Volunteering in professional associations

I am running for office in NAJIT, the National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators. The elections page has the details. Why? I believe in professional associations. They are our point of reference, where stakeholders and professionals come together to answer questions about the profession. They represent the profession, and answer questions about standards, continuing [...]

By |2020-04-25T18:45:27-07:00April 25th, 2020|Helen Eby, Updates|

We are in this together: Gaucha COVID-19 discounts

As a partner in language access, Gaucha Translations has seen how the community is stretched in all directions. The lack of parking fees are stretching budgets for cities, the lack of ability to provide routine medical services is stretching the budgets of medical providers. During the COVID-19 crisis, Gaucha Translations is providing discounts on all [...]

By |2020-04-14T12:29:12-07:00April 14th, 2020|Freelancing, Updates|

Steps for language proficiency testing

Why would an interpreter or translator take language proficiency testing? Though these are not exactly translation tests, we can't interpret or translate what we do not understand or what we can't express accurately. These tests do not include the step of transferring meaning. However, they do cover issues of syntax, clear writing, and understanding the [...]

Making my own PPE masks

The CDC updated its guidance and has recommended that people make DIY cloth face coverings. This is the CDC guidance for cloth face coverings. These are the CDC instructions for making a simple face covering. On April 1, the NY Times had published instructions with a downloadable PDF on how to sew a face mask. [...]

By |2020-04-04T10:20:13-07:00April 4th, 2020|Updates|

Protective Personal Equipment (PPE) supplies

150 face masks 100 face shields Face masks, gloves, sanitizer, in bulk Face masks, gloves, sanitizer, in small amounts Personal protection equipment (PPE) for staying healthy through COVID-19 distancing. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) gave members of the Oregon Council for Health Care Interpreters these sources on April 1, 2020 Statement from the Joint Commission [...]

By |2020-04-02T21:18:05-07:00April 1st, 2020|Updates|

OHA COVID-19 update from April 1, 2020 public meeting

Today, April 1, 2020, I, Helen Eby, participated in a call with the Oregon Health Authority and community members regarding the current public health situation in Oregon. OHA shared some documents with members of the public for distribution. OHP and the novel coronavirus OHP y el nuevo coronavirus They invited people to support public health [...]

By |2020-04-01T15:46:07-07:00April 1st, 2020|Updates|