We would love to have you join us! If you will be arriving early on Friday, contact the committee to let them know. We will get the group of volunteers together and we will explain what we need and what to expect, etc. We will see you on March 1. I am really excited and can’t wait to see you there! (Text on the screen: If you can volunteer, please meet at the hotel (Trafalger Room) at 5:30pm on March 1. We will only need your help from 5:30pm-6:30pm. Email:  

Allies Videos

Come to the Allies Conference!

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Do you, as a member of DeafWorld, experience interactions with interpreters that don’t feel ... Have you ever wondered what happened to the alliance between DeafWorld and InterpreterWorld?  Or how InterpreterWorld has veered away from DeafWorld and deeper into HearingWorld and its influence on the education, philosophy, cultural values and practice of interpreters?  How does this shift affect members of DeafWorld? Do experiences with interpreters feel uncomfortable, out of synch or upsetting?   Do you wish interpreters were more in synch with DeafWorld members? Do you wish interpreters worked in partnership with members of DeafWorld?   Do you wish we could call a “time-out”, and reclaim the overarching concept of what it is to be an interpreter back to DeafWorld and its cultural context, philosophies and values? Would you like to have a 360 degree look at the issues and ideas from that perspective?  Would you like to be part of innovating and designing a DeafWorld vision for how we approach interpreting and take on active leadership roles based on those designs to affect a metamorphosis in InterpretingWorld and what it means to be Allies?  If so, I’m thrilled to announce that we will once again be hosting another Allies Conference back in its original home, Nashua NH.  In the 20 years since the conferences in Nashua, what new issues will we discover? What are the current configurations/contexts of DeafWorld and InterpreterWorld? How will our 2 worlds open up and bring forth those things fundamental to becoming Allies? 

Allies 2019 Conference Details 

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Facilitators for the next Allies Conference are Collie Daviton-Burland, Erin Sanders-Sigmon, and myself, Molly Wilson.  The cost of the conference for any interpreter, Deaf, Coda or Hearing, is $200.00. The cost for Deaf community/DeafWorld members is $50.00 The conference will be held at the DoubleTree Hilton, in Nashua, NH.  They are offering a special conference rate of $109.00/night, but you need to reserve your room before January 20th.  Contact the Hilton at 603-886-1200 and let them know you’re attending the Allies Conference and the discount rate will be applied.    A total of 1.4 CEUs will be offered for those interpreters who attend.    To register, go to, and click on the “registration” button and you will be guided through the process of registering.   This conference is presented and lived entirely in ASL.  No spoken language will be used and spoken language interpretation will not be provided.   If you are a member of the DeafBlind community and need specific accommodations such as interpreting services, you can make your request for whatever you need on our website and someone will be in touch with you to work it all out!  We’re looking forward to seeing you all there.  Come join us! 

What is Allies?...Perspectives

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Transcript:  What is your vision of Allies ? What does Cultural Perspective mean to you?   At this upcoming conference March 1-3, we will engage in rich and deep discussions on these topics and many more - all in ASL.  Deaf, Codas, Hearing folks - all are called to the table as we unpack deep-seated issues, and get to the core of DeafWorld perspective on interpreting.   As Allies, we will each bring our own perspectives as we look at where we began 20 years ago, and where we are today.   What do you envision for our future? What perspectives can you bring? With 360° views, what can we learn about where we are and where we hope to go?  This is exciting! …*woman smiles* I look forward to working with you as Allies! Hope to see you there! (Woman waves, video ends) 

What is Allies?...Leading the Way

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Hi, I’m Collie, One of 3 presenters for the upcoming Allies Conference related to alliance with the interpreting world being held in New Hampshire on March 1, 2, 3, 2019.  I’ll be discussing leadership - leadership in the interpreting world.  This discussion/work applies to individuals with interpreting experience: Codas, Hearing and now Deaf Interpreters who have come into the field.  We will explore how we build alliances.  At the conference, we will look at DeafWorld cultural Perspective from a 360 degree view, apply creativity in the Design portion, and then develop leadership to move our ideas forward by individuals who have DeafHeart and compassion, who “get it”on an intellectual and gut level, who value and cherish the Deaf community.  The Deaf community can absolutely attend and be part of the discussion, share your opinions and ideas, which would be the perfect addition to the conference.  I look forward to you all joining us by registering for the Allies Conference, March 1-3.  I hope to see you all there!   

What people are saying about Allies?

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Video Description

Dee Clanton, a white haired man with a goatee, wearing a white, short sleeved, collared shirt, monogrammed with "#44, 1968 NCSD National Champions" with a picture of a football included in the monogram, sitting in a tan high-backed chair in front of a maroon wall, looking at a book.   He notices the camera, puts down the book and signs his message. 


Next year, NHRID will host an Allies Conference.   The conferences in 1995, '97. '98 and '99 were great!  Groups of Deaf people, Codas and interpreters came from all over the region and shared a very valuable experience.  It was absolutely "WORTH IT".   You should know that there will be some heated conversations, and challenging issues, but in the end it was all valuable.   See you there next year!

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