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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 StreetLeverage.com. 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 … More

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Groupishness: What Sign Language Interpreters Think and Express, They do

Groupishness: What Sign Language Interpreters Think and Express, They do

From its root, language represents the essence of who we are–it embodies the very foundation of our culture. Our language, unique in expression, syntax, style of discourse and conceptualizations reflects our most unique personal and cultural differences. Our use of … More

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Transforming Perspectives: The Power of One-to-One Conversations For Sign Language Interpreters

Doug Bowen-Bailey presented Transforming Perspectives: The Power of One-to-One Conversations For Sign Language Interpreters at StreetLeverage – Live 2014 | Austin. His talk suggested that one-one-one conversations with stakeholders in the Deaf and sign language interpreting communities can create powerful … More

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Sign Language Interpreters: Achieving Authentic Confidence

Sign Language Interpreters: Achieving Authentic Confidence

Imagine yourself in the restroom while on a break from your work as a sign language interpreter. You look into the mirror as you dry your hands. What do you see? A linguist? An ally of the Deaf community? A … More

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Social Justice: An Obligation for Sign Language Interpreters?

Social Justice: An Obligation for Sign Language Interpreters?

The field of sign language interpreting still finds itself at a very serious and critical juncture as interpreters and educators attempt to put Deaf community members back into its center. Without considering the tenets of social justice and the perspectives … More

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Marginalization Within the Sign Language Interpreting Profession: Where is the Deaf Perspective?

Nancy presented, Marginalization Within the Sign Language Interpreting Profession: Where is the Deaf Perspective?, at StreetLeverage – Live 2013 | Atlanta. Her talk explored how the intersectional dynamic between the deaf and sign language interpreting communities has literally been lost in … More

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Sign Language Interpreters and the Quest for Language Competence

Sign Language Interpreters and the Quest for Language Competence

For interpreters, developing sign language fluency is work that is never done. This is true whether we are native signers or learned later in life. Some second language learners naively think that our Coda colleagues don’t have to work for … More

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#Doable:  Creating Safe Spaces for Sign Language Interpreters

#Doable: Creating Safe Spaces for Sign Language Interpreters

Throughout my career as a sign language interpreter, I have been fortunate to have the most generous and giving mentors imaginable. I have always had a safe place to land when I needed support or professional advice and have always … More

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Sign Language Interpreters and the Quest for Cultural Competence

Sign Language Interpreters and the Quest for Cultural Competence

I’ve been interpreting professionally for 25 years. I like to think I’m reasonably good at what I do but from time to time something will dawn on me about ASL or Deaf culture that I’ve never known or realized before. … More

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Nelson Mandela: Have Sign Language Interpreters Disappointed the World?

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 … More

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