The past 30 years have seen legal requirements established for access in a wide variety of everyday settings for Deaf people in the United States. This has enabled more access to advanced education and professional opportunities. Institutions and companies have in turn experienced an influx of Deaf professionals in various academic, corporate, and clinical roles. These high-stakes and challenging environments are often left without decision-making guidelines and practices tailored to Deaf professional work that will enable high-quality, holistic support of access including American Sign Language interpreters. We present here a preliminary list of 10 foundational guiding principles situated within a Deaf-centered language equity decision-making framework to support these Deaf professionals and the institutions they work in. Instead of practice driving principles, principles must drive practice in anti-audist structures and efforts that aim to uplift Deaf professionals as fully-included intellectual equals in the workplace.



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