Novels & Text Projects

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Each project earns 0.7 RID Professional Studies CEUs upon completion.
(or equiv 7 clock hours certificate)

Choose from our list of approved titles to explore cultures and topics relevant to the populations we work with as interpreters. (The book purchase is not included in the program)  Participants register for the program, are sent the RID pre-approved curriculum by RID Sponsor: Ginevra Deianni, and then purchase the book on their own from any bookseller (or public library rental).  The curriculum gives the list of reflection questions that participants chose from to answer after reading the book, as well as research activities to deeper explore the themes and make parallels to our work in the Deaf community.   All RID CEUs are overseen & administered by RID Sponsor: Ginevra Deianni.

Please feel free to email us anytime to ask for curriculum specifics on any project, or sample questions/materials. We want you to feel comfortable with what you are registering for.

Current Novels/Texts Descriptions:

  • Infidel:  This best-selling novel outlines the history of Muslim views that have lead to extreme beliefs, and one woman's journey to escape this life.
  • The Spirit Catches You & You Fall Down: This book recounts the tragic cultural story of a Hmong family stuck in the American medical system without cultural mediators and very few interpreters.  (A must-read for medical interpreters!)
  • Found in Translations: Stories from 'the field' of how interpretations, and life as an interpreter, affects our lives.
  • My Stroke of Insight: A neuroscientist's medically detailed description of her brain hemorrhage/stroke and subsequent recovery.
  • Voices from the Edge: This book gives a historic account and explanation of the American with Disabilities Act. *This book is a Legal Specialization Study credit for those who need it in addition to being RID Professional Studies CEUs.
  • In the Land of Invisible Women: An American trained, British female doctor moves to Saudi Arabia to live and work amongst Saudi culture.
  • Deaf in Dehli:  One mans life experiences as a Deaf person growing up and living in Dehli, India.
  • Being Mortal:  This novel explore the human issue of mortality, morbidity, and aging in American culture and our current medical system.  
  • Mother-Father Deaf:  This novel is a loving collection of family stories and histories from an American CODA that highlight Deaf culture.
  • Nine Hills to Nambonkaha: This book is the story of a Peace Corps volunteer's immersion into the culture of the Ivory Coast of Africa.
  • On Golden Mountain: The book in the story of one Chinese-American's family history and their integration into American life through work and community over two generations.
  • Alone in the Mainstream: This is the biography of a Deaf woman's experiences in the mainstream education system.
  • Monique & the Mango Rains: This book is the memoire of a Peace Corps volunteer living in Mali, Africa as a maternal-infant health care worker and her life-long friendship with a village woman.
  • Healthcare Interpreting in Small Bites:  This is a collection of short articles about important topics in the medical interpreting profession, such as: professional ethics, words that have no translation, how & when to advocate for a patient, dealing with bi-lingual family members during appointments, general medical vocabulary words, and much more... (A must-read for medical interpreters!) *This is an ethics study specialization for those who need it, in addition to RID Professional Studies CEU credit.
  • Ethics for the Real World:  This book examines the core of our value system, challenges us to analyze why we believe what we do, write out a personal moral code, and apply it to our behavior as professionals.  *This is an ethics study specialization for those who need it, in addition to RID Professional Studies CEU credit.
  • Winning Sounds Like This: A Season with the Women's Basketball Team at Gallaudet": This book is an inside view of the record-breaking 1998-1999 Deaf women's basketball team and Gallaudet staff who supported them.  Their stories examine Deaf culture, education, personal histories of family, language, oppression and the tenacity required to keep pushing through a world of hearing people triumphing over their assumptions about what it means to be Deaf.