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White House Hires Full-Time ASL Interpreters for First Time

April 7, 2022

For the first time in history, the White House has full-time American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters who help bring the president’s message to everyone during livestream broadcasts. Elsie Stecker, who…

Veterans Who Rescued Afghan Interpreters Help Canadian Forces Interpreters Evacuate from Ukraine

April 7, 2022

Years after leaving the front lines, two Canadian veterans are tackling the horrors of war again as they help Ukrainians, including interpreters who worked with the Canadian Forces, escape. For…

New Manitoba Programs Aim to Increase Number of Indigenous Speakers/Language Services

February 17, 2022

The provincial government of Manitoba, Canada, announced that it is partnering with the nonprofit Indigenous Languages of Manitoba, Inc. and providing $300,000 for the delivery of programs to build Indigenous-language…

Mayo Clinic Health System Interpreters Bridge Language Barriers

February 17, 2022

Staff interpreters at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse, Wisconsin, work to make sure that every patient—no matter their language—understands how to take their medication through the hospital’s…

Squid Game Controversy Highlights Poor Working Conditions of Subtitlers

February 17, 2022

The wildly popular Netflix series Squid Game drew criticism for its poorly translated English subtitles. But the real issue is the dismal pay and harsh working conditions that experienced subtitlers…

Interpreter Who Helped Joe Biden Escape Afghanistan Arrives in U.S.

February 17, 2022

The interpreter who helped President Joe Biden escape Afghanistan in 2008 has finally arrived in the U.S. “I’m totally free. I’m so excited. It was a long trip, with a…

Planet Word Founder on the Power of Language

February 1, 2022

When Ann Friedman retired from teaching, she knew she wanted to continue her work promoting literacy. But how could she find something that would engage young people? Then she thought,…

Nigerian Language Advocates Seek Inclusion of African Languages in Tech Devices

February 1, 2022

Voice-activated virtual assistant technologies such as Siri and Alexa are becoming increasingly common around the world, but in Africa, with its many languages, most people are at a digital disadvantage.…

Ontario Freelance Court Interpreters Rally for Better Wages

February 1, 2022

Freelance court interpreters in Brampton, Ontario, started the year with a rally, calling for a long overdue wage increase and other benefits to improve working conditions. The interpreters joined members…

British Sign Language to Become Recognized Language in the U.K.

February 1, 2022

With the British government poised to support the passage of the British Sign Language Bill, British Sign Language (BSL) is on track to become a recognized language in the U.K.…

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