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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Vulnerability: A Collaboration Killer for Sign Language Interpreters

Vulnerability: A Collaboration Killer for Sign Language Interpreters

As calls for volunteers went out to test a platform that could ultimately provide live ASL interpretation for any TEDx conference—TEDx events are community organized events that bring people together to share ideas—two groups of sign language interpreters emerged, a … More

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Sign Language Interpreters: Team Interpreting and its Ethical Consequences

Sign Language Interpreters: Team Interpreting and its Ethical Consequences

For various reasons we, as interpreters, decline assignments. These reasons may include but are not limited to: one’s level of familiarity with content, a conflict of interest, a lack of availability, gaps in training, and a respect for the interpreter … More

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Allies: Sign Language Interpreters and a Bigger Picture View

Allies: Sign Language Interpreters and a Bigger Picture View

We know Deaf people who have advanced to mid-level ranges in their respective careers, who are more than competent at what they do and could easily be leaders in their realms of expertise. I wonder what trajectory any one of … More

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Shane Feldman | Where Does Advocacy Fit in the Sign Language Interpreting Profession?

Does RID have Deaf heart? What happened with the Lewis and Naomi resignations? What’s going on at the leadership level at RID and what does the future hold for the organization? These are just a few of the candid questions … More

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Sign Language Interpreters: Embody the Change You Want to See

In the afterglow of StreetLeverage – Live | Atlanta the words of Seth Godin resonate strongly, “The art of moving forward lies in understanding what to leave behind.” As I have contemplated the myriad of questions asked and the rich … More

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Nigel Howard | Deaf Interpreters: The State of Inclusion

“No two persons ever read the same book.” I share this quote from Edmund Wilson with you to highlight a point in this presentation. A reader brings to a book their own experience and understanding in order to create meaning … More

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Ethical Choices: Educational Sign Language Interpreters as Change Agents

Ethical Choices: Educational Sign Language Interpreters as Change Agents

I have the pleasure and challenge of working with educational sign language interpreters around the country. Pleasure because I generally find these interpreters extremely committed to the best interests of students. Challenge because I generally find them frustrated by their … More

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RID: Retraction Leaves Interpreters with Deaf Parents in Doubt

Brandon Arthur interviews Laurie Nash, Vice Chair of the Interpreters with Deaf Parents (IDP) Member Section of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID), on the stunning  retraction of the referendum, that if passed, would have established a designated position on the … More

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Sign Language Interpreters: Purposeful Change for Power Holders

Sign Language Interpreters: Purposeful Change for Power Holders

Since I gained professional status as a sign language interpreter, I have witnessed oppression of various types, more than I would like, such as disenfranchisement of Deaf community members, abuse of power by interpreters, and discrimination against Deaf individuals.  These … More

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