Do Sign Language Interpreters Have a Right to a Consumer’s Attention?

Do Sign Language Interpreters Have a Right to a Consumer’s Attention?

At times it can be very difficult to be a sign language interpreter. We put our reputations on the line each and every day we raise our hands to work. We navigate new environments and new subject matter on a … More

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The Value of Networking for the Developing Sign Language Interpreter

The Value of Networking for the Developing Sign Language Interpreter

In order for students to be successful sign-language interpreters, prior to graduating it is critical that they develop a relationship with both the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community (DHHC) and current-working professionals within the DHHC.  This would include interpreters, … More

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A Deaf Perspective: Cultural Respect in Sign Language Interpreting

A Deaf Perspective: Cultural Respect in Sign Language Interpreting

A chip on her shoulder. An angry Deaf person. I will definitely NOT be attending her workshops in the future. The workshop seemed to be a venting session for the Deaf people.   These were just some of the evaluation … More

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Sign Language Interpreters: Recognizing & Analyzing Our Power & Privilege

Sign Language Interpreters: Recognizing & Analyzing Our Power & Privilege

Are sign language interpreters intrinsically connected to the fight for humanity, as suggested by Brandon Arthur in his post, The Goo Inside a Sign Language Interpreter? What is our role working within a marginalized and oppressed community? What is our … More

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Is it Time to Certify Sign Language Interpreter Referral Agencies?

Is it Time to Certify Sign Language Interpreter Referral Agencies?

Alarmingly, sign language referral agencies are sending increasing numbers of unqualified signers to interpret for Deaf consumers, causing harm to the communities we serve and to the interpreting field. Friends, consumers and colleagues around the US have been sharing their … More

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Sign Language Interpreters Seek Clarity to Defend RID NIC Certification

Sign Language Interpreters Seek Clarity to Defend RID NIC Certification

I want to thank StreetLeverage for creating a forum where issues affecting sign language interpreters and the field of sign language interpreting can be raised and discussed thoughtfully and respectfully. This forum has allowed me the opportunity to share my … More

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Self-Talk: A Sign Language Interpreter’s Inner Warning System?

Self-Talk: A Sign Language Interpreter’s Inner Warning System?

As my team interpreter and I stood outside the courtroom, red-faced, sputtering and hissing at each other like a pair of angry snakes, it was clear that I could have handled this situation more effectively. A confluence of factors led to … More

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Overcoming Challenges as a Sign Language Interpreter of Color

Overcoming Challenges as a Sign Language Interpreter of Color

At times we may question whether our peers value what we bring to the sign language interpreting profession. Regardless of our confidence level about what we bring, I believe we would likely agree that it is a diversity of backgrounds … More

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Do You Resemble the Sign Language Interpreter in Your Head?

Do You Resemble the Sign Language Interpreter in Your Head?

Its part of the human experience to tell ourselves a story about the kind of person we are and why we choose to do what we do. This innate storytelling tendency extends to the professional personas we build as sign … More

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Sign Language Interpreters: A Big StreetLeverage Thank You!

Sign Language Interpreters: A Big StreetLeverage Thank You!

It is surreal to me that this month marks the 12th month that StreetLeverage has been working to amplify the voice of the sign language interpreter. As my mind races in review of the last year, I find myself incredibly … More

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