ASL Rush by Jeremy Lee Stone


Jeremy Lee Stone says he is not sure what to call this genre. I would offer the word “Quantum” as a possible choice. It’s a discrete quantity of energy proportional in magnitude to the frequency of the radiation it represents.

We’re looking forward to more Quantum ASL Poetry.

Q-ASL-P

Moving to Video


In light of the COVID-19 several customers are preparing to move their meetings and classes to video.  This is no problem!   If you are a customer who would like to consult with us about this, please reach out.   Likewise, if you are an interpreter who is uncertain about your equipment and video setup at home, and wish to talk with us about it, please email or text us.   We, like a lot of people, have years of experience in this realm and would be happy to help.

Gridcheck Email Delays


Please be advised that email originating out of Gridcheck (which relies on SendGrid) is experiencing significant delays.

https://status.sendgrid.com/history

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Idaho RID Workshop / Application of Ethics / Trenton Marsh


Oct 25-26, 2019 is fast approaching!

Location options: Meridian (by video hook up) or face to face in Pocatello.

Between Friday evening and Saturday there is 1.0 CEU available.

Idaho Assoc of the Deaf Conf 2017 / Jerry Wilding


Gridcheck Login Problems / Use WWW.


Today Gridcheck.Com was giving everyone grief if the URL you went to for login did not include WWW.

This will continue to annoy us for another day or two. Once logged in, you don’t have think about it, but the initial login page needs to include the WWW.

https://www.gridcheck.com

If you have any questions please email, chat, or text us.

Thanks!

Check Envelope


For those vendors/interpreters whose invoices are paid by check, rather than EFT, it could be helpful to know what the outside of the envelope looks like, so it is not set aside as junk mail.  At a glance, it might appear to be one of those solicitations that come in the form of a check that you are invited to cash as a way of accepting their offer.

Here is what the check envelope currently looks like:

Sample Check Envelope Image

We have also had interpreters/vendors wonder where the remittance information is because the check does not come with an accompanying stub.  The remittance information is in the top left hand corner of the check and will indicate the invoice number(s) being paid.  It is printed in relatively small font.

Also in the top left corner of the check are the big bold words “Account Number: No Account Number”.   This means that we, NIS, do not have an account number assigned to us by YOU, from your system.  If this check were paying the electric bill, instead of your invoice, our account number with the electric company would appear there.

 

 

Phones back in business


Well, it only took almost the entire business day but our phones seem to be reaching live people again now and not just our voice mails. Thank you for your patience and for contacting us through other channels today.

Phones Down


6:46 PM, 10/29/17:

We are aware our phones are down. The VOIP provider we use is working to correct their system-wide problem. We are in the same boat with a lot of other companies at the moment. As alternatives to a phone call you may reach us by email, text, or live-chat on our website. We are, coincidentally, in the process of switching our VOIP phone provider and that will be completed in approximately 2 or 3 more days.

Please click on the “Contact” link at the top of the page to find our email address and text number.

A Conversation with Deaf Youth


At the Idaho Association of the Deaf Conference that Cliff and I attended a few weeks ago I had a chance to talk with Deaf youth about interpreters and interpreting services. Part of our conversation was focused on them identifying characteristics of both ideal and problematic interpreters. I thought their insight was valuable, interesting, and worth sharing:

The Ideal Interpreter:

  • Remains very engaged in the process with the Deaf person
  • Works with the student to develop appropriate signs for the class
  • Willing to be a friend
  • Signs clearly
  • Is willing to adjust and accommodate requests and needs
  • Shares knowledge of other sign languages
  • Has good ASL skills
  • Asks the teacher questions if the information is not understood to ensure an effective interpretation
  • Is friendly

The Problematic Interpreter:

  • Does not maintain eye contact while interpreting
  • Stops interpreting abruptly without a clear reason
  • Shows up late resulting in the Deaf student being unable to understand what’s going on and participate
  • Signs too fast so that the information is incomprehensible
  • Does not acknowledge my efforts to communicate my needs
  • Does not know the subject matter
  • Gets distracted by other stuff while interpreting
  • “Too SEE”
  • Does not receive feedback well
  • Defends self when getting feedback, “Well I learned that way!”
  • Knowing ASL is not enough- need to be able to interpret

There are some key themes that emerged in their descriptions of ideal and problematic interpreters. Good interpreters, according to the Deaf youth of Idaho, are the ones who have linguistic fluency in ASL as well as interpreting competency. They are constantly engaged in the interpreting process and interaction with the Deaf students to ensure needs are met. Positive rapport is a key value for those Deaf youth. Extralinguistic knowledge is essential. One student commented on the importance of having an interpreter who knows and understands Chemistry.

The Deaf youth in the discussion vary in how much they use interpreting services. Some attend the school for the Deaf without needing interpreting services. Some are mainstreamed full-time. However, they all agreed on what makes an interpreter ideal. Their insights are in line with things I have heard from Deaf adults over the years. What can you do, as an interpreter, to incorporate the wisdom of those Deaf youth in your practice?

Feel free to comment below and visit our posting about adult deaf consumers finding their voice. 

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