Interpreters only need to know two things:
- Sign Language; and,
- Everything Else.
Interpreters only need to know two things:
This is so hard for me to write. I am sure for many it will be hard to read.
A few days ago I sent out a post about going in for surgery and asked for your support. That surgery was supposed to be today.
It did not happen.
On Tuesday morning my oldest son took his own life with a gun.
I have asked myself why this beautiful, bright, shining star-just a few days from boot camp with the Marines and expecting a baby in December would act out in such a horrible and permanent way.
Unfortunately I know the answer. He had the only things needed for such a tragedy to occur, a temper, an argument and a gun.
This was not a planned act. It was a reaction to rage that he cannot take back, causing a result I cannot change no matter how much I beg.
The next few weeks will be awful for my family and I. It is my hope and prayer that our lives will gradually become less awful, but I have no hope that this tear in my heart will ever heal, so I am looking for “less awful” because I have no way to imagine what feeling better looks like.
I will continue to post on this blog. It will not happen again this week. But I need this, and you. I need you more than ever. I need to work and think and love what I do because that is the only path I see that may lead to “less awful.”
Know that I love you all. Please love one another for me and specifically love someone you love very much but may have struggled to connect with recently. Because love is so much more important than any differences that separate you.
My deepest love for you all,
Things Uncle Dale may have done that you probably should not (on-going):
Not ten seconds on the scene…
Police Officer: We’re just going to arrest them all and let them sort it out at the station. I don’t think we need you to interpret any of this.
UD: I don’t think you need arrest any of these people, but in the end we are both destined to disappoint the other.
Police Officer: (stern look) *blink* *blink*
UD: Where are my Clients?
Dear VRI Interpreter:
Watch your sight-lines or clean your room!
The Client should not know it’s Monday because that pair of “day of the week” panties is missing from the clothes strewn about the room behind you.
Thank you Jared Allebest
In the epic Stephen King “Gunslinger” series there is a concept called Ka. It is the guidance force that moves us toward our purpose in life. Fate? Destiny? Maybe both, on steroids.
There is a saying in the universe of the Gunslinger, “Ka is a wheel.” It always rolls back around to a new beginning.
I started this blog in March of 2017 as I was confined to my bed following abdominal surgery. It was kind of a rehabilitation exercise and a way to keep my sanity when it hurt to move my body.
On Thursday, this coming week I go under the knife again, this time for my sinuses. The doctor has been honest with me in that I can expect the first couple of days to be a three ring circus of pain. But my life should be greatly improved shortly thereafter.
For a few days I will look like I talked about fight club.
Ka is a wheel.
Just to give you an idea, this is a normal sinus:
And this is mine:
Not good to say the least!
The whole point of this post is to let you all know The Rules may go silent for a couple of days.
Don’t think I’ve abandoned you.
Keep me in your thoughts.
And send me suggestions for Rules because, to be honest I’m keeping a brave face (no pun intended) but I’m nervous. And when the surgery is done I’m not sure how witty or clever I will be feeling. So I’m asking to borrow some of your wit and wisdom.
We all know you have it! You’ve been pondering Rules of your own.
Someone may even get a tee-shirt out of it!
Agency: Will you take an appointment at a nudist resort?
Me: Is it Deaf/Blind interpreting?
There was a question posed on social media today by a woman who is Deaf. The very short version of the story involved being stopped by Customs and Border Patrol as they returned from Canada. During the encounter they requested that the Agent communicate in writing.
The Agent refused to do so.
The Agent gave verbal commands to the Deaf couple that they did not understand and as the encounter progressed the Agent became more agitated and the Deaf couple more fearful. The power differential is obvious and the turmoil nationally gave them reason to be anxious.
When this woman who is Deaf posted her story she relied heavily on references to Title II of the ADA. I suggested she may wish to frame this under Section 504 as well.
She asked me to explain why I suggested Section 504, as she understood it to be an education law.
I find that Rule 11 applies equally to the Deaf Community as well. This past week I presented a workshop at NAD/RID Region I that covers this very topic (just a side note. I gave an “hour and a half” version of a day long workshop where I physically walk attendees through federal laws like each is its own foreign country, with its own customs and language.
