ABOUT

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 Total Professionalism. Stellar was Created to be an Agency Directed and Managed by the Interpreting and Deaf Community Together.

About the Founder:

Carla Baker, Washougal WA 2020

Founder of Stellar Communication:

As a young child I lost my hearing gradually from age one Profound in my left ear and a moderate to profound loss by the age ten. I struggled academically so significantly that I was transferred to a program called HI Program (Hearing Impaired Program) due to deprivation of language and had to catch up in sign language everyday with hours of sign language tutoring to learn Sign Language in 6th grade. This was incredibly impacting on my wellbeing, grades and making friends like me for the first time! Unfortunately, I was pulled out after a few years of being in the program because I was doing so well and stumbled through HS unable to understand or connect again. This part of my life is really key to my understanding of what happens when accessibility is taken away. Its a dark time for me but it doesn’t end here.

As a college student I choose to attend Gallaudet University the only Deaf University in the World! Here at Gallaudet once again the world opened up to me and here I learned Deaf Culture. At Gallaudet I learned American Sign Language in a proficient way. I had the opportunity serve as Resident Advisor, got involved in photography, joined track and experienced socialization on a new level that raised my awareness of the world around me. I then went on to University of New Mexico with a good foundation in Sign Language, accessibility options. Because of my level of confidence gained at Gallaudet I continued studying Psychology and Evolutionary Anthropology with Interpreters and Captioning Services. Because of these services I was able achieve an education I never thought I was capable of and excel towards Graduate and Doctorate level concepts, classes and understanding and advanced classes that seemed out of reach to me as a deaf child struggling just to hear the teacher.

In 2013, I started working with a number of different ASL Interpreting Agencies and Captioning Agencies and at this time something clicked! This is me! I flourished in accessibility services and as a scheduling coordinator I seem to have found something that gave me the best of both worlds. Not only do I get a sense of belonging but I’m good at what I do from scheduling to selecting talented, skilled providers and I also apply my understanding of Anthropology and Psychology to my business to create well balanced groundbreaking teams and accessibility everyday.

After opening Stellar I then found CymaSpace Non-Profit in Portland, Oregon. Cyma is a Deaf lead Art and Technology Organization where I helped build the Access Program for arts and cultural services within CymaSpace. A lot of this work was my desire to remain deeply connected to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community that also enjoy a relationship with the foundation and community as a person.

Today with 10 years of experience in Interpreting and Captioning Scheduling and experience as a business owner and administrator. I am proud of my work and serve as a professional Coordinator for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Access Services.

I love to talk with clients through email and text! I love to connect with them in their own pursuit to creating access while reaching out to the professionals in each individual spectrum from ASL- ENGLISH & ENGLISH-ASL Interpreting, DeafBlind ProTactile PTASL Interpreting, Deaf Interpreting, CART Captioning and TypeWell transcription and passing what I learn along to create STELLAR outcomes for everyone!

Over the years added with COVID-19 Safety requirements I’ve studied and have gained talents in Remote Services. I also manage Streaming and Auto-Captioning as requested.

 


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