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2019-05-17. ATA’s Board of Directors recently approved the following mission statement: “ATA’s mission is to promote the recognition of professional translators and interpreters, to facilitate communication among its members, to establish standards of competence and ethics, to provide its members with professional development opportunities, and to advocate on behalf of the profession.” The statement, which draws from Article II of ATA’s Bylaws, offers members and the public a quick snapshot of both the vision and the function of the Association.

2019-04-26. The Interpreters Division distinguished speaker for ATA 60th Annual Conference is Ms. Odilia Romero, General Binational Coordinator of the Binational Front of Indigenous Organizations. Her talk will cover the history of indigenous migration to the US and the struggle for recognition of indigenous people’s rights.

2019-04-23. ATA President wrote the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts to request the creation of a public directory of federally-certified interpreters that all in need of interpreting can access.

2019-04-23. Upholding the standards is crucial for the provision of professional interpreters especially in courts. ATA President wrote the Texas House Judiciary in opposition of a proposal to lower interpreter passing scores on oral exam. 

2019-04-04. The ATA Board will meet in Alexandria, Virginia, and all ATA members are welcome to attend the meeting. Listen to an ATA podcast for a behind-the-scenes look at an ATA Board meeting | Meet the members of the ATA Board of Directors.



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Written Translation in Healthcare Interpreting Appointments

Written Translation in Healthcare Interpreting Appointments

By Helen Eby, Tina Peña, Rita Weil

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Finally, a well thought out paper that is sure to start a conversation changing the narrative around whether interpreters should also pay attention to developing (or honing) written …

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The First Interpreter Connections: It’s a Hit!

The first ATA Interpreter Connections, the Interpreters Division’s (ID) new way to get interpreters together, took place at The Union Social Eatery (St. Clair) restaurant in Toronto, Canada on March 23, 2019. The event lasted two hours and had 22 attendees, attracted through posts on our social media outlets.   ID Leadership Council member Flávia …

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Members Feedback for Upcoming ATA Board of Directors Meeting in Alexandria, VA

Dear members of the Interpreters Division in and around Alexandria, VA:

The Board is set to meet on April 13-14 in Alexandria, VA. All ATA members are welcome to attend the meeting! Here is what interpreter and Board member Melinda Gonzalez-Hibner wanted us to share with you: 

The ATA Board will meet next weekend in Alexandria, …

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What a Speaker’s PowerPoint Won’t Tell—And the Interpreter Needs to Find Out

The more skillful and/or experienced a speaker, the more likely the content of his talk will be in his head rather than on his slide deck. Some speakers will stuff each of their slides with text and simply read them out to the audience, and if the interpreters are able to get hold …

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Interpreting: On-Site or Remote? A User Perspective

As we participate in the discussion about the value of different modes of delivery for interpreting services, the Interpreters Division (ID) is approaching stakeholders for their input regarding how they work with interpreters. Helen Eby, the ID Administrator, spoke with Stick Crosby, the Network and Health Equity Manager of …

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Maha El-Metwally shares touching tribute to the three UN interpreters who were among the 157 passengers and crew who died on board Ethiopian Airlines flight 302, last Sunday.

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Insights into Deaf Culture

By Justin Lee

FROM THE EDITOR Justin Lee’s journey into Deaf culture upbringing and ASL. He shows cultural and language differences between ASL and English. To understand them, ask and smile.Roxane KingATA ID Blog Content Editor

Flashing lights, hugs from strangers, pounding on tables, and more await those coming into the Deaf Cultural world. After …

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Proposals for the 60th ATA Annual Conference due March 1, 2019

By Helen Eby

ATA speakers bring a broad variety of topics and perspectives to the conference. This is what makes it interesting! Copresenting is an option. It provides you with colleagues to discuss things all the way through the preparation phase.

Now, if you want that coveted speaker ribbon, it is time to …

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Mobile Interpreting Technology

By Maha El-Metwally

We all watched President Donald Trump being greeted in Spanish by the Argentinian President Mauricio Macri at the G20 Summit. Mr. Trump then tossing the mobile interpreting system on the floor while commenting that he understood him in Spanish better than …

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Interpreting in WA public schools

Do you have experience lobbying for meaningful language access? How about dealing with government entities? Here is your chance to help the State of Washington’s public schools develop a program geared towards providing interpreters in K-12 settings. Find out more about what you can do to advocate for our profession:

It appears that …

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