I Don't Have to Interpret for Meanies

Sometimes I have to remember to take care of myself and not interpret for people, organizations, or situations that I consider abusive.

If I think a certain company is scamming people, then I don’t have to interpret for that company. If a certain client is abusive to me and/or everyone s/he communicates with, then I don’t have to interpret for that person. If I am so disturbed by what I am interpreting that I don’t feel I can remain impartial and interpret faithfully, then I have an ethical duty to abstain from interpreting.

Most important — for the preservation of my own mental health — I have the right to refuse to interpret for anything or anyone that I conscienciously object to. And I will exercise that right!

Author: Daniel Greene

I facilitate communication between Deaf and hearing people, and I teach people American Sign Language (ASL) and interpreting. Apart from doing the work I love, my greatest joys are family & friends, entertainment, food, photography, and travel.

1 thought on “I Don't Have to Interpret for Meanies”

  1. I felt compelled to respond to this post as this is a subject I feel very strongly about. Just as you have the right to refuse to interpret for a business you believe is scamming people, so do we, the consumers, have the right to refuse to patronize those businesses whose code of ethics violates our own principles. Sometimes the best way to communicate with a business is to hit them in the wallet!

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