Videophone Number

cliff_small_headshotNews: For many years I have had a Polycom videophone sitting on my desk that I used to communicate with staff members and Deaf clientele. Unfortunately, a few years ago, the VRS providers made it DIFFICULT for me to use this device to contact Deaf Clients directly on their videophones. They made it more complicated/difficult to use IP Addresses and started using Phone Numbers exclusively. My videophone relies on IP addresses only!

I now have a COMPUTER solution that can employ the Phone Numbers and we can contact our Deaf clients directly. In turn, if you have a videophone provided by a VRS provider you can now call us directly on our VP! That new VP number is 858-333-5073. You may also leave a message at that number if we are not available to answer.

#deafstory

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Everyone’s life story matters and on Saturday September 26, 2015, from 9am-4pm NIS will be RECORDING DEAF STORIES at UNITY DAY in San Diego. (Lincoln High School)

Now is the time to reserve a spot for yourself or a Deaf friend or family member whose story you wish to archive! Those who participate will be given a digital copy of their interview, (recorded by a professional video production company) to use and archive as you/they wish along with a commemorative hoodie.

To sign up, visit www.networkinterpretingservice.com/deafstory-sign-up. Use the form on the page to tell us which 15 minute slot you prefer and your shirt (hoodie) size. Those who sign up after September 19th will miss out on the hoodie so sign up today!

How it works:

You do NOT need to come with a particular story in mind because a friend, family member, or one of us, will ASK YOU QUESTIONS to elicit a slice of your life story. If you would like us or your family member to ask you particular questions, then you can certainly suggest some in advance.

Here are a list of great questions found on storycorps.org that anyone can borrow.

If you have any questions please email us with the hashtag #deafstory in the subject line and we will be happy to answer.  You may also leave your question/comment below on this blog.

See you at Unity Day on September 26th!

A Shift in the San Diego Landscape

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Thirty days ago NIS announced a restructuring plan to our staff interpreters in San Diego. Word of this quickly spread to the Deaf and interpreting community, leading to some rumors and speculation. Well, today is that day of transition, and I would like to speak about these changes.

First of all, this was NOT an easy decision for me or the company. I prize our staff interpreters and have enjoyed, and hopefully will continue to enjoy, a heartfelt friendship and association with all of them. I like them no less than my own family. Some of those caught up in this restructuring have been with us for OVER 20 years! To not be considered their employer anymore, is, for me, the end of a dream, a dream that I could be, practically speaking, someone’s “lifetime” employer. (It is a good thing I am typing this because I would have to leave the room if I was trying to say this in front of a live audience right now) (The people here in Starbucks must think I’ve had the worst coffee ever!)

I’d like to also say that I’m not the boss of everything. Like the weather, there are some things that are out of my control. Business landscapes go through changes in the weather. Some weather is manageable, some weather requires restructuring afterwards. Usually, after restructuring, the building is stronger and more prepared for the next storm that might arise. I expect that to be the case here too. We’re not folding our tent. We plan to be around for years to come.

When it was announced that NIS planned to release ALL of their staff interpreters into the freelance marketplace in San Diego, some with an interest in this didn’t know what to make of it. They asked..”what does this mean?”. Well, in real terms, if you’re curious, this involved 8 interpreters. Some assume, because of name recognition, that it must mean far more interpreters than that. This is because MOST of the interpreters we work with are freelance interpreters. These 8 will now be joining, if they choose, the much larger group of freelance interpreters in the area. It is very likely that if you are a customer/client accustomed to receiving service from them, that you WILL see them again.  We value the many relationships we have in San Diego with you, our customers, clients, and contractors. That has not changed and will never change. We will continue to do our very best to be flexible and professional when meeting your scheduling needs.

I just returned from San Diego. I had been there for a week. I apologize to those I didn’t get to see or those friends and professional colleagues who did not know I was in town! In the weeks and months to come I will be in San Diego more frequently and hope to see and catch up with all of you. Next time I will announce my arrival through Facebook and Twitter and should have more time to visit.

Cliff Hanks
President
Network Interpreting Service Inc.

RID Special Election Results

The RID has announced the results of the recently held special election for the positions of Secretary and Deaf Member-at-Large on the RID Board of Directors.

Here are the results:

For Secretary:
*Daryl Crouse 1243 (49.3%)
Jonathan Webb 785 (31.1%)
Caroline Bass 493 (19.6%)

For Deaf Member-at-Large:
*Priscilla Moyers 1436 (57.0%)
Branton Stewart 1085 (43.0%)

The voting began on January 1, 2014, and ended at 11:59pm EST, January 31, 2014.

Here is their signed video announcement:

20 Years of Excellence

Liz Mendoza

When Liz Mendoza joined NIS 20 years ago I knew a superstar had landed in our small and growing company. She had then, and has now, an uncommon passion for excellence. She cares deeply about her work, personal growth, and those organizations and individuals she associates herself with. I feel very fortunate to have had her energy, exceptional ASL fluency, and fighting spirit on our team these many years. NIS would not be what it is today without her.

Today I salute my friend and colleague for everything she has accomplished, personally and professionally, over the last 20 years, both inside and outside of the company, and extend a sincere thanks, specifically, for everything she has contributed to NIS and the Deaf Community over that span of time.

It’s been a great ride Liz. Thank you!

Cliff Hanks
President, Network Interpreting Service Inc.