Politics & Regulatory

Mea Culpa: We Failed RID & Sign Language Interpreters with Deaf Parents

Mea Culpa: We Failed RID & Sign Language Interpreters with Deaf Parents

Part of my motivation in writing this article now is that I so poorly dropped the ball when the time came to vote on establishing a position on the RID Board of Directors that dedicated a seat to an Interpreter … More

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Questions for Shane Feldman, New Executive Director of RID

Brandon Arthur interviews the newly appointed Executive Director of Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID), Shane Feldman. It takes a special blend of skills to effectively run a large organization with a diversity of needs like RID. Shane shares how … More

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Lynnette Taylor | Modern Questor: Connecting the Past to the Future of the Field

Lynnette presented, Modern Questor: Connecting the Past to the Future of the Field, at StreetLeverage – Live. Her talk examined how the shift from a Deaf/centric to a market/centric locus of power has left both the Deaf community and sign language interpreters feeling … More

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VRS Reform: Will Anyone Wade in to Save the Sign Language Interpreter?

VRS Reform: Will Anyone Wade in to Save the Sign Language Interpreter?

The October 15, 2012 Public Notice released by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has sent another wave of distress crashing over top of the already apprehensive sign language interpreters working in support the nation’s Video Relay Service (VRS). As these … More

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RID Increases Dues: An Interview with President Brenda Walker-Prudhom

Brandon Arthur interviews the President of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID), Brenda Walker-Prudhom, on the increase in dues and fees announced on March 30, 2012. In the interview Brenda reiterates the 4 driving priorities of RID, the … More

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Can Blogging Protect the Interests of Sign Language Interpreters?

Can Blogging Protect the Interests of Sign Language Interpreters?

During these times of economic crisis many states are making decisions and cuts that have a real impact on sign language interpreters. It is times like these when it is even more vital to pay attention to the decisions your … More

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Outwitting the Devil: NAD Calls on Sign Language Interpreters to Partner

Outwitting the Devil: NAD Calls on Sign Language Interpreters to Partner

Sign language interpreters and deaf people have a long standing symbiotic relationship notwithstanding any actual or perceived “Devil’s Bargain” as described by Dennis Cokely in his December 8, 2011 article.  In that article, Mr. Cokely points out that the relationship … More

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Should Sign Language Interpreters Unionize?

Should Sign Language Interpreters Unionize?

In today’s economic downturns and upswings, representation in the labor market is paramount to the success of any profession.  The profession of sign language interpreting is no different.  Without understanding the influence unity bears, sign language interpreters all over the … More

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Vanquished Native Voices — A Sign Language Interpreting Crisis?

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 … More

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FCC VRS Reform Part II – Sign Language Interpreters File Public Comment

FCC VRS Reform Part II – Sign Language Interpreters File Public Comment

The charge of emotion sign language interpreters received at the hand of VRS Reform, while important in prompting us to action, can be detrimental if not checked when filing comment with the FCC. Though appreciative of the sign language interpreter … More

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