Brandon Arthur

Nelson Mandela: Have Sign Language Interpreters Disappointed the World?

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 … More

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5 Easy Career Enhancers for Sign Language Interpreters

5 Easy Career Enhancers for Sign Language Interpreters

What makes up a successful career as a sign language Interpreter? Logically, it depends on who is asked. Regardless of what is ultimately determined to be the magic ingredients, those interpreters who are the most successful and satisfied in their … More

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RID: Retraction Leaves Interpreters with Deaf Parents in Doubt

Brandon Arthur interviews Laurie Nash, Vice Chair of the Interpreters with Deaf Parents (IDP) Member Section of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID), on the stunning  retraction of the referendum, that if passed, would have established a designated position on the … More

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Questions for Shane Feldman, New Executive Director of RID

Brandon Arthur interviews the newly appointed Executive Director of Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID), Shane Feldman. It takes a special blend of skills to effectively run a large organization with a diversity of needs like RID. Shane shares how … More

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5 Must Have Apps for Sign Language Interpreters

5 Must Have Apps for Sign Language Interpreters

Few sign language interpreters live without a smartphone or tablet. It’s probably hard for most of us to remember what life was like before we had the ability to manage the intersection of our work and personal lives with the … 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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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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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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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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