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Accountability and Transparency: The Missing Link in Ensuring Quality from Deaf Eyes on Interpreting

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This is the third weekly installment featuring highlights from the 20 chapters in the new book, Deaf Eyes on Interpreting, DEOnIbookpageedited by Thomas K. Holcomb and David H. Smith, which is scheduled to be released in June by Gallaudet University Press. This chapter, entitled Accountability and Transparency: The Missing Link in Ensuring Quality in Interpreting, has three co-authors: Chad Taylor, Ryan Shephard, and Justin “Bucky” Buckhold.

It focuses on how the new “professional” relationship between agencies, interpreters and Deaf consumers has resulted in a lack of accountability and transparency. Interpreting agencies assign interpreters to jobs without much attention to quality. Interpreters accept jobs without any accountability for their work. These facts have resulted in less than satisfactory experiences for many Deaf people involved in interpreted sessions. Expert interpreters are often embarrassed by the unprofessional, subpar work of their poorly qualified peers. The authors argue that both interpreters and interpreting agencies must be held accountable for their work and that increased transparency is long overdue for this profession. Chad Taylor, in the video clip above, suggests that using crowdsourcing reviews can return to Deaf people the decision making power and control they deserve when it comes to hiring interpreters, instead of just having to accept “a roll of the dice.”.

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Deaf Dream Team: The DEAM Approach from Deaf Eyes on Interpreting

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DEOnIbookpageThis is the second weekly installment featuring highlights from the 20 chapters in the new book, Deaf Eyes on Interpreting, edited by Thomas K. Holcomb and David H. Smith which is scheduled to be released in June by Gallaudet University Press.

In this chapter, Thomas K. Holcomb coins a new term, DEAM, which is a play on three English words: Deaf, Dream, and Team. He discusses how both interpreters and Deaf individuals often leave interpreted sessions feeling less than satisfied, even with the best interpreters involved. He proposes that the current standard practice is not adequate for Deaf people to fully understand the interpreted message and participate well in mostly hearing groups and suggests several ASL discourse techniques that interpreters can incorporate while interpreting lectures by hearing presenters.   He also questions several long traditions in the field of interpreting, such as the 20-minute switch rule. Tom encourages both Deaf people and interpreters to explore these issues in depth to come up with solutions that will result in better experiences for both Deaf people and interpreters.

Announcing an Important New Book: Deaf Eyes on Interpreting

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Tom: Have you wondered if we need something better, something different when it comes to our interpreting experiences?  Have you ever wished that interpreters could do their work in a way that would make it easier for us to understand the message, easier for us to participate in “hearing” environments,” and easier for them to interpret our signed words more accurately.

Good news!  Dave Smith and I just completed editing a book that addresses this very topic.  It is called Deaf Eyes on Interpreting and will be released by Gallaudet Press on June 30, 2018. Over 30 Deaf people shared their perspectives, ideas, and solutions on improving the interpreting experience for everyone involved.

For the next 20 weeks, we will be sharing one chapter each week from the book by showing a five minute video summary in ASL.  The goal is to generate discussions among Deaf people, interpreters, and others on issues relevant to our experiences with interpreting.

To begin, Trudy Suggs explains the value of storytelling from her chapter, The Importance of Storytelling to Address Deaf Disempowerment.