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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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Has An Identity Crisis Immobilized The Field of Sign Language Interpreting?

Has An Identity Crisis Immobilized The Field of Sign Language Interpreting?

During my attendance at the 2012 Region IV RID Conference in Denver and the 2013 National RID Conference in Indianapolis I found myself in tears more than once. While it is not uncommon for me to become emotional when I … More

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#Doable: How Sign Language Interpreters Restore Relationships With The Deaf Community

#Doable: How Sign Language Interpreters Restore Relationships With The Deaf Community

I was privileged enough to serve as a full-time conference interpreter at the 2013 RID Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. I was, as always, thrilled to have the opportunity to work with incredible colleagues, meet new people, and reconnect with old … More

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The Five Step Path to Resiliency for Sign Language Interpreters

The Five Step Path to Resiliency for Sign Language Interpreters

One of the strengths of our community of practice is our diversity of thought, background, and belief systems – it is also is what poses the greatest challenge when we come together to create positive change. The potential outcome in … More

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It Takes a Village to Raise a Sign Language Interpreter

It Takes a Village to Raise a Sign Language Interpreter

With fall upon us, students in interpreter training programs all over the country have begun another semester on their journey to becoming a sign language interpreter. Along with the classroom lectures and hands-on practice teachers are planning, they are also … More

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Will Sign Language Interpreters Recognize Their Own Reflection?

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 … More

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