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Historical Reflections

Interpreter Education: History is a Relentless Master

We are realizing that this huge shift from one cohesive community into two separate communities has had a direct impact on interpreter education. Dennis Cokely and Anna Witter-Merithew presented, Interpreter Education: History is a Relentless Master as part of StreetLeverage’s Interpreter Education Month celebration. This presentation  focused on the critical lessons that the field of

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Dennis Cokely

Sign Language Interpreters: The Importance of the Day Before

Dennis presented, Sign Language Interpreters: The Importance of the Day Before, at StreetLeverage – Live 2013 in Atlanta, GA. His talk encouraged sign language interpreters to consider that the secret to successful interpretations often rests on “One thing. Just one thing.” – remembering “the day before”. He suggests that a sign language interpreter’s failure to remember

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Dennis Cokely

DENNIS COKELY

Sign Language Interpreters: The Importance of the Day Before Dennis suggests that the secret to successful interpretations often rests on “One thing. Just one thing” – remembering “the day before”. Our failure to remember “the Day Before” means that we act on assumptions that generally result in lack of meaning equivalence in our interpretations. Pre-event

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Sign Language Interpreter Seeking Clarity

Sign Language Interpreters Seek Clarity to Defend RID NIC Certification

I want to thank StreetLeverage for creating a forum where issues affecting sign language interpreters and the field of sign language interpreting can be raised and discussed thoughtfully and respectfully. This forum has allowed me the opportunity to share my communications with the RID Board on questions I believe need to be answered regarding the

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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

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Woman Questioning Why Native Voices Have Been Vanquished

Vanquished Native Voices — A Sign Language Interpreting Crisis?

As sign language interpreters we have the difficult and challenging task of straddling two languages/cultures (Michal Agar coined the term “languaculture” to highlight the fact that language and culture cannot really be separated.) But I suggest, as others have (see Bill Moody’s 12/11/11 comment), that the vast majority of us approach this daunting task only

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Dennis Cokely

Sign Language Interpreters – Complicit in a Devil’s Bargain?

Five decades ago those of us who functioned as sign language interpreters were allies of Deaf people, united with them in fighting for communicative access to the various services and opportunities offered to society at large. Working to overcome the daily attitudinal and communicative oppression that confronted Deaf people was a force that served to

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