Sign Language Interpreter

FCC VRS Reform Part II – Sign Language Interpreters File Public Comment

FCC VRS Reform Part II – Sign Language Interpreters File Public Comment

The charge of emotion sign language interpreters received at the hand of VRS Reform, while important in prompting us to action, can be detrimental if not checked when filing comment with the FCC. Though appreciative of the sign language interpreter … More

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Sign Language Interpreters – Complicit in a Devil’s Bargain?

Sign Language Interpreters – Complicit in a Devil’s Bargain?

Five decades ago those of us who functioned as sign language interpreters were allies of Deaf people, united with them in fighting for communicative access to the various services and opportunities offered to society at large. Working to overcome the … More

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How Sign Language Interpreters Survive a Professional Shakedown

How Sign Language Interpreters Survive a Professional Shakedown

You’re traveling along, like you do on any given day when suddenly you feel the muzzle of a gun pressed against the back of your head and hear, “give me your high rate of pay, all your premium workplace perks, … More

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Sign Language Interpreters and the Karma of Gratitude

Sign Language Interpreters and the Karma of Gratitude

Unemployment, wage reductions, and scant opportunity are just a few things that can describe the last year for sign language interpreters.  I believe it easy, given the industry turmoil, for interpreters to stumble into the trappings of ingratitude. Who could … More

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A Sign Language Interpreter is a Sidewalk-Executive?

A Sign Language Interpreter is a Sidewalk-Executive?

The sign language interpreting marketplace is peppered with interpreting companies big and small; some are uber successful and others not so much.  Let’s be honest, they are telling a similar story and selling nearly the same thing—whether it is Community … More

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The Goo at the Center of a Sign Language Interpreter

The Goo at the Center of a Sign Language Interpreter

If a sign language interpreter could reach inside and scoop out the goo that makes them who they are, a mixture of artistic judgment, emotional labor, and organic creativity would drip from their fingers.  This genuine house blend is the … More

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Sign Language Interpreting—An Industry Past Feeling?

Sign Language Interpreting—An Industry Past Feeling?

It is often said that the anonymity of living in a big city and the effort to avoid feeling imposed on by the crush of humanity, makes people hard and unfeeling. After all, it’s only in the big city that … More

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What Characteristics Should the New RID Executive Director Have?

What Characteristics Should the New RID Executive Director Have?

The removal of longtime Executive Director, Clay Nettles, on the eve of the 2011 RID National conference came as quite a surprise.  See the official information release here.  A change in leadership at the top of any organization has many … More

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Are You an Artist or Just the Sign Language Interpreter?

Are You an Artist or Just the Sign Language Interpreter?

You know them, the sign language interpreter “everyone loves, everyone wants to hire, and everyone wants to work with.”  Where do people with this perfect blend of supernatural skill and inviting personality come from?  Regardless of the answer, I believe … More

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Building a Business: Office Supplies are the Easy Part

Building a Business: Office Supplies are the Easy Part

Let me start by tipping my cap and offering my thanks to the longtime practitioners and business owners and operators that have together persevered to form and publicly legitimize what we know as—our profession.  As is the case with most … More

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