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Stepping Out of the Shadows of Invisibility: Toward a Deeper Conceptualization of the Role of Sign Language Interpreters

Anna presented, Stepping Out of the Shadows of Invisibility: Toward a Deeper Conceptualization of the Role of Sign Language Interpreters, at StreetLeverage – Live 2013 in Atlanta, GA. Her talk examined how interpreters tend to approach role conception, definition and implementation from an … More

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#iamleverage: Sign Language Interpreters Honor Their Mentors

#iamleverage: Sign Language Interpreters Honor Their Mentors

As sign language interpreters, each one of us can point to a single person who most influenced our career. These mentors, formal and informal, extended us perspective and learning that has shaped our view of the practice of sign language … More

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Sign Language Interpreters and the Quest for Language Competence

Sign Language Interpreters and the Quest for Language Competence

For interpreters, developing sign language fluency is work that is never done. This is true whether we are native signers or learned later in life. Some second language learners naively think that our Coda colleagues don’t have to work for … More

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Sign Language Interpreters: The Importance of the Day Before

Dennis presented, Sign Language Interpreters: The Importance of the Day Before, at StreetLeverage – Live 2013 in Atlanta, GA. His talk encouraged sign language interpreters to consider that the secret to successful interpretations often rests on “One thing. Just one thing.” … More

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#Doable:  Creating Safe Spaces for Sign Language Interpreters

#Doable: Creating Safe Spaces for Sign Language Interpreters

Throughout my career as a sign language interpreter, I have been fortunate to have the most generous and giving mentors imaginable. I have always had a safe place to land when I needed support or professional advice and have always … More

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Identity Presentation: How Sign Language Interpreters Do It With Integrity

Identity Presentation: How Sign Language Interpreters Do It With Integrity

“Who are you? Where are you from?” These are seemingly simple questions. However, I find them incredibly complicated to answer, especially in the past the last few years. Part of my complication in answering has to do with where I currently … More

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Cooperation Strengthens Sign Language Interpreter Education Programs

Cooperation Strengthens Sign Language Interpreter Education Programs

From time to time I have heard it said that interpreter education programs are the new functional “gatekeepers” of the sign language interpreting profession. That is, with more interpreters learning ASL and interpreting in academic settings, rather than based on … More

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Tribal Communication: Evolving Expectations in the Field of Sign Language Interpreting

Tribal Communication: Evolving Expectations in the Field of Sign Language Interpreting

  San Francisco, 2007. My very first Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) national conference. I had been working in the field for two years and I was thrilled to be attending the national business meeting with my heroes … More

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Treachery: Why Sign Language Interpreters Don’t Correct Each Other’s Work

Treachery: Why Sign Language Interpreters Don’t Correct Each Other’s Work

As I submit this, some time has passed since the incident of the “fake interpreter” at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. While this was an event of historic proportions, it was not an event where the life, liberty or … More

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How Do Sign Language Interpreters Avoid Mentoring’s Dodgy Undertow?

How Do Sign Language Interpreters Avoid Mentoring’s Dodgy Undertow?

We have all had someone who “took us under their wing” at some point in our careers. These people that we say changed the trajectory of our careers and pulled us up by allowing us to stand on their shoulders. … More

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