MaryFaith Autumn has more than 30 years experience working with deaf people in six countries on three continents, using two different formal signed languages and several regional or national varieties of them. She started her career in 1980 as an American Sign Language-English interpreter-tutor with deaf students attending local mainstream primary and secondary schools in the United States and since September 2001 has been providing services as a freelance British Sign Language-English interpreter in the United Kingdom.
In the 90s and early 2000s, MaryFaith enhanced her experiential-base by undertaking work with deaf individuals in a variety of roles other than as an interpreter: assistant chaplain at a psychiatric hospital with particular responsibilities on the deaf in-patient unit; spiritual growth and personal development ‘coach’; teacher trainer at a school in northwest Nigeria with 300 deaf children between the ages of 5-20; and, social work assistant in a statutory deaf services team.
MaryFaith secured her British Sign Language qualifications initially by exam and then through the NVQ route taking coursework at the City Lit (http://www.citylit.ac.uk/) and finally by completing her Master of Arts degree, awarded with Distinction, at the University of Leeds. She further enriched her experience by studying with seminal scholars in the field of interpreting at Gallaudet University (http://www.gallaudet.edu/) during the 2011-12 academic year.