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News: September 2003

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Coming Soon! College Degree Required for Interpreters

The Registry for Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) has passed a motion requiring all certification candidates to possess a college degree. By 2008, candidates will need to possess at least an Associates Degree. By 2012, a bachelor's degree will be required. In the past, interpreters were required to demonstrate interpreting skills and pass a written test related to ethics and deaf culture. College experience was not strictly required. The new standards still require the written test and demonstrated interpreting skills, as well as a college degree. See the RID web site for more information at

Deaf Leader, Ardyce Germain, is missed

Photo of of Ardyce Germain

   Ardyce Germain

Ardyce Germain’s passing, on August 17, 2003, is a loss to many in Michigan’s Deaf Community. Her husband of 61 years, Joseph Germain died only a week before. Ardyce Germain served as the first woman president of the Michigan Association of the Deaf for 4 years. She was appointed to a four–year term on the Governor’s Commission on Employment of the Handicapped. In 1977, she was a delegate to the National White House Conference on Handicapped Individuals.

Among her many accomplishments on behalf of Michigan’s deaf and hard of hearing citizens, Ardyce Germain successfully lobbied for the installation of TTY’s in local hospitals. She was instrumental in establishing Closed Captioning on television at both the state and national levels. In 1979, she was selected as the Quota Club “Woman of the Year.” Her volunteer efforts on the behalf of Michigan’s Deaf Citizens include work with the National Association of the Deaf, Michigan Association of Better Hearing and Speech and the State Board of Education Task Force Committee. Ardyce was a mother to two children and worked for 30 years as a secretary at Western Michigan University.

Photo of Ardyce Germain, MDA President, near Governor William Milliken

Ardyce Germain stood as President of Michigan Association of the Deaf near Governor William Milliken who signed SB 87, TTY lease bill in January, 1981 (click on the image to see larger one)

Photo of Ardyce Germain served on the Michigan Commission on Handicapper Concerns in early 1980’s

Ardyce Germain served on the Michigan Commission on Handicapper Concerns in early 1980's. Notice Joe, her husband, sitting upper right. (click on the image to see larger one)

New Fall TV Series with Deaf Actress– Shoshannah Stern

The ABC network is premiering a new drama series, Threat Matrix, with Shoshannah Stern in the cast line–up. Ms. Stern is a graduate of California School for the Deaf in Fremont and a student at Gallaudet University. She has also been a guest star on the television shows “Off Centre” and “ER.” Ms. Stern plays Holly Brodeen on the new series, and is listed by ABC as one of the show’s stars along with Jamie Denton, Kelly Rutherford, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, Kurt Caceres, Melora Walters, Anthony Azizi, and Will Lyman.

Threat Matrix airs Thursdays at 8:00 PM. According to the ABC show summary:

“Al–Qaeda and other deadly enemies are determined to destroy our way of life. An attack could come at any time, from anywhere around the globe. Against this rising threat, the Homeland Security Agency has created a highly specialized, elite task force trained and equipped to counter anyone or anything that threatens our nation. The head of this super–secret team is Special Agent John Kilmer. He reports only to the President and has authority to call upon the technical skills, firepower, and specialist agents of the FBI, CIA and NSA. With stories ripped from headlines, Threat Matrix is a drama with a ticking clock in an arena as deep and complex as today’s world.”

For more about the series visit the ABC web site.

For more information on Shoshanna Stern click here.

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