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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StreetLeverage-Live: A Water Cooler Upgrade for Sign Language Interpreters

StreetLeverage-Live: A Water Cooler Upgrade for Sign Language Interpreters

As most sign language interpreters will readily admit, much of the meaningful dialogue they have on the developments within the field occur at the water coolers of the profession—“small talk” sessions with a colleague. If you are reading this post, … More

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New Lamps for Old: Apprenticeship in Sign Language Interpreting

New Lamps for Old: Apprenticeship in Sign Language Interpreting

A while ago I taught a workshop in Thailand. My driver, Tuy, took pains during our commute to describe points of interest and cultural nuance. At stoplights, vendors would rush into the queue of cars. One day, Tuy bought a … More

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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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