Archive | May, 2012

Sign Language Interpreters: 5 Helpful Tips in Selecting an Attorney

One thing sign language interpreters should know when selecting an attorney is that one size generally does not fit all. There are many misconceptions about attorneys. The generic attitude that a good attorney is something akin to a pit bull is problematic for a number of reasons that I will discuss in this post. In


Failure to Innovate: A Deathblow for Sign Language Interpreting Agencies

Is it still an advantage for sign language interpreters to trade a higher hourly rate in exchange for the “benefits” of being represented by an agency? Particularly, given the world is chock-full of affordable DIY (do it yourself) business and connection tools. While the answer to this question will differ from interpreter to interpreter, the


Sign Language Interpreters - Defenders of Certification

Defenders of Certification: Sign Language Interpreters Question “Enhanced” RID NIC Test

At this point in our history, the NIC assessment is the foundation for determining who is “one of us” and, as such, certified members of RID should be the defenders of the certification process. However, the fact that certified RID members are unsure of the validity of the current NIC assessment is unacceptable. I believe


Interprenomics: A Decoder Ring for Sign Language Interpreters

At some point every sign language interpreter is faced with the task of valuing and selling their art. As a craftsperson, the value of a sign language interpreter’s work is not found in the dollars and cents of a transaction, but in the impact their work has on the person receiving it. Faced with the


Shelly Hansen

Educational Interpreters: Buck the Low Wage, No Credential Status Quo

Most sign language interpreters at some juncture in their career will provide interpreting services in an educational setting.  As mainstreaming with an interpreter has become a commonplace approach to educating deaf and hard of hearing kids, there is a consistent demand for educational interpreters. While more common, twenty-two years after the ADA and the Individuals