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Carol Padden

Do Sign Language Interpreter Accents Compromise Comprehension?

Carol Padden presented Do Sign Language Interpreter Accents Compromise Comprehension? at StreetLeverage – Live 2014 | Austin. Carol’s talk  establishes that there are indeed accents in sign language and therefore interpreters need to consider “voice coaches” if they want to deliver clear … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading


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Sign Language Interpreters: Attire Leaves a First and Lasting Impression

Sign Language Interpreters: Attire Leaves a First & Lasting Impression

Do you mind your ABCs (Appearance, Behavior, and Communication) as you prepare for every assignment?  Can you think of an interpreter who has professionally mastered her or his ABCs and the impact that mastery has had on the Deaf community … Continue reading


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Power Dynamics: Are Sign Language Interpreters Getting it Right?

Power Dynamics: Are Sign Language Interpreters Getting it Right?

I was attending a community fund development event. An unfamiliar interpreter was scheduled to work with me. Unfortunately, I don’t always have the luxury of deciding or learning the identity of my interpreters before events. Nor do I have designated … Continue reading


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Sign Language Interpreter Questioning Use of VRS in Legal Settings

VRS Sign Language Interpreters: An Appropriate Legal Tool?

As more cities, counties and states deal with budget cuts and economic shortfalls, money designated for courts, District Attorney’s and Public Attorney’s Offices is being reduced. Unintended and often overlooked victims of these financial cutbacks include Deaf persons. Best practice … Continue reading

Anna Witter-Merithew

Stepping Out of the Shadows of Invisibility: Toward a Deeper Conceptualization of the Role of Sign Language Interpreters

Anna presented, Stepping Out of the Shadows of Invisibility: Toward a Deeper Conceptualization of the Role of Sign Language Interpreters, at StreetLeverage – Live 2013 in Atlanta, GA. Her talk examined how interpreters tend to approach role conception, definition and implementation from an … Continue reading