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Is Sign Language Interpreting Ready for an Uber-like Approach?

Is Sign Language Interpreting Ready for an Uber-like Approach?

Traditional models of sign language interpreter referral are going head-to-head with technology as the digital realm’s innovation and sophistication foster the creation of out-of-the-box solutions for providing access. Read this case-in-point. Are sign language interpreters ready to challenge their own ideas about “standard practices”? Just as VRS and VRI redefined the field of signed language interpretation,

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Must Have Apps for Sign Language Interpreters

2016 Reboot: 7 Must Have Apps for Sign Language Interpreters

With apps available for everything, recommendations can narrow the search. In his 2016 reboot, Brandon Arthur highlights apps that make communication, commuting and productivity easier, faster and safer for sign language interpreters. What a difference a few years make! In 2013, StreetLeverage featured Leave Now, Google Maps, Evernote, Expensify and Bump as must-have apps. In

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Can Clarity Return Discretion to VRS?

Can Clarity Return Discretion to VRS Interpreters’ Repertoire?

The FCC’s “10-minute rule” and their stance on information gathering to contextualize calls in VRS have been widely misunderstood. Understanding the intent of these regulations can help return discretion to VRS interpreters. A great American journalist, Margaret Fuller, once said, “If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.” Sign language interpreters often

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Sign Language Interpreter Wondering Why He Doesn't Get More 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 public presentations, were not certified. From inside my bubble of privilege and pursuit of my

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Sign Language Interpreters and 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 and coming fictional band. What ensues is his journey as a “groupie” that captures the

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Happy Sign Language Interpreter Using Apps To Enhance Her Productivity

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 swipe of a finger. With the bazillions of apps out there, which ones are particularly

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Onsite Sign Language Interpreter Considering the Concept of Extinction

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 being replaced by the values of a “Virtual Presence Era.” Wing suggested that the iterative

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Distraught Sign Language Interpreter

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? What Did it Achieve? The intent of the rule was to root out fraud and

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Sign Language Interpreter Wondering Where the Field is with Leadership

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 shift from volunteer interpreter to paid interpreter began, and the time at which training standards

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Sign Language Interpreter Thinking Really Hard

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 local horror stories for years. As this is a national issue it cannot solely be

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