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Tom Holcomb

Sign Language Interpreting: Engaging the Disengaged, Empowering the Disempowered

Tom Holcomb presented Sign Language Interpreting: Engaging the Disengaged, Empowering the Disempowered at StreetLeverage – Live 2017 | St. Paul. For this presentation, Tom takes a hard look at the standard practice of interpreting, one that often disengages and disempowers Deaf people. You can find the PPT deck for his presentation here. [Note from StreetLeverage:

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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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Self-Care & Sign Language Interpreters

Self-Care & Sign Language Interpreters: 8 Ways to Ease Trauma

The work of a sign language interpreter requires patience, compassion, flexibility, and a heart of service. Breana Cross Hall provides some tips for self-care to help keep the work more sustainable. You know what it’s like: you show up to an assignment or accept a call that, in the beginning, seems to be going one

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Behind the Screens: The Ethics of Medical VRI & Sign Language Interpreters

Behind the Screens: The Ethics of Medical VRI & Sign Language Interpreters

Shelly Hansen explores the ethical implications of VRI in medical settings, especially the impacts of dropped connections during sensitive consultations and loss of consumer choice regarding live, on-site sign language interpretation. It’s all the rage. Those smooth little carts with satisfying clicks and keys. Sweet control, right here at my fingertips for your eyes. No

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Marty Taylor

Sign Language Interpreting: The Benefits of Think Aloud Protocols

Marty Taylor presented Sign Language Interpreting: The Benefits of Think Aloud Protocols at StreetLeverage – Live 2016 | Fremont. Her presentation discusses how focusing on process can result in more effective and nuanced interpretations. You can find the PPT deck for her presentation here. [Note from StreetLeverage: What follows is an English translation of Marty’s

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Linguistic Flexibility: Success Decoded for K-12 Sign Language Interpreters

Linguistic Flexibility: Success Decoded for K-12 Sign Language Interpreters

Decoding language requires linguistic competence and flexibility. Jessica Carter discusses the importance of flexible bilingualism for sign language interpreters, especially those working in K-12 and educational settings. As bilinguals, as in having proficiency in two languages, ASL interpreters code switch on a daily basis, at a moment’s notice. ASL-English interpreters typically do this by borrowing

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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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Dennis Cokely

[Archives] Sign Language Interpreters: The Importance of the Day Before

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 March 18, 2014. Dennis presented Sign Language Interpreters: The Importance of the

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Keeping Sign Language Interpreters Safe in a Violent World

Keeping Sign Language Interpreters Safe in a Violent World

“At-risk” and “sign language interpreter” are not synonymous for most people. Stephen Holter highlights some risk factors and preventative measures sign language interpreters can use to stay safe. Walking through the lobby of the mental health facility, the sign language interpreter had no way of knowing that just a few short hours later, a gunman

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Where’s the Welcome Mat? Opening the Door to Deaf Interpreters

Where’s the Welcome Mat? Opening the Door to Deaf Interpreters

Deaf Interpreters (DI) bring a wealth of cultural and linguistic experience to Interpreter Education. Jeremy Rogers investigated the DI experience with Education Programs resulting in some practical recommendations for how to better welcome them to the table. In 2014, Eileen Forestal, PhD, RSC, presented at StreetLeverage – Live in Austin, Texas. One of the most

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