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Interpreting Scientific and Medical Signs: A Deaf Doctor's Perspective

  • 04 Nov 2022
  • (PDT)
  • 05 Nov 2022
  • (PDT)
  • 2 sessions
  • 04 Nov 2022, 6:00 PM 8:00 PM (PDT)
  • 05 Nov 2022, 9:00 AM 1:00 PM (PDT)
  • Deaf Community Services of San Diego
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Interpreting Scientific and Medical Signs: A Deaf Doctor's Perspective

Presented by Dr. Lorne Farovitch

Workshop Description:

Know the sign for Covid-19 but not many other commonplace science/medical signs? Does your brain ache when words have more than four syllables...especially in a doctor's office? Don't fret - there's a cure for that!

Join Dr. Lorne Farovitch, a Deaf biomedical scientist and native ASL user, as he explores various ways Deaf patients and Deaf scientists and medical professionals communicate using scientific terminology in ASL. By examining the development of new scientific signs, discussing several case studies, and demystifying scientific communication, interpreters will learn thoughtful techniques for successfully approaching unknown or daunting terminology and/or complex medical situations. Lorne will also share his recent research findings regarding (in)accessibility of deaf patients in healthcare systems; systems in which ASL interpreters can play an integral part.

About the Presenter

Dr. Lorne Farovitch is a deaf scientist who has been a health spokesperson during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and now Monkeypox outbreak for the deaf community. He is an HIV epidemiologist, Translational Biomedical Scientist, and a native ASL signer. He was born to deaf parents and grew up communicating in ASL at home and at his deaf school with deaf children like him. He earned his undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Biology at Gallaudet University. As a graduate student at RIT, his formal education was no longer in ASL. Spoken English had to be translated by ASL interpreters, but the ASL interpreters did not know the biomedical science subject matter. Lorne did not know how to work with interpreters to get his discipline-specific ASL presentations translated to spoken English in a way that sounded like his peers. He learned how to work with ASL interpreters in formal and informal (e.g., conference networking, and poster session participation) academic research settings, the culture of “hearing academia”, and how to navigate biomedical science as a deaf scientist. Today, he works in the New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene studying HIV.

Date and Time:

November 4th 2022: 6pm - 8pm

November 5th 2022: 9am - 1pm


Deaf Community Services of San Diego

1545 Hotel Circle South, Suite 300

San Diego, CA 92108

Early Bird (through October 28th, 2022)
Deaf Community member - Free
Members - $60

Non - Members - $90
Member Students - $35

Regular (October 28th - November 3rd, 2022)
Deaf Community member - Free
Members - $85

Non - members - $115
Member Students - $35

(Sliding Scale is available upon request - please contact

Educational Objectives:

1) To identify the potential barriers (professional/educational opportunities and social status) that may be created while working with deaf science professionals during various events such as: social events, meetings with administrators, or even during down time.

2) To recognize the impact of their role as ASL interpreters regarding institutional ableism and paternalism via recent research findings and case studies regarding deaf science professionals’ and ASL interpreters. 

3) To identify intercultural dynamics (interpersonal communication) between ASL interpreters and deaf science professionals by discussing various scenarios and ethics in different settings such as laboratory, field research, healthcare system, etc.

4) To understand and implement the basics of science communication in the process of interpretation by identifying and strengthening the communication methods with science jargon.

-Target Audience: Working interpreters, student interpreters, and Deaf community members.

-Presentation will be conducted in ASL. For all accommodation needs please email by October 21, 2022.

-Refund/Cancellation request may be made by contacting

CEUs: This Professional Studies Program is offered for 0.6 CEUs* at the Little/No Content Knowledge Level.

SDCRID promotes an environment of mutual respect free of discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, or any other protected class.

*Note on CEUs: In accordance with CMP Sponsors and RID, one may not receive CEUs if more than 10 minutes late or leave more than 5 minutes early. Partial CEUs are not awarded. 


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