I will post a description of the workshop at the end.
I have submitted this workshop to several regional RID conferences but sadly no takers. NAD attendees and State Associations who have asked me to present it rave about it; its the clearest way to understand how the ADA, Section 504, IDEA and the ACA are similar and how each is markedly DIFFERENT. Anyway…)
I have been asked to post my answer to the question “why 504” on the Rules Blog so more people can see it.
Here is my answer:
“I can’t give you legal advice because I don’t have half enough facts. I am just giving a general idea of the differences and similarities between federal laws so you understand why you may want to look at Section 504 when framing the issue with these facts.
Customs/Border Patrol/ICE/Homeland Security are Federal Executive agencies which is one of the two entities 504 was designed to obligate (the other being any entity or business that accepts federal funds) so it seems 504 would be uniquely applicable.
I would still suggest including Title II in any discussion of a possible complaint you have with an attorney. Title II is good because it requires the agency to give “primary consideration” to the request made by the Deaf person (in this case writing). Understand that because Title II requires “primary consideration” when Section 504 overlaps with Title II, then Section 504 cannot be interpreted to provide less protection than Title II-so it would also require “Primary Consideration.”
However, Title II may have complications in enforcement. The more remote possible issue comes from a case called Tennessee v. Lane (and another case out of Georgia) that seem to indicate that there may be a requirement that you prove a Constitutional violation in order to enforce Title II. As this argument stems from an 11th Amendment conflict it may only be a problem if the State Police, not the Feds as it was according to the facts you laid out, were involved. But with the Federal Courts, including the Supreme Court, almost daily becoming more conservative and less responsive to the rights of individuals it is easy to imagine a Federal Agency making an argument for a more expansive application of the requirement or at least favoring the need for a Constitutional violation; from the brief description you gave I don’t see a Constitutional violation in your case.
Again, the courts have never said you MUST include a Constitutional violation, they have just said that they supported decisions in favor of the person with the disability “because” there was a Constitutional violation. One way or another it’s a possible extra fight you would not need.
The protections of Section 504 are equal in almost every respect to Title II in that Section 504 cannot be interpreted to provide less protection than Title II. In places where Section 504 is not equal to Title II there is an argument that it is better.
504 applies to all Executive Branch agencies and any entity accepting federal funds. As it must be interpreted in equity with (and sometimes better than) the ADA it covers the same ground as Title II but does not have the same possibility of needing to show a Constitutional violation (again the requirement for a Constitutional violation, if it exists at all, likely only applies to actions against States… but better safe than sorry as it were).
The second problem for a Title II action is one of wording and interpretation. Title II says that persons with disabilities are to be given equal access to the “programs, benefits and services” offered by government agencies.
Is the border patrol a benefit to you?
Is being searched a program?
Was searching you a service?
There is case law that goes both ways.
But 504 says:
(a) No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States, as defined in section 705(20), shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance or under any program or activity conducted by any Executive agency or by the United States Postal Service (emphasis added).
Applying the facts as you stated them you have a strong case that you were “subjected to discrimination” under the “activity” of Border Patrol conducting a search.
Again. This is not legal advice, just an observation. Talk to a lawyer in your area.
Hope that helps.
(My recent NAD workshop:
Federal Laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (504) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act are complex and confusing. It is vital for both deaf people and interpreters to understand the differences and similarities between, and even within, these laws. It is also vital to know the authorities through which each was passed in order to know which law applies to any specific situation, how a complaint is filed, what is and is not evidence of a violation and what remedies may be available if a violation is proven. There are so many differences it can be hard to keep it all straight! This workshop is presented as a “tour” of the laws as if each was its own country. “Uncle Dale Tours” lays each out like a map of a foreign land and the participants walk through each, see the sights and landmarks unique to each as well as their shared heritage. Each are issued a passport with certain knowledge points needed to earn a “visa” to the next law. It is equally fun and beneficial for the interpreter and community member. [0.125 PS])
It’s too hot! If my last client was just a mirage do I still get paid a two hour minimum?