Welcome to the National Alliance of Black Interpreters, Inc. !
NAOBI is the only national organization that supports sign language interpreters from the African diaspora. As such, we recognize that we stand at an important crossroads. We do not stand alone. The fact that many cultures meet and converge here is what makes our existence so important.
We are sign language interpreters. We constantly seek to recognize changes in American hearing culture and in American Deaf culture to improve our ability to contextualize communications between them. We work ably with all interpreters and are integral to interpreting organizations all over the U.S. We endeavor to be fit and ready to interpret in any mainstream setting.
We are interpreters of color. In the Deaf world and in the hearing world, we enjoy membership in both the mainstream culture and in a sub-culture that is unique and special to us. We celebrate that sub-culture and explore its nuances so that we can communicate it properly. We strive to be the best cultural fit for interpreting within the Black community and for providing an American Sign Language to Spoken English interpretation for Black Deaf consumers.
We are not the only interpreters of color. We have sibling groups in the Native American, Hispanic/Latino, and Asian sub-cultures. We plan to partner with our peers, to help each other, and to provide references across the sub-cultures.
We exist along a continuum. Some of us are certified; some are qualified for certification; some are 'working'; some are volunteers; some are just beginning; some are in ITPs; some are just thinking about becoming an interpreter. We want to move each of us along that continuum to become "certified". We will provide support and encouragement to each other at each rest stop along the way.
This is NAOBI, Inc.. Standing at the crossroads. Relishing our interaction with the many, varied groups of people that pass our way. This site is intended to showcase our joy, our work, and our partners. Happy traveling!