Archive | December, 2013

Marlene Elliott - Sign Language Interpreter

Sign Language Interpreters and the Quest for Cultural Competence

I’ve been interpreting professionally for 25 years. I like to think I’m reasonably good at what I do but from time to time something will dawn on me about ASL or Deaf culture that I’ve never known or realized before. How embarrassing! After all this time there are fundamental things I don’t know about the

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Thamsanqa Jantjie, the sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's funeral

Nelson Mandela: Have Sign Language Interpreters Disappointed the World?

The terrible cocktail of “schizophrenia,” unethical business leadership and uninformed government decisions makers that lead to the sign language interpreting debacle at Mandela’s memorial service is a tragedy. As a sign language interpreter, I cringe at the thought that as a field, we are responsible for the world’s distraction from the celebration of one of

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Sign Language Interpreter Immobilized Due to Conflict

Has An Identity Crisis Immobilized The Field of Sign Language Interpreting?

During my attendance at the 2012 Region IV RID Conference in Denver and the 2013 National RID Conference in Indianapolis I found myself in tears more than once. While it is not uncommon for me to become emotional when I am with colleagues discussing the very serious, real and important issues that impact our work

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