OCID – The Overwhelmed Conference Interpreter Disorder (a satirical article NOT to be taken seriously)

Sometimes you just gotta let off a little steam! Whether you are a conference interpreter or a medical interpreter, a court interpreter or a community interpreter, you will enjoy this hilarious article by Roberta Barroca, a Brazilian Portuguese conference interpreter. If you suffer from OCID, I hope you aren’t too far along on the spectrum! 😂

Re-posted with Roberta’s permission from her blog at https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/ocid-overwhelmed-conference-interpreter-disorder-roberta-barroca?trk=prof-post

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Armando Ezquerra Hasbun: From the Andes to the Republican Convention

Cristina McDowell is at it again, interviewing very interesting and accomplished colleagues. Read on for an insightful view of a professional interpreter who is coming full circle and giving back to our profession.

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Happy New Year!

Dear Colleagues,

2016 was a challenging year in many ways, at home and abroad. It was a year where we realized that there are many voices that need to be heard. A year that posed challenges to our ability to embrace that which is different. A year that showed us that self reflection and internal work is vital to bringing about the possibility of tolerance.

Now that the year is coming to a close we have an opportunity to reflect, reorganize our priorities, set new goals and look ahead with hope for the future.

May 2017 bring all of you new dreams and a renewed sense of purpose.

The Interpreters Division Leadership Council Members

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Time to renew your ATA membership

It’s that time of the year!

Have you renewed your ATA membership? You should have received a reminder email; if not you can renew it online at https://www.atanet.org/membersonly/renewal.pl?memberid

As a reminder, here are some of the benefits ATA members have:

  • Business networking through ATA events, divisions, and member-exclusive LinkedIn group
  • Reduced ATA annual conference registration fees
  • The ATA Chronicle subscription
  • Listing online on the Directory of Translators and Interpreters
  • and many more!

ATA membership is more valuable than you think when you join one of the many specialties and language-specific divisions. Here are 8 smart reasons to join an ATA division.
If you are not a member of the Interpreters Division, why not join?

Don’t forget to check the VOTING MEMBER box and make your interpreter voice heard!


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Holiday Greetings

Dear Colleagues,

The Interpreters Division wishes you all a happy holiday season. May this time of the year fill your heart with gratitude for what you have and the people you love. May you find time to share with those less fortunate than you, and may 2017 bring much success to your interpreting careers.


All the best from the Interpreters Division Leadership Council Members

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A Christmas Poem for Interpreters

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This poem by Cindy Roat is just too good not to share with you again. It’s a delightful “interpreter” twist to Clement Clarke Moore’s classic that begins ’Twas the night before Christmas.
From all of us here at the ID Blog:
“Merry Christmas to all, whatever you speak!”

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ATA57 Recap

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We all have fond memories of our time at ATA57 in the beautiful city of San Francisco!
The weather cooperated, it was one of the best attended conferences and the Photo Booth at the Welcome Celebration was so much fun! Be sure to watch the video whether you were in attendance or not. It really captures the spirit of the conference…as we hope this recap by Farah Arjang does, especially for those of you who missed it!
You can be sure that next year’s conference, with Farah’s NCATA Chapter as the host, is guaranteed to be another hit! Hope to see you all there.

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Our fearless leader, Carol Velandia, is on an adventure pursuing her master’s degree in social work in India!

Read all about her rich experience trying to learn the multiple languages of the subcontinent, including the wonder and ongoing humility at having to be the one unable to make herself understood. It really made me think about those we routinely interpret for, truly putting myself in their shoes: those relying on us for meaningful language assistance… You go Carol!

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Annual Meeting Election Results

This year was an election year for Division’s officers. Election results were announced at the Interpreters Division Annual Meeting during ATA’s 57th Annual Conference held November 2-5, 2016, in San Francisco, California:

Division Administrator: Carol Velandia (elected for a second 2-year term)

Assistant Administrator: Lorena Ortiz-Schneider (elected for a 2-year term)

Thank you to all who participated in this process. We are especially grateful to the Nominating Committee, to the elected officers, to outgoing Assistant Administrator Marsel de Souza, and all Leadership Council members for doing a great job. Thank you also to all members who attended the Division’s annual meeting.

The next election will take place during ATA’s Annual Conference in 2018. In the meantime, don’t forget to join the Interpreters Division!

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Interpreting Certifications in the United States: A Comparison – Updated Nov. 18, 2016

Check out the updated version of the chart we posted last month, created by Helen Eby, of existing interpreter certifications.

You will note that two California interpreter certifications have been added: the Administrative Hearing and Medical. These are the oldest certification exams in the nation, given between the late ‘70’s and 2008, (just before the great economic downturn) and among the most rigorous ever. Passing rates were in the single to low double digits, the majority of those who sat successfully for these exams possessing a high level of education.

In California, state certified Administrative Hearing Interpreters are qualified for interpreting during medical examinations conducted for the purpose of determining compensation or monetary award. Administrative Hearings are settings in which beneficiaries are seeking such things as EDD, DMV, Social Security and Workers’ Compensation benefits.

Enjoy! And may you all have a very peaceful Thanksgiving!

Lorena Ortiz Schneider, Blog Editor

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