Tag Archives: Accountability

Accountability - The First Step to Harmony for Sign Language Interpreters

Accountability: A First Step to Harmony Among Sign Language Interpreters?

Altering our approach to problem-solving by moving from blame to accountability can transform the field of sign language interpreting. Have you ever felt a great line of divide working its way through the interpreting profession? It seems that recently every group discussion, article, or even online discussion revolves around one group being frustrated with the […]

Strategic Partnerships: Cooperation Among Stakeholders in Sign Language Interpreting Isn't Enough

Strategic Partnerships: Cooperation Among Stakeholders in Sign Language Interpreting Isn’t Enough

Chris Wagner presented Strategic Partnerships: Cooperation Among Stakeholders in Sign Language Interpreting Isn’t Enough at StreetLeverage – Live 2014 | Austin. His talk explores how developing strategic partnerships among the Deaf Community and the sign language interpreting community is more than a cooperative effort; it’s one of accountability. You can find the PPT deck for his presentation here. [Note from […]

Sign Language Interpreters: Is it Me?

Sign Language Interpreters: Is it Me?

As sign language interpreters, we know there are aspects of our industry that just aren’t working the way they should.  Just looking through the StreetLeverage site, we see examples and stories of the failings in our profession. From the disempowerment of our Deaf consumers to the underutilization of Deaf interpreters; from sign language interpreters’ lack […]

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 a field, we are responsible for the world’s distraction from the celebration of one of […]

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 PPT deck for is presentation here. The Power of Integrity First, let me thank Dave Coyne […]

Stephanie Feyne


Authenticity: The Impact of a Sign Language Interpreter’s Choices What does it mean to be “authentic” when we communicate with others? How do interpreters present an “authentic” representation of someone’s message? How do we determine if we can produce interpretations that present individuals as their authentic selves? What is the impact of the choices we […]

Sign Language Interpreters and the Quest for a Deaf Heart

Sign Language Interpreters and the Quest for a Deaf Heart

A recurrent phrase that has been appearing in frequent discussions is “Deaf heart.”  Our national interpreter organization, RID, has long been characterized as needing a Deaf heart.  Recently, changes have been made to move RID to a more Deaf-centered perspective on the field of interpretation. The most recent evidence of this is the addition of […]

Sign Language Interpreter Considering Their Obsessions About the Work

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 are 4 primary preoccupations shared by qualified practitioners. Some might consider them obsessions, the non-clinical […]

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The Three Temptations of a Sign Language Interpreter

The dynamics of working as a sign language interpreter are complex and require that a person be comfortable operating in the unknown with limited information. As a result of navigating these complexities, we are accustom to owning the decisions—or choosing not to own them—that influence the value and outcome of our work. Unfortunately, with this […]