Thamsanqa Jantjie, the sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's funeral

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 … Continue reading

Sign Language Interpreter Wondering Why He Doesn't Get More Work

Why Do Qualified Sign Language Interpreters Get Less Work?

In a recent conversation with Tom Holcomb about certified vs. qualified sign language interpreters, he said something that surprised me. He shared that approximately 90% of the interpreters referred to work with him outside of his professional faculty position and … Continue reading

A K-12 Call to Arms for Sign Language Interpreter Training Programs

K-12: A Call to Arms for Sign Language Interpreter Training Programs

K-12 interpreting* has been around for quite some time, at least since the precursor of today’s IDEA was passed in 1975.  In the earlier years after this law was passed, we saw the development of what were called “self-contained classrooms,” … Continue reading

Betty Colonomos

Betty Colonomos | Sign Language Interpreters Fostering Integrity

Betty presented, Sign Language Interpreters Fostering Integrity, at StreetLeverage – Live 2013 | Atlanta. Her talk explored how sign language interpreters operate with integrity and the professional measures needed ensure the highest standards are in fact upheld. You can find the … Continue reading