The volunteer ASL Interpreter will be responsible for contributing to the accessibility of Dance for All Bodies’s classes by making sure that all individuals are able to participate in our classes where instructors use spoken English or ASL. Your main responsibility will be to join our virtual Zoom classes and translate between spoken English and ASL.
Most of our instructors give instructions using spoken English but we also work with instructors who provide instructions in ASL. We want to make sure that Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals feel welcome and comfortable in our classes.
Location: We accept applications from all around the U.S. as this position is remote!
Job Description: This is a remote position where you will attend some or most of our virtual dance classes through Zoom to interpret between spoken English and ASL in our dance classes.
Fluent in ASL.
Personal or professional experience working with people with disabilities is preferred.
Disciplined in working independently; not afraid to ask questions or admit when you don’t know something.
Commitment to Dance for All Bodies’s mission of providing inclusive dance classes for people with disabilities.
Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills.
Collaborative mindset ; eager to be part of a team and contribute.
Self motivated and shows stamina in the face of obstacles.
Previous experience working with non-profit organizations is preferred.
Send your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with "ASL Interpreter" in the subject heading. Make sure to mention your weekly availability and how many hours you hope to commit.
In the cover letter please answer the following question; Why does making dance accessible to people with disabilities matter to you?
Expected Hours of Work
While there is room for flexibility in regards to hours, you will be expected to commit about 2-3 hours to DfAB every week depending on how many classes you choose to attend. Most of our classes take place between Friday-Sunday. We occasionally have classes on Tuesdays or Wednesdays around 2 or 3pm PDT/5 or 6pm EDT.
The mission of Dance for All Bodies (DfAB) is to dismantle the notion that dance is only for a certain kind of body and to spread the joy of dance to all bodies. To achieve this mission, DfAB organizes low cost dance classes, where dance moves are instructed to be modified by the dancer to fit their body. Our dance classes are designed for people with disabilities.
The inspiration behind DfAB came from a one time adaptive dance class Yagmur, one of the co-founders, organized for an amputee support group as a volunteer at San Francisco General Hospital. Yagmur left this class in August 2018 feeling a beautiful spark in her heart. Participants left the event asking when the next dance class would be and thus, Yagmur hatched a plan to satisfy this demand. She quickly realized that she needed an accomplice who shared her desire to make dance a more inclusive art form. This brought Tess, a close friend who is also a dancer, into the project.
After some research, they learned that there were no organizations that focus on organizing adaptive dance classes in the Bay Area. As two able-bodied dancers who have the privilege of extensive dance training, they decided to make what was available to them available to people with differently abled bodies too. Thus, to make high quality, adaptive dance classes a reality they started working with experienced dance teachers with physical disabilities or who have worked in such spaces, making the dance class a positive and encouraging environment. Since August 2018, they have organized more than 15 dance classes and impacted more than 50 individuals thanks to funding from ZSFGH and Big Ideas. Currently they organize most of their dance classes in Berkeley and San Francisco. You can help DfAB expand its services to new locations and impact more lives by donating today!
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We'll work with your schedule.
This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.
September 3, 2020
Dance / Aerobics
While there is room for flexibility in regards to hours, you will be expected to commit about 2-3 hours to DfAB every week depending on how many classes you choose to attend. Most of our classes take place between Friday-Sunday.