Trudy Suggs | Deaf Disempowerment and Today’s Interpreter

Trudy presented, Deaf Disempowerment and Today’s Interpreter, at StreetLeverage – Live. Her talk examined how the choices sign language interpreters make while delivering communication access can, and often do, contribute to the economic and situational disempowerment of deaf people. Deaf … More

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Sign Language Interpreting: Can Self-Interest Lead to Disregard of Industry Stakeholders?

Sign Language Interpreting: Can Self-Interest Lead to Disregard of Industry Stakeholders?

As an Interpreter Educator, I like to use real-life scenarios in my classroom, where one of the courses I teach is Professional Ethics for Interpreters. This one is an excellent teaching tool on what effect self-interest—even at the higher levels … More

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The Cost of Invisibility: Codas and the Sign Language Interpreting Profession

The Cost of Invisibility: Codas and the Sign Language Interpreting Profession

I recently attended an interpreter retreat where the purpose was to examine privilege, how it manifests in our individual work lives,  our relationships with each other, and within the sign language interpreting profession as a whole. Privilege is a topic that … More

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A Salute to Big Thinking Sign Language Interpreters

A Salute to Big Thinking Sign Language Interpreters

What do projectile vomiting, cancelled and delayed flights, and an unrelenting Nor’easter have in common? StreetLeverage—Live. As anyone who has organized a live event will tell you, there are always unforeseen challenges that arise and StreetLeverage—Live had its fair share. … 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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4 Obsessions of a Qualified Sign Language Interpreter

4 Obsessions of a Qualified Sign Language Interpreter

Sign language interpreters come to the profession from a variety of avenues; each possessing a range of life experience that makes their daily work distinct. Though the work from interpreter to interpreter is unique, it occurs to me that there … More

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Sign Language Interpreters: The Unintended Victims of VRS Regulation Change

Sign Language Interpreters: The Unintended Victims of VRS Regulation Change

About a year ago the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) implemented new rules regarding the structure and practices of Video Relay Services (VRS).  A year later we ask: Is the VRS industry a better place for having implemented the new regulations? … More

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What Role Does Civility Play in the Sign Language Interpreting Profession?

What Role Does Civility Play in the Sign Language Interpreting Profession?

If the work we do as sign language interpreters requires that we convey messages not only with words but also with our demeanor, shouldn’t we consider what our demeanor conveys?  I propose that demeanor is the face of civility and … More

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A Role for Sign Language Interpreters: Preserving the Linguistic Human Rights of Deaf People

A Role for Sign Language Interpreters: Preserving the Linguistic Human Rights of Deaf People

As a coda when I left home to go to college, I never dreamed that I was leaving my mother tongue. It never dawned on me that there wouldn’t be deaf people where I was going and that ASL would … More

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Leadership in Sign Language Interpreting: Where are We?

Leadership in Sign Language Interpreting: Where are We?

History of Leadership It is difficult to discuss the history of leadership in the field of sign language interpreting without first selecting a starting point for our history as a “field.”  Some consider this point the juncture at which the … More

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