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Re: “Walker admits mistake in hiring of interpreter

In order for her to do this job a CRC is required. We (interpreters) fought against taxpayers having to pay the bill for her interpreting degree; will we now pay for this degree?

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Posted by Cheryl Thomas on 08/31/2012 at 4:27 PM

Re: “State interpreter unqualified, report says

Dear Mr. Brantley;

Thank you for taking the time to address this matter. As a taxpayer, interpreter and user of interpreter services this is an extremely important issue to myself, my family, and my community.
I would like to further add some information that has been overlooked thus far.

John West has an MA in Deafness.
Ms. Sutphin has a BA in interpreting and is working towards her completion of a MA in interpreting.
Both of these interpreters were the top two candidates for the position and are well deserving to be so.
Mr. West and Ms. Sutphin are outstanding, ethical and extremely professional interpreters. Indeed, John was the first interpreter that my family hired to interpret for us in the state of Arkansas as we knew that our family would be treated with the utmost respect and we had no concerns as to whether or not our family members would be able to communicate. This was my husband’s military retirement and the event was especially important to us.

That being said, I fail to understand why myself, Ms. Sutphin, Mr. West and the other candidates have poured time and effort into our profession and the pursuit of higher education that has enabled us to achieve our professional goals, when apparently, according to this recent hiring fiasco, we could have studied basket weaving and received this position which represents the Hearing, Deaf, and interpreting communities across our state. Ms. Taylor states that she has a minor in American Sign Language from Pulaski Technical College. No such minor exists however students can study the language as an elective.

As per the PTC catalogue, you will note that a minor in Sign Language is not available (…

Indeed, the interpreters who teach the courses are all professional, certified interpreters who would attest to the inability of Ms. Taylor to perform the basic duties of a Sign Language Interpreter.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Again; I sincerely thank you for your time and attention to this matter.

Cheryl Thomas

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Posted by Cheryl Thomas on 06/27/2012 at 2:46 PM
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