So you want to be an advocate? That’s great! Here’s even better news – you probably already have a lot of experience with advocacy. Have you ever explained to someone the appropriate use for an interpreter? Or maybe you’ve provided information to an organization or business unfamiliar with the benefits of employing certified interpreters. While these actions may not have resulted in legislation or policy, they’ve likely changed the way people think about and interact with professional interpreters. These instances of everyday advocacy are important to help educate people who are not aware of the professional standards for interpreters or the linguistic needs of the Deaf community.
When you think about situations like the ones mentioned above, what strategies did you use to accomplish your goals? Did you provide reasons for what you were asking? Did you research data and relevant laws or policies? What was your approach – were you aggressive or did you offer to work collaboratively for a solution?
The tactics you have used in your everyday advocacy are the same ones you’ll use to advocate for policy changes that will benefit you, other professional interpreters, and the Deaf community.
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