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Inhibitor Two: Denial of Marketplace Realities Because the work to implement innovation is difficult, agency owners and operators sometimes deny the existence of changing marketplace realities. Tips for Innovating Value The good news is implementing innovative solutions successfully can be learned. In the End Agencies who overcome the tangles of implementing innovations will successfully survive—even thrive. Brandon Arthur Brandon Arthur is a lover of life and considers himself very fortunate. He is the Founder of Street Leverage and is a passionate social entrepreneur within the field of sign language interpreting.
Brandon is a nationally certified interpreter and has worked on both the practicing and business sides of the field for the past 20 years. He earned a B.
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Vote Up 0 Vote Down. Sarah Schiffeler. Shelly Hansen. The most basic is the opportunity to negotiate and work on contracting concerns as a group. Contract issues can be brought up to non-profit boards and agency staff individually by independent contractors, but approaching as an pool of dedicated interpreter working towards professionalism is rejected. Brandon Arthur. Shelly, Thanks for participating. Sarah, Thanks for your question. Humor me a moment as I frame up my answer. As you likely gathered from my piece, I am suggesting that the benefits historically, and currently in many cases, offered by agencies i.
In my mind this is due to two primary reasons, 1 The widespread availability of affordable infrastructure solutions and tools for small businesses. Bill Moody. Where savvy interpreters voting with their feet is not a quick fix: when certain big spoken language agencies, that are encroaching on community agencies with more contact with the signing community, have EXCLUSIVE government contracts with big consumers like hospitals and courts… When a city or state hospital system, for example, suddenly awards their exclusive contract to a new agency that underbid, and interpreters will be paid much less, we interpreters can give up those assignments, but the hospital will certainly find less qualified interpreters to fill them.
And the new exclusive contract may be for several years. Bill, Thanks for your comment here. The landscape of players attempting to meet the demand for sign language interpreters certainly is diverse, and spoken language agencies do have a foothold in filling this need. As a profession, we should be asking ourselves an important question, why is it that with companies dedicated to the provision of sign language interpreting services in most markets across America do hospitals and large entities engage spoken language agencies to fill their sign language interpreting need?
I would suggest there are a couple of primary reasons. Aaron Brace. They have no knowledge of our field or the Deaf community, and have gotten as much business as they have by underbidding on multiple contracts and filling the jobs with interpreters who are not much in demand by the traditional sign language agencies.
Aaron, Thanks for your follow-up comment here. Jon Barad. This is a great blog. Nice food for thought! Jon, Thanks for joining the discussion.
Meg Klein. Thanks, Brandon! What I am longing for and have yet to experience is an agency that treats each incoming job with the mind of an interpreter.
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Aaron et al, Can we consider the the agency realizing their limitations, taking a smaller cut of their substantial overhead and paying us more to do our due diligence as independent contractors? Give the independent contractors the job contact info and let us take it from there. After all, we are the ones who really know what info is necessary to get to the job and be as prepared as possible for it. There is far too much dependence on agencies.
Aaron, Thanks for participating. My apologies for the delay in responding to your comment. Regarding the perks, please see my response to Sarah above. When we would have attrition in our scheduling group, I would be anxious for months and months. They are the heartbeat of any agency. Dwight Godwin. I always like the comments section of these pieces just as much as the subject itself.
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For more in-depth descriptions, see the chapter and its bibliography referenced below. Introductions: This refers not only to the introduction between the individuals who require the presence of an interpreter, but also the introduction of the interpreter. In this segment, the introduction of the interpreter happened prior to filming. For a resource with this feature, see Dr. Turn taking and Overlap: In a natural interaction, speakers have to establish the right to take a turn and negotiate giving the floor to others.