Sharon Neumann Solow
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Sharon Neumann Solow works with great joy as an interpreter, educator, consultant, author, and performer. Her career, spanning 50 years, has taken her around the United States and to Canada, South America, Mexico, Europe, Scandinavia, New Zealand and Australia.
Interpreter. A working interpreter, mostly in legal, community and conference settings, Sharon also has a long history of classroom interpreting and educational interpreter training and administration. In court work she specializes in work with Deaf people with Limited English and ASL Proficiency (LE/AP). Her travels and some of her conference work have involved the use of international gesture (a gestural, pantomimic form of communication across language barriers). Sharon holds the RID Specialist Certificate: Legal. and is an active member of the RID (Registry of Interpreters of the Deaf – U.S.).
Educator. Along with teaching sign language interpreters at all levels, she has been involved in the education of spoken language interpreters and interpreter educators through the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Sharon is honored to be a long standing member of EFSLI. She is an active member of the CIT (Conference of Interpreter Trainers – U.S.), holding the NAD (National Association of the Deaf – U.S.) SIGN (Sign Language instructor) Comprehensive Permanent Certificate.
Consultant. Sharon consults on a variety of topics, including language competency, interpreter qualifications, appropriate involvement of interpreters, pedagogy for interpreter and ASL educators, and accommodations for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing individuals in a variety of settings. Her clients include corporate, community and governmental organizations; agencies; legal bodies; and individuals.
Author. Sharon Neumann Solow is the author of two books—Sign Language Interpreting: A Basic Resource Book and Say It with Sign—along with a number of professional articles and handbooks. Her new book, Five Things You Can Do Right Now to Improve your Interpreting, is slated for publication in 2015.
Performer. Sharon performs as an emcee and storyteller, and does theatrical translation and production work. As the female lead in "The Electric Sign Company," she and Gary Sanderson delighted audiences for over three decades. Her television appearances include talk shows, variety shows and documentaries, and she co-stars with her husband, Larry Solow, on the Emmy award-nominated NBC Knowledge series, "Say It With Sign," which still airs on PBS throughout the United States.
Excerpt from program for First SCRID Conference (Southern California Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf), October 1993:
Sharon Neumann Solow. What more need be said?
In our field, few names evoke such a positive response as that of Sharon Neumann Solow. Her expertise runs across a myriad of specialties in sign language interpretation: She is the author of the first sign language interpreter textbook, a lecturer across America and Europe, a TV personality (“Say It With Sign”), a performer, a consultant, a translator—and the list goes on and on. But to her credit, and to the benefit of the Deaf and Hearing communities, Sharon continues to work as an interpreter. Her skills, knowledge, and sensitivity to both hearing and Deaf cultures have made her one of the most sought-after, respected interpreters in the nation …