Archive | December, 2015

Civility Within the Interpreting Profession

Civility Within the Interpreting Profession: A Novice’s Perspective

Recommitting to the principles of civility aligns sign language interpreters with the Code of Professional Conduct while fostering positive interactions both online and in person. I have always believed strongly in the school of hard knocks. As a sign language interpreter, I have held the opinion that sensitivity is not a luxury we can afford

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Where Do We Go From Here? 5 Stages of Change for Sign Language Interpreters

Where Do We Go From Here? 5 Stages of Change for Sign Language Interpreters

As sign language interpreters, we stand at a crossroads. Do we maintain the status quo or act as change agents by investing & engaging, collectively, in the transformation of our profession? People in our field are talking a lot about change. Our attitudes toward the Deaf community and fellow sign language interpreters have to change.

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Sign Language Interpreting's Long Adolescence

Sign Language Interpreting’s Long Adolescence

The field of sign language interpreting has the opportunity to leave organizational adolescence behind. By connecting their emotions to the challenging tasks ahead, interpreters can foster growth and move the field to the next level. Historical Context Last summer I was unable to attend RID’s Convention in New Orleans, or even watch the livestreaming. Instead

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Sign Language Interpreters and the 'F' Word

Sign Language Interpreters and the “F” Word

Receiving feedback is as much an art as giving it. By crafting opportunities to receive feedback, sign language interpreters can begin to erase the negative connotations that often accompany the “F” word. Several hours after a recent interpreting assignment, I received an email from my team interpreter that simply said, “Can we chat about today?”

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Polite Indifference

Recognizing Polite Indifference: Sign Language Interpreters & Power

When sign language interpreters avoid addressing issues to minimize conflict, we are exercising hearing privilege by adhering to majority cultural norms. Acting in true allyship requires courage, professional discipline, and transparency. As sign language interpreters, we constantly make judgment calls on appropriate language choices and cultural behaviors in addition to determining how/where to act in

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