ASL Interpreting Program at WWU Receives Angel Award

Angel Award presentationA summer workshop for American Sign Language educational interpreters at William Woods University has garnered an award for WWU from the Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH).


The Angel Award, which WWU received, is awarded to an individual, organization or company that has contributed significantly to the mission of the MCDHH during the past year.


Melanie McKay-Cody, instructor of ASL interpreting, and Carrie McCray, assistant professor of ASL interpreting, received the award for teaching a workshop for 25 American Sign Language educational interpreters working in rural K-12 school systems.


Informative sessions were held on the language development in deaf and hard of hearing children, the roles and responsibilities of educational interpreters and self-assessments in interpreting, with an academic concentration in the core subjects such as, math, science, history and reading.


MCDHH functions as an agency of the state to advocate for public policies, regulations and programs to improve the quality and coordination of existing services for individuals with hearing loss, and to promote new services whenever necessary.  


The agency works with individuals, service providers, businesses, organizations and state agencies to improve the lives and opportunities of all Missourians with hearing loss.


McKay-Cody has been teaching interpreting for 27 years and has served on the board of the Kansas Commission of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. She has been at WWU since 2008. McCray has been teaching at William Woods since 2005 and is the chair of the State Committee of Interpreters and a member of the Conference of Interpreter Trainers.


Dr. A. Barry Critchfield, executive director of the Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, presents the Angel Award to Carrie McCray and Melanie McKay-Cody of William Woods University’s American Sign Language Interpreting program.