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Why Do Qualified Sign Language Interpreters Get Less Work?

Why Do Qualified Sign Language Interpreters Get Less Work?

In a recent conversation with Tom Holcomb about certified vs. qualified sign language interpreters, he said something that surprised me. He shared that approximately 90% of the interpreters referred to work with him outside of his professional faculty position and … More

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What Can Groupies Teach Sign Language Interpreters About Social Networking?

What Can Groupies Teach Sign Language Interpreters About Social Networking?

Several months ago I watched an edited for TV movie, “Almost Famous”, a story of a young boy on the doorstep of the 70s rock scene, tasked by Rolling Stones magazine to write a gritty behind-the-scenes article of an up … More

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5 Must Have Apps for Sign Language Interpreters

5 Must Have Apps for Sign Language Interpreters

Few sign language interpreters live without a smartphone or tablet. It’s probably hard for most of us to remember what life was like before we had the ability to manage the intersection of our work and personal lives with the … More

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Wing Butler | Onsite Sign Language Interpreters Face Extinction

Wing presented, Onsite Sign Language Interpreters Face Extinction, at StreetLeverage – Live. His talk examined the legislation and technology developments of the 90′s that defined the values of the sign language interpreters in the “Onsite Era” and how these values are now … More

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Sign Language Interpreters: The Unintended Victims of VRS Regulation Change

Sign Language Interpreters: The Unintended Victims of VRS Regulation Change

About a year ago the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) implemented new rules regarding the structure and practices of Video Relay Services (VRS).  A year later we ask: Is the VRS industry a better place for having implemented the new regulations? … More

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Leadership in Sign Language Interpreting: Where are We?

Leadership in Sign Language Interpreting: Where are We?

History of Leadership It is difficult to discuss the history of leadership in the field of sign language interpreting without first selecting a starting point for our history as a “field.”  Some consider this point the juncture at which the … More

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Is it Time to Certify Sign Language Interpreter Referral Agencies?

Is it Time to Certify Sign Language Interpreter Referral Agencies?

Alarmingly, sign language referral agencies are sending increasing numbers of unqualified signers to interpret for Deaf consumers, causing harm to the communities we serve and to the interpreting field. Friends, consumers and colleagues around the US have been sharing their … More

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Sign Language Interpreters: 5 Helpful Tips in Selecting an Attorney

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 … More

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Failure to Innovate: A Deathblow for Sign Language Interpreting Agencies

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 … More

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Interprenomics: A Decoder Ring for Sign Language Interpreters

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, … More

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