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Your Guide to the Current Legislative and Regulatory Happenings in the Interpreting Profession

Julie Anne Schafer, RID HQ Director of Public Policy and AdvocacyDirector’s Corner

Wow! Thank you for your amazing response to the first edition of In the Hopper! The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, and I appreciate all of you who took the time to reach out and connect with the Government Affairs Program (GAP). This publication will only be as strong as our collaboration, and I am continually inspired by your passion and engagement.

While we are on the subject of collaboration, I want to emphasize the importance of coalition building no matter what your policy objectives are. You can see excellent examples of this in Florida, South Carolina, Arkansas, and so many other states where our affiliate chapter and the state Deaf association are uniting under shared values and goals. Discussion around policy issues can, by its nature, be divisive. But we are able to accomplish so much more together. It reminds me of one of my favorite David Hume quotes, “It’s when we start working together that the real healing takes place…it’s when we start spilling our sweat, and not our blood.” If you are ready to start spilling some sweat and would like to be more involved with advocacy and the GAP, please let me know. I’d love to have your support as we work to advance the profession and fulfill our mission – excellence in interpreting.

As always, feedback, suggestions, and questions are welcome at govtaffairs@rid.org.

Looking forward to our continued dialogue and to everything we will accomplish together.

Julie Anne Schafer
Director of Public Policy and Advocacy

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