Laura Wickless, NIC, has been interpreting professionally in Maryland since 1998, specializing in higher education settings. She is currently pursuing innovative interpreting strategies for improving access to instruction, a passion ignited through extensive work with Deaf and Hard of Hearing international consumers in interpreted classrooms. Laura, an ITP mentor, has led interpreter professional development sessions on innovation and technology, visual aid inclusion, ethics, cognitive processing, and NIC enhancements. She completed an interpreter preparation program over a decade ago and has a B.A. in political science from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). Laura is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at UMBC with intent to study Deaf and Hard of Hearing English second language literacy.