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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 is completely deaf, is the first-ever official White House ASL interpreter. The groundbreaking position comes after advocates sued to get live ASL interpreting during COVID…

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 the past eight months, Kynan Walper, a former infantry officer who served in Afghanistan, and Dave Lavery, a former special forces officer, had been helping…

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 proficiency, literacy, and translation capacity The one-time grant will support the creation and operation of two programs over the next three years. One program will…

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 “Meds to Beds” program. “Meds to Beds” is designed to get medication to patients along with the knowledge on how to use it before they…

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 face. The practice of outsourcing sees TV stations, movie studios, and streaming giants hire external subtitling vendors instead of using in-house subtitlers. The result is…

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 start from the north of Afghanistan right to the border of Pakistan,” said former interpreter Mohammad Aman Khalili. “It was very scary because the Taliban…

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, what about combining technology and learning in a way that would make language “cool”? The result: Planet Word, an interactive museum of words and language…

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. To address the problem, researchers are creating translation tools to recognize and promote Indigenous languages such as Yoruba. Oluwafemi Awosanya, who teaches Yoruba, said he…

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 of the Professional Court Interpreters of Ontario (PCIO) outside the Brampton Provincial Offences Court armed with signs reading “skilled profession = skilled rate” and “justice…

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. The bill, introduced by Member of Parliament Rosie Cooper, would improve accessibility for deaf people and promote the use of BSL during public service announcements.…

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