Signs2go Wants to Know
Today a phone call came in to one of our vendors. The caller claimed that they were with a warrant processing center and that a payday loan (that had been paid in full) had the final payment missing and was therefore in default. The caller then began to terrify our vendor with threats of jail/prison time for "check fraud" via payday loan default. Our vendor was told that she had until 5pm to get a moneygram with the amount owed plus fees for default and fees for the warrant status and wire it to the collectors. This is a fraudulent situation. I think they have already gotten someone else in my family with the idea that a payday loan payment was missed and jail time was soon to follow. The call today came in from a toll free number 855-345-6112. We called the District Attorney's office to verify whether or not a warrant existed. There was not one. This scam was reported to the District Attorney's office, who in turn advised us to report this type of identity fraud/theft to the Federal Trade Commission. If you receive a similar call, CALL THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE BEFORE YOU MAKE A PAYMENT! Watch for the above number...DON'T BE A VICTIM!
Trying to make sense of a loss, trying to comfort a friend during their time of loss is hard to do. It becomes even worse when distance causes a conflict and leaves one unable to attend the services to show support for the family.
We had originally searched the internet database from a national florist and had been disappointed with the choices, shocked by the prices, and the salesperson wanted to sell us a different arrangement at a higher cost. Add to this situation, the fact that the national florist called at the "11th hour" and said that the floral arrangement couldn't be filled and they didn't have anything comparable to replace the order... so we would have to order the more expensive flowers...Stress! I was upset and determined not to use the national florist.
In an effort to resolve the problem, I called the local florists in the distant city and was warmly welcomed by Debbie at:
Castro's Flower Shop
2101 Horne Rd Corpus Christi, TX 78416
Not only were they able to fill the order and deliver to the location on time (within a couple of hours of my panicked call), the arrangement that Debbie created was more beautiful than the original (messed up, last minute cancellation) order by the national florist. Debbie even went above and beyond and sent me a picture of the arrangement which was amazing. Her supportive attitude, her creativity, and her heart definitely shows in her beautiful floral creations. Her prices were below the national florist's and the quality above... Definitely a better choice!
We are a profession
built on the shared language of the Deaf Culture, a culture that values
reciprocity second only to the value they hold for their language. How
odd that the people who are earning their living based on the language
and culture of the Deaf struggle to accept one of the core values. We
need to perpetuate the ideas of language and reciprocity within our
profession in order to honor the values of those we serve. Following the
Code of Professional Conduct, we find the mandate to demonstrate
respect for colleagues and our outline for professional behavior. It is
Yet some interpreters are "territorial" when it comes to working with the newbies. The territorial issues are better than they used to be...at least here in this area, but the competitive edge for the client still exists. BUT:
If one uses the formula of U.S. population: 308 million in 2010 census X 8.5%= approximately 36 million Deaf and Hard of Hearing, with 26 million of those either fully dependent on sign or using sign for clarification of information (this is based on the rough equation used by Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services in Texas- which breaks down to about 6 million Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Texas. From that number, approximately 2.5 million depend on signs and approximately 1.5 million use sign for clarification in Texas alone!), or the FCC's and TDI's most recent estimate of 48 million Deaf and Hard of Hearing citizens in the U. S. alone who depend on captioning, or the main argument for captioning on the world wide web: is that the world population of Deaf and Hard of Hearing who require captions for potential internet access is estimated to be around 700 million by 2015. We just begin to grasp the magnitude of our profession.
Another factor to consider is that there are only approximately 18,000-20,000 certified interpreters nationwide (USA). That is interpreters who hold RID, NAD, NIC, Texas BEI, and State Quality Assurance certifications. Texas has roughly 1600 of these certified interpreters. The numbers definitely show that there are enough Deaf clients to go around.
Instead of being competitive/territorial/superior, we should be perpetuating the education of our future generations of interpreting service providers. We need to remember that it is not always the most educated, "superior" interpreter that is preferred by the Deaf community, but the one who has a Deaf heart and respect for the people and culture that we serve.
Those interpreters who are truly "superior" are those who think of others and think of providing service to future generations, sharing their knowledge and skills to benefit both the up and coming interpreter and the Deaf community of tomorrow. The Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex has been blessed with several of these superior interpreters.
We succeed and make our mark as individuals by leaving ourselves, our skills, our knowledge... on the hands and hearts of our trainees. I have been honored to work with a large group of interpreters here in Texas who place the next generation as priority for our future. That is the legacy I want to leave behind.
Signs2go Interpreting & Support Services, LLC is excited to offer services to the Arlington Texas area. We currently have 12 Interpreters ready to provide for your communication needs.
Signs2go Interpreting & Support Services, LLC currently has 12 interpreters ready to answer your call in Dallas and throughout Dallas County. Let us serve you!
D and G Quality Roofing did an excellent job replacing our roof several months ago. When bad weather struck on April 03, 2012 one of the owners called to make sure we were OK and that we didn't have any roofing problems caused by the weather. This was not a solicitation call... we are still under warranty... this was pure customer care at it's best. If you have a roofing need, D and G Quality Roofing gets a high recommendation from me. Check them out at: www.dandgquailtyroofing.com
It is a bit different sitting on this side of the desk... There are lots of different things involved in running a business. Thank God for my attorney, financial adviser, office manager, staff, Interpreters, my Deaf Community Advisers and my amazing husband!. This would not be possible without each one of you.
We are "breaking the rules" as far as agencies go... We charge our clients less and we pay our interpreters more. We are working on acquiring new contracts daily and hope to be in the top 5 out of 12 agencies in the D/FW area before the end of our first year.
Yes, sometimes things are slow. We didn't take our first assignment until September 6, 2011, but we are already approximately 2 years ahead of our business and financial plans.
We are not perfect...trial and error has bit me several times, but we are learning and growing fast. Most of our interpreters have many years of experience and we interact with each other to provide a supportive environment. We work as a TEAM here...everyone has something to offer to make this business grow and benefit the Deaf Community. The support and involvement of the Deaf Community is our best resource and potential for success. We are truly blessed!
We would love to have you join us!
Who would you like to have come present a workshop or what topic do you need presented?
I am always searching for sign language related clip art. I love pictures that people draw and incorporate signs. If you have something to share, let me know! Oh, I will collect all that you send, but will only post pictures appropriate for all ages.
I would like to welcome you to our company website! In addition to providing Interpreting services, workshops for Interpreter certification maintenance, Deaf Awareness Community Outreach/Training, basic communicative sign language classes, Deaf Studies Library access and Silent Socials, I also hope to be a provider of hard to find information, fun facts, culture and history of the Deaf Community.
I will attempt to build a site that gives the visitor access to a small peek of the Deaf World and Culture that has shaped my life. If you need something specific, let me know. I will try to help you find it!