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The Field of Sign Language Interpreting Needs an Accomplice Not an Ally

The Field of Sign Language Interpreting Needs an Accomplice Not an Ally

One of the benefits of participating in various conferences and workshops as a member of the StreetLeverage Social Media team is the opportunity to gain additional exposure to some of the field’s thinkers, challengers, and supporters. Jonathan Webb embodies all of those traits. We are grateful he was willing to make time to sit down

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Carla Shird - Language Privilege

Carla Shird: Language Privilege and the Field of Sign Language Interpreting

As part of the StreetLeverage endeavor, we seek to uncover new perspectives and highlight subject areas in the field of sign language interpreting which may need additional exploration or contextualization. One critical area of inquiry is power and privilege, a topic discussed at the RID 2017 LEAD Together Conference. Brandon Arthur, StreetLeverage founder, had the

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Incarceration: Opportunity or a Sign Language Interpreter's Scarlet Letter?

Incarceration: Opportunity or a Sign Language Interpreter’s Scarlet Letter?

Formerly incarcerated individuals acting as sign language interpreters? A knee-jerk reaction may be a resounding, “NO!”. Scott Huffman opens the dialogue about representation, second chances, and the American Dream. Greetings. My name is Scott Huffman. I am a father of four, husband, son, friend, mentor, and activist. My day-to-day work consists of being an Outreach

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Language Shaming: Impacts and Implications for Sign Language Interpreters

Language Shaming: Impacts and Implications for Sign Language Interpreters

Dawn Wessling presented Language Shaming: Impacts and Implications for Sign Language Interpreters at StreetLeverage – Live 2017 | St. Paul. Her presentation examines the increasing disconnects among students and the Deaf community and explores the concept of language shaming, its impact on attitudes and attrition from the field. You can find the PPT deck for

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Deaf Interpreter Conference II

Deaf Interpreter Conference II: From the Inside

What better way to illustrate “full inclusion with sign language”, the theme of the 2017 International Week of the Deaf, than interviews from the movers and shakers at the second Deaf Interpreter Conference in Villanova, PA this summer? Creating an organic, Deaf space is the ultimate in full inclusion with sign language. An interpreting organization

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Can Congressional Bathroom Logistics Change Sign Language Interpreting?

Can Congressional Bathroom Logistics Change Sign Language Interpreting?

Organizational systems, depending on how they are created, can limit access and inclusion. Chris Rutledge explores control options sign language interpreters have for creating more inclusive systems in their own community and organizations. For many years, Yale Medical School and Harvard Law school would only admit men; women were barred from entry (Chemaly, 2015). Once

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MJ Bienvenu

Bridge to Allyship: Understanding Accountability as Sign Language Interpreters

MJ Bienvenu presented Bridge to Allyship: Understanding Accountability as Sign Language Interpreters at StreetLeverage – Live 2016 | Fremont. Her presentation explores accountability and its relationship to being an ally versus calling ourselves allies. You can find the PPT deck for her presentation here.  [Note from StreetLeverage: What follows is an English translation of MJ’s StreetLeverage

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Doug Bowen Bailey

[Archives] Transforming Perspectives: The Power of One-to-One Conversations For Sign Language Interpreters

Our archives are filled with the generosity of our presenters and contributors. It is often enlightening to look back at the path which leads to the present. To that end, we offer this glimpse into the StreetLeverage archives. This presentation was originally published on July 1, 2014. Doug Bowen-Bailey presented Transforming Perspectives: The Power of

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Wayne Betts, Jr.

The Speed of Change: Is Sign Language Interpreting Keeping Pace?

Wayne Betts, Jr. presented The Speed of Change: Is Sign Language Interpreting Keeping Pace? at StreetLeverage – Live 2016 | Fremont. His presentation highlights the need for evolution in the field of sign language interpreting to better meet the needs of Deaf consumers. [Note from StreetLeverage: What follows is an English translation of Wayne’s StreetLeverage –

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What 2016 Taught Sign Language Interpreters about Success in 2017

What Did 2016 Teach Sign Language Interpreters About Success in 2017?

It is tempting to write 2016 off and move immediately into the new year, but that would mean overlooking some of the profound and fundamental lessons shared by StreetLeverage contributors last year. While public speaking is one of the most fearful things humans can do, expressing one’s thoughts and perspectives via social media in two

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