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Interview with Sign Language Interpreter and Trainer Maya de Wit, by Ester de Boe for the International Journal of Interpreter Education (Dec. 2017)

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Maya de Wit, MSc


2018 - current: PhD Candidate, Radboud University, the Netherlands
2009 - 2011:    European Masters in Sign Language Interpreting (MSc), Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland
2000 - 2003:    Dutch Sign Language interpreter (BA), Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands
1991 - 1992:    Health Care Interpreting Program, College of St. Catherine, Minneapolis, USA


Certification & registration

2015: WFD-WASLI accredited International Sign interpreter
2014: AIIC member
2011: Registered CRKBO teacher/trainer
2009: Registered Legal interpreter
2003: Registered Dutch Sign Language Interpreter
1993: Registry of Interpreters of the Deaf Certified Interpreter (CI).


Presenter & Trainer

Since 2001: delivered over 50 presentations and workshops in Europe and beyond.



2018 - current: Member of AIIC Advisory Board & AIIC Taskforce Distant Interpreting
2017 - current: Member of the Professional Advisory Committee (BVC) for Institute for Sign, Language & Deaf Studies (IGTD), Utrecht, the Netherlands
2017 - current:  Member WFD Expert Group Accessibility (Technology & Sign Language Interpretation)
2016 - current:  AIIC Sign Language Network Coordinator
2013 - 2015:     WFD-WASLI Committeee member task group on International Sign and Process for Hiring
2015 February: Member of efsli scientific committee 2016 conference, Warsaw, Poland
2015 April:        EUMASLI assessor, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2014 March:     Member of the EUMASLI accreditation peer group, Agency Acquin, Magdeburg, Germany
2014 January:  Advisor curriculum development Sign Language Interpreting program, Linz, Austria
2012 March:     Audit committee member Dutch Sign Language Interpreting program, Utrecht, the Netherlands
2009 - 2011:     Project partner in Training Sign Language Interpreters in International Setting (IISE), European project


NBTG Policy Maker

From 1998 till 2008 Maya de Wit worked as a policy maker for the Dutch Association of Sign Language Interpreters (NBTG). She has, among others, contributed to projects such as the Registry of Sign Language Interpreters, membership drive, conference EFSLI 2001 & 2008, funding of the interpreting services, NBTG publications, and the PR policy.


Efsli President

From 2006 till September 2012 (re-elected in 2009) Maya de Wit was president of the European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters (efsli). efsli is the umbrella organization of Sign Language interpreters in Europe. Once a year efsli holds an Annual General Meeting (AGM) and conference.


EULITA Board Member

Served as a board member of the European Legal Interpreters and Translators Association from November 2009 till February 2012.