March, 2012

International Collaboration: Should Sign Language Interpreters Do More?

International Collaboration: Should Sign Language Interpreters Do More?

What is the role of sign language interpreters in supporting other interpreters in other countries, and what strategies can reinforce Deaf community and interpreter collaborative work? As President of the World Association of Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI), I am often … More

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Outwitting the Devil: NAD Calls on Sign Language Interpreters to Partner

Outwitting the Devil: NAD Calls on Sign Language Interpreters to Partner

Sign language interpreters and deaf people have a long standing symbiotic relationship notwithstanding any actual or perceived “Devil’s Bargain” as described by Dennis Cokely in his December 8, 2011 article.  In that article, Mr. Cokely points out that the relationship … More

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Sign Language Interpreters: Breaking Down Silos Through Reflective Practice

Sign Language Interpreters: Breaking Down Silos Through Reflective Practice

Most of us went to work as sign language interpreters before we were ready.  Whether it was insufficient skill sets, a lack of maturity and self-awareness, or some other gap, we started working without being fully equipped to handle all … More

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Sign Language Interpreting: The Danger of the Idea That Transformed the Profession

Sign Language Interpreting: The Danger of the Idea That Transformed the Profession

Decades have seen the sign language interpreting profession quietly transformed by a single, powerful idea—sign language interpreters are professionals.  This single idea has created the momentum necessary to move the field from a hand written list of volunteers to a … More

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