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StreetLeverage: A Story of Thanksgiving

The StreetLeverage story is YOUR story. There is no way to tell the StreetLeverage story without attempting to identify a large number of people and to rehearse every small, seemingly insignificant act of generosity which, when woven together, creates a multiplier which has compounded these acts into something beautiful. This generosity open doors for us to learn, enjoy and


Community Forum 2015

Performance Testing Suspended: What Else Happened at the 2015 RID Conference?

A look back at the 2015 RID National Conference reveals that recent moves by leadership and by membership have made the workings of the organization more inclusive – and more controversial. As the noise of Bourbon Street fades to allow a framing of the developments at the 2015 RID conference held August 8-12th in New


Patrick Graybill - StreetLeverage National Treasure 2015

Success Starts by Acknowledging Humanity: The StreetLeverage – Live Recap

StreetLeverage – Live 2015 brought Deaf Community members, interpreters and stakeholders from within the field of sign language interpreting together under the premise of generosity, collaboration and the spirit of inquiry. It was here, at the intersection of idea-sharing, perspective gathering and genuine introspection, that a fundamental truth about the field of sign language interpreting


Travel Advisory

Patriot’s Day Celebration in Boston

Boston Metro Will be Busy During StreetLeverage – Live! On the third Monday in April, Bostonians celebrate Patriots’ Day, which remembers the Battles of Lexington and Concord, struggles that marked the beginning of the American Revolutionary War. Boston locals have ample opportunity to celebrate on Patriots’ Day in Boston, including a game a Fenway, reenactments,


October is Sign Language Interpreter Education Month

October is Sign Language Interpreter Education Month

StreetLeverage is pleased to present October as Interpreter Education Month (IEM) on The aim of Interpreter Education Month is to showcase insights, perspectives, considerations and dynamics impacting the education and training of sign language interpreters. We are delighted to share that StreetLeverage is partnering with the Conference of Interpreter Trainers (CIT) to focus this


Anna Witter-Merithew Bids Farewell to ILI Attendees

Institute on Legal Interpreting: Backstage Access for Sign Language Interpreters

Is it possible to create a learning environment that effectively supports taking 220+ sign language interpreters on a guided exploration of their work, while offering real-world advice on how to enhance this work, and do it all in three days? Prior to attending the 2014 Institute on Legal Interpreting (ILI) in Denver, Colorado August 21st-23rd,


Jean A. Miller

StreetLeverage Proudly Presents Jean A. Miller

StreetLeverage is delighted to announce that Jean A. Miller has joined the team as a Lead Content Editor. Jean will be responsible for overseeing the editing and publishing of weekly posts on [Click to view post in ASL] StreetLeverage is widely known for its commitment to curating and publishing insightful articles and relevant content


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


Brandon Arthur, Ben Hall, Jan Humphrey, Carl Kirchner, and Angela Jones - 2013 RID Conference

Will Sign Language Interpreters Recognize Their Own Reflection?

As I rub the blur of the 2013 RID conference from my eyes, I am left feeling a sense of appreciation for the conference program that took attendees through a highlight reel of contributions that have shaped both RID and the field as we know it. This stroll through history reminded me, perhaps other conference