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I Am An Interpreter: Forging A Nationally Recognized Professional Identity

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In June 2011, leaders from community, conference, legal, medical, military and signed language interpreting created a template for action for our profession during the Professional Identity Workgroup …

In June 2011, leaders from community, conference, legal, medical, military and signed language interpreting created a template for action for our profession during the Professional Identity Workgroup Sessions, held at the 2nd North American Summit on Interpreting in Washington, DC. The sessions sought areas of consensus and recommendations for key issues facing the entire profession: 1) Professional Associations, 2) Education/Training, 3) Legal/Advocacy, 4) Certification /Credentialing, and 5) Technology, which were subsequently published in a publicly-available White Paper. This session covers the highlights from this call to action as well as other key developments and next steps resulting from the Summit.

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  • 1. I AM AN INTERPRETER:Forging A Nationally Recognized Professional Identity   Barry  S.  Olsen  &  Katharine  Allen   ATA  2011                                          Barry  S.  Olsen   Boston,  MA                                          Katharine  Allen  
  • 2. Raising  the  profile  of  interpre?ng  Our  mission  is  to  provide  a  na0onal  forum     for  the  interpre0ng  profession.     ATA  2011                                          Barry  S.  Olsen   Boston,  MA                                          Katharine  Allen  
  • 3. ATA  2011                                          Barry  S.  Olsen  Boston,  MA                                          Katharine  Allen  
  • 4. ATA  2011                                          Barry  S.  Olsen  Boston,  MA                                          Katharine  Allen  
  • 5. Workgroups  ATA  2011                                          Barry  S.  Olsen  Boston,  MA                                          Katharine  Allen  
  • 6. Interpre.ng:  Full  Speed  Ahead  Interpreters  Propel  the  Profession  Towards  Na.onal  Unity   Summary  and  Snapshots  of  Five  Professional  Iden7ty  Workgroup  Sessions   Held  at  InterpretAmerica’s  2nd  North  American  Summit  on  Interpre7ng   June  17-­‐18,  2011   By  Marjory  BancroK,  MA   ATA  2011                                          Barry  S.  Olsen   Boston,  MA                                          Katharine  Allen  
  • 7. • The  Interpre?ng  Marketplace  • White  Paper  on  Interpre?ng  ATA  2011                                          Barry  S.  Olsen  Boston,  MA                                          Katharine  Allen  
  • 8. Verba volant,Scripta manent. Spoken words fly away. Written words remain.   ATA  2011                                          Barry  S.  Olsen   Boston,  MA                                          Katharine  Allen  
  • 9. Professional  Iden?ty     Workgroups   Professional   Associa?ons  Technology   Cer?fica?on   Legal  &   Educa?on  &   Advocacy   Training   ATA  2011                                          Barry  S.  Olsen   Boston,  MA                                          Katharine  Allen  
  • 10. Loud and ClearThe  need  for  a  na0onal  umbrella  organiza0on  to  represent  interpreters   A  compelling  call  for  a  na0onal   generalist  interpreter  cer0fica0on   The  urgent  need  to  embrace   technology  and  support  interpreters   who  need  training  on  technology   ATA  2011                                          Barry  S.  Olsen   Boston,  MA                                          Katharine  Allen  
  • 11. Cer.fica.on  and  Creden.aling  Key  Findings  Consensus   Recommenda.ons   •   Cer.fica.on  should   •  1.  Establish  a  generalist   address  all  sectors.   exam  managed  by  a   na.onal  body  that   represents  only   interpreters.   •   Language   proficiency  tes.ng.   •  2.  Involve  all  sectors  in   should  be  required.   crea.ng  the  exam.   •  3.  Include  a  CEU   component.   •  Generalist   cer.fica.on  would   •  4.  Address  ethics,   precede,  but  not   standards,  modes,   replace,  specialized   knowledge  of    the  field.   specializa.on.   ATA  2011                                          Barry  S.  Olsen   Boston,  MA                                          Katharine  Allen  
