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When dealing with the police, deaf people are at a major disadvantage –via The Convesation August 3, 2016

Posted by Louis F. Provenzano Jr. in Hearing impaired, Interpreters, Language News, Sign language.
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Are you receiving me? Matt Antonio

We all have occasions when we need to deal with the police. Perhaps your car has been stolen and you have to report it; or perhaps you have witnessed a mugging and you have been called to the police station to be interviewed and provide a witness statement. Or perhaps you have been accused of shoplifting and the security guard has detained you in the back room until the police arrive.

Interacting with the police can be stressful, regardless of whether you are a witness, a victim or a culprit. Most of us have one very useful advantage, however: we can hear. Anyone who is deaf and has dealt with the police may have found communication a major problem. Too often, the forces in the UK and elsewhere in Europe struggle to provide sign language interpreters at short notice or even to understand the needs of deaf people. It hampers their access to justice and needs to be addressed urgently.

The first thing to make clear is that we are talking about quite a substantial number of people. The European Union of the Deaf estimates there are approximately a million deaf sign language users in Europe. In the UK, there are estimated to be approximately 70,000 deaf people who use British Sign Language as their first or preferred language.

This is a linguistic and cultural minority group with its own accepted norms of behaviour. And most people probably don’t realise that deaf people use different sign languages in every country around the world. They identify one another on that basis in the same way that a British person might identify a German or Spaniard through the way they talk.

Interpreter rights

When it comes to the justice system as a whole, deaf people’s right to interpreters has increasingly been recognised – even if this is typically enshrined in disability discrimination law rather than laws to protect cultural minorities. But while there are now established systems for providing interpreters in courts and tribunals, and clear guidelines on booking them for police interviews and solicitor consultations in the UK and some other countries across Europe, researchers have repeatedly found that deaf people encounter barriers.

To read more of this article courtesy of The Conversation —>click here.


Deaf people encounter troubles with medical care –via Sacramento Bee July 11, 2016

Posted by Louis F. Provenzano Jr. in Hearing impaired, Language Legislation, Language News, Medical interpreters, Sign language.
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Ellen Thielman signs with interpreter Kylia Kirkpatrick while she pets Benjamin III, a 9-month-old yellow Labrador puppy being trained as an assistance dog at the Northwest regional training center and headquarters of Canine Companions for Independence in Santa Rosa, Calif., on Thursday, June 23, 2016. Thielman is frustrated by the lack of adequate interpreter services during her two recent hospital stays at Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento. None of her medical providers was fluent in sign language. Manny Crisostomo mcrisostomo@sacbee.com


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Some scribble hand-written notes to communicate with doctors, nurses

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Thousands of Afghan Interpreters Wait for Visas as Congress Squabbles –via US News & World Report July 9, 2016

Posted by Louis F. Provenzano Jr. in Interpreters, Language News, Uncategorized, World Affairs.
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The 14-step visa application process includes multiple interviews, recommendation letters and a multitude of forms and documents. Getty Images/EyeEm

The Special Immigrant Visa program faces a severe backlog – and possible closure.

Local startup breaking down language barriers in health care –via Albuquerque Business First July 8, 2016

Posted by Louis F. Provenzano Jr. in Language Access, Language Compliance, Language Industry, Language News, Over-the-phone Interpretation.
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A mandate in the Affordable Care Act that requires health care providers to provide translation services to patients with limited English language skills has proven to be an opportunity for one New Mexico business.

“We have a lot of human capital in this state when it comes to bilingual people,” said Cecilia Portal, director of Valley Community Interpreters. “The interpretive industry is recognizing this resource exists here.”

Valley Community Interpreters is a Las Cruces-based startup that trains locals in remote medical interpreting. The organization has a for-profit arm that trains health professionals in medical interpreting and a nonprofit arm that trains bilingual community members to be medical interpreters.

Portal said most health care providers are turning to remote interpreting services to fill the needs of their patients. In other words, providers have interpreters work over the phone, or through video calls, which means interpreters can be located anywhere in the country.

To read more of this article courtesy of Albuquerque Business First —> click here.

Delaware Court Sends Translation Firm Worth Nearly $1 Billion To Auction Block –via Forbes @transperfect June 24, 2016

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One of the world’s leading translation firms is a step closer to being forced on the market. On Monday a Delaware court approved a plan to sell New York-based TransPerfect, which could be worth nearly $1 billion, in an auction open to outside bidders.

The decision follows a two-year legal battle between the company’s co-CEOs, Liz Elting and Phil Shawe, ex-fiancés who founded the firm in a dorm room 24 years ago. In August 2015, Delaware Chancery Court Chancellor Andre Bouchard appointed a custodian to oversee the firm’s sale and serve as a third director, citing “irretrievable deadlocks” and “complete and utter dysfunction” between Elting and Shawe.

In Monday’s opinion, Bouchard gave the green light to the custodian’s plan to sell the company in a modified auction, which will allow bids from Elting and Shawe, who can seek outside partners, as well as from third parties. The custodian, Delaware attorney Robert Pincus, will have discretion over approving the bidders who can participate, selecting winners, implementing incentive plans for retaining key employees and nearly all other aspects of the auction.

To read more of this article courtesy of Forbes —>click here.


Delaware court orders TransPerfect sale –via Delaware Online June 24, 2016

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By: , The News Journal 10:36 a.m. EDT June 22, 2016

A Delaware judge has approved the sale of TransPerfect, a company at the center of an intense lobbying effort to change state law.

Andre Bouchard, chancellor with the Delaware Court of Chancery, ruled that selling the company through a modified auction was the best option because it will maximize TransPerfect’s value. He also held an auction would enable both of TransPerfect’s owners, along with interested third parties to compete for the business.

“Disallowing third-party bidders … would reduce competition in the sale of the company, contrary to the objective of maximizing stockholder value,” Bouchard wrote.

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Instagram to allow users to translate posts with button–via AP News June 23, 2016

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MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Instagram is aiming to increase interaction with users across the globe through a new translation button it plans to roll out in the next month.

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New York Today: Our Disappearing Languages — via NY Times June 22, 2016

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Ex’s TransPerfect feud may be heading to Supreme Court –via NY Post June 20, 2016

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A battle between bickering ex-lovers who run the world’s biggest privately owned translation company could go all the way to the nation’s highest court, one of the parties told The Post.

TransPerfect Global Inc. co-founder Philip Shawe said he’ll go to the top court unless his fight with co-founder and ex-fiancée Liz Elting can be resolved.

The two are awaiting a Delaware judge’s ruling on how their company will be divided and sold. The same judge, in August, ordered them to sell off the 4,000-employee international company in order to keep their battle from destroying it altogether.

Shawe has accused Elting of spiking his ankle with her pointy pumps and throwing a pitcher of water at him in a conference room; she, in turn, has accused him of crashing her Jamaica wedding and hiding under her bed during a business trip to Brazil.

To read more of this article courtesy of the NY Post —>click here.

Transperfect’s lovers’ spat could challenge Delaware law–via Delaware Online June 20, 2016

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A nasty feud between two former college sweethearts could transform Delaware’s incorporation franchise, which generates more than $1.3 billion in state revenue.

The debate centers around the Delaware Court of Chancery’s authority to order the sale of an independent company incorporated in the state. Opponents contend such power is anti-business and could drive companies to incorporate in other states competing with Delaware, including Nevada or Rhode Island.

To read more of this article courtesy of Delaware Online —> click here


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