Are You a Certified Medical Interpreter?

November 28, 2023

You’ve been asked to supply a certified translation.  What is that, and where do you start?  Different countries have different criteria for the creation of a certified translation.

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Equity, Dignity, Transformation

October 6, 2023

In our January 2023 newsletter, we talked about the values of Access Language Solutions: Purpose, Professionalism, and Preparedness. This month, we discuss what Access Language Solutions stands for.  There’s the old phrase, “if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything,” and that holds true in all facets of life, including business. In the non-profit world, there…

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Newly Qualified Medical Interpreters

September 29, 2023

Kentucky welcomed thirteen additional qualified medical interpreters in the month of September. Held at Global Lex in Lexington, KY, the Kentucky Interpreter & Translator Association, through trainer Nathalie Dietrich, Certified Medical Interpreter (Spanish), thirteen individuals with proven multilingual skills met for thirty-two hours over the course of two weekends. With lessons in basic interpreting skills,…

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Good Partners Make Strong Communities

August 16, 2023

Access Language Solutions (ALS) and Kentucky Refugee Ministries (KRM) are natural partners. ALS enhances the mission of KRM by providing much-needed language support for their resettlement services. ALS has recently deepened this partnership so that Afghani refugees can obtain entry-level interpreter certificates. Through the professional interpreter/translator association and education arm of ALS, Kentucky Interpreter &…

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Good Partners Make Strong Communities

July 31, 2023

Access Language Solutions is pleased to announce a new partnership with our fellow non-profit, the Marafiki Center. Marafiki means “friends” in Swahili. The Marafiki Center, founded in 2019, exists to maintain the African culture and language of the many Swahili speakers that now call the Lexington, KY area home. Swahili is the second most spoken…

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Communication in Healthcare and Where It Can Go So Wrong

June 20, 2023

In January 1992, I was on an overnight train traveling from Madrid to Seville, Spain. I was living in Madrid at the time, teaching English at an after-school academy. I had been invited along to a weekend trip with friends, and that wasn’t something I would say no to. Sometime after, we settled down to…

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The Truth About Spoken Language Interpreting

May 26, 2023

I’ve been lucky. I went from being a Spanish teacher to coordinating language services in a hospital to being the Executive Director of a non-profit language provider agency that I founded 6 years ago. I have rarely needed to rely strictly on interpreting to make a living. Although I understand the desire to as it…

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Annual Report 2022

May 11, 2023

Director’s Statement In 2022, our fifth full year of existence, we knocked it out of the park. There are so many good works happening behind the scenes, and we aren’t always good at tooting our own horns. For those who understand how essential language access is and to those we have yet to convince, here…

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“Just An Interpreter”

November 29, 2022

Have you ever heard yourself utter these words during an assignment? “Oh, I’m just the interpreter.” It’s a strange juxtaposition to be arguably the most crucial person in the room and, at the same time, one who attempts to be nearly invisible in support of the provider-client relationship. If we do our job correctly, our…

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The Future of KITA

October 4, 2022

Access Language Solutions and the Kentucky Interpreter and Translator Association (KITA) have a long history of working together. Both nonprofits’ missions are similar, and the founder of ALS is a founding member and former president of KITA. As of August 17 this year, KITA has been dissolved as a nonprofit organization. ALS has absorbed KITA,…

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