  • 12. Professional  Associa.ons  Key  Findings  Consensus   Recommenda?ons   •   Though  many   •  1.  Interpre.ng   associa.ons  exist,   needs  a  na.onal   none  represents  all   associa.on   interests.   represen.ng  the   en.re  profession.   •  All  sectors  should  sit   at  the  planning   •  2.  Three  suggested   table.   courses  of  ac.on:   umbrella,  start  from   scratch,  or  morph   •   We  need  na.onal   exis.ng  associa.on.   ethics,  standards   and  resources.   •  3.  Create  an  online   directory  of   associa.ons.   ATA  2011                                          Barry  S.  Olsen   Boston,  MA                                          Katharine  Allen  
  • 13. Educa.on  and  Training  Key  Findings  Consensus   Recommenda?ons   •  Program  quality   •  1.  Survey  educa.on/ varies  widely.   training  providers.   •  A  na.onal   consor.um  is  needed   •  2.  Create  a  na.onal   to  oversee  program   consor.um  to   quality,  accredit   oversee  educa.on   programs  and   and  creden.aling.   establish  entry-­‐level   qualifica.ons,  skills,   •  3.  Build  an  online   and  educa.on.   training  directory.   •  4.  Explore  contents  of   a  common  base   ATA  2011                                          Barry  S.  Olsen   curriculum.     Boston,  MA                                          Katharine  Allen  
  • 14. Legal  and  Advocacy  Key  Findings  Consensus   Recommenda?ons   •  The  various  sectors   •  1.  Coordinated  PR   need  to  coordinate.   messaging  for  the   profession  na.onally   •   The  profession   and  in  each  sector.   should  engage  in   ac.ve,  concrete  PR   •  2.  Support  a  na.onal   strategies.     group  that  advocates   for  interpreters,  and   •   The  profession   engages  regularly   should  proac.vely   with  media.   manage  “bad  news.”   •  3.  Reach  out  to   media,  gov’t,  the   public  and   employers.   ATA  2011                                          Barry  S.  Olsen   Boston,  MA                                          Katharine  Allen  
  • 15. Technology  Key  Findings  Consensus   Recommenda.ons   •  Many  interpreters   •  1.  Have  interpreters   are  fearful  of   and  technology   technology.     developers  and   vendors  sit  at  the   •   Providers  need   same  table.   input  from   interpreters.   •  2.  Create  web   forums  for   •  Interpreters  need  to   interpreters  to  give   communicate  with   feedback  to   technology   providers.   providers.   •  3.  Put  tutorials  on   tech  websites  and   solicit  user   ATA  2011                                          Barry  S.  Olsen   feedback.   Boston,  MA                                          Katharine  Allen  
  • 16. “Interpreters  will  not  be  replaced  by   technology.   Interpreters  will  be  replaced  by  other   interpreters  who  use  technology.”  Bill  Wood,  Design  Specialists  Interpreta0on   ATA  2011                                          Barry  S.  Olsen   Boston,  MA                                          Katharine  Allen  
  • 17. ATA  2011                                          Barry  S.  Olsen  Boston,  MA                                          Katharine  Allen  
  • 18. ATA  2011                                          Barry  S.  Olsen  Boston,  MA                                          Katharine  Allen  
  • 19. • Track  1-­‐  Is  It  Time  for  a   Generalist  Interpreter   Cer.fica.on?  Roundtable  for   Professional  Associa?ons  and   Interpreter  Cer?fica?on   Organiza?ons   • Track  2  -­‐  Contempla?ng  a   Na.onal  Consor.um  for  SHAPING  THE   Interpreter  Trainers  and   Educators  FUTURE  OF   • Track  3  -­‐  Towards  a  Working  INTERPRETING   Technology  Partnership  for   the    Interpre?ng  Profession   • Track  4  -­‐  Crea?ng  Connec?ons   with  End  Users  of  Interpre.ng     Services:  From  LEPs  to  LSPs   • Track  5  -­‐  One  Profession,  One   Voice:  Marke.ng  the   Interpre.ng  Profession  to  the   Public   ATA  2011                                          Barry  S.  Olsen   Boston,  MA                                          Katharine  Allen  
  • 20. INTERPRETING   Legal  Community            Conference    Medical                                Military                  Sign  Language   ATA  2011                                          Barry  S.  Olsen   Boston,  MA                                          Katharine  Allen  
  • 21. ATA  2011                                          Barry  S.  Olsen  Boston,  MA                                          Katharine  Allen  
  • 22. Raising  the  profile  of  interpre?ng  www.interpretamerica.net  info@interpretamerica.net   ATA  2011                                          Barry  S.  Olsen   Boston,  MA                                          Katharine  Allen