December, 2011

FCC VRS Reform Part II – Sign Language Interpreters File Public Comment

FCC VRS Reform Part II – Sign Language Interpreters File Public Comment

The charge of emotion sign language interpreters received at the hand of VRS Reform, while important in prompting us to action, can be detrimental if not checked when filing comment with the FCC. Though appreciative of the sign language interpreter … More

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Will Sign Language Interpreters Remain Silent on FCC VRS Reform?

Will Sign Language Interpreters Remain Silent on FCC VRS Reform?

In some circles, VRS providers are viewed as the newest of the Coyotes on the scene of the sign language interpreting industry.  Whether you subscribe to that view or not, what the FCC is ‘seeking public comment’ on (i.e. prepared … More

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Sign Language Interpreting, Leadership, and Messy Relationships; What They Have in Common

Sign Language Interpreting, Leadership, and Messy Relationships; What They Have in Common

Sign language interpreting and Leading are alike – the success of each is largely dependent on one’s quality of character and ability to navigate complex interpersonal dynamics. Yet when we talk about either we generally focus our attention on the … More

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Sign Language Interpreters – Complicit in a Devil’s Bargain?

Sign Language Interpreters – Complicit in a Devil’s Bargain?

Five decades ago those of us who functioned as sign language interpreters were allies of Deaf people, united with them in fighting for communicative access to the various services and opportunities offered to society at large. Working to overcome the … More

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How Sign Language Interpreters Survive a Professional Shakedown

How Sign Language Interpreters Survive a Professional Shakedown

You’re traveling along, like you do on any given day when suddenly you feel the muzzle of a gun pressed against the back of your head and hear, “give me your high rate of pay, all your premium workplace perks, … More

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