Stellar is a small team of talented professional Sign Language Interpreters, Captioning Providers & Coordinators with a wide range of skills and experience. Each person that works with Stellar is Stellar! We support each other, we grow together, we love what we do, and we do it with passion. Stellar was created to be an Agency directed and managed by the Interpreting and Deaf Community together.
About the Founder: Carla Baker
Founder of Stellar Communication: My Deaf Story
As a young child I was placed in Special Education with no real access services. At the age of 11 a teacher recognized my deafness and need for accessibility and fought the public education IEP programs to place me in a Deaf Program across town where I would meet other deaf children for the first time and learn Sign Language. For one hour a day I had Sign Language tutors until I was proficient enough to have Interpreters and talk with other children. In less than one year I went from being a Special Education to being on the Honor Roll. I was placed back into public mainstream without access services and again fell off the curve of normal to being labeled a low achiever because I could not follow what my teachers or other students were saying. It wasn’t until College that I recognized my own need to pursue American Sign Language, attend Gallaudet University the only Deaf University in the World.
Today with 50,000 plus hours of Interpreting/Captioning coordinating experience I currently serve as the Access Coordinator for CymaSpace Deaf run Non-Profit Access Program in Portland, Oregon. My experience at Gallaudet University in D.C, the only Deaf University in the World) and University of New Mexico studying Psychology and Evolutionary Anthropology has led me to understand how life impacting Access is for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals. I now also enjoying a CAREER (Not a job) running my own business Stellar Communication, supporting Stellar Teammates in their goals and CymaSpace Access Program coordinating Sign Language Interpreting, CART Captioning services and Auto-Captioning, while expanding on technical capabilities.
I love to talk with clients, connect with them in their own pursuit to creating access while reaching out to the professionals in each individual spectrum from ASL Interpreting, Deaf Interpreting, CART Captioning and TypeWell transcription and passing what I learn along to create STELLAR outcomes for everyone!