Why you should join ASLIA
By Julie Judd
My name is Julie Judd and I am a practicing Auslan/English Conference level interpreter, with over 30 years of experience in the field of interpreting. I hold a Bachelor of Education (LOTE – Auslan) from LaTrobe University and a Masters degree in Auslan/English Interpreting from Macquarie University.
Currently, I hold the position of Interim Chairperson for the ASLIA National Executive Committee as well as the position of President at ASLIA Victoria. In addition, I have served on the national and the state branch executive committees throughout my career.
I am committed to enhancing the quality of interpreting provision and providing quality educational opportunities in both the linguistic realm and the ‘soft skills’ required by Auslan/English and Deaf interpreter practitioners.
So why did I join ASLIA (Australian Sign Language Interpreters Association)?
Firstly, ASLIA is a non-profit body and is the national peak organisation representing the needs and interests of Auslan/English interpreters and Deaf Interpreters. This is something I am very passionate about. ASLIA is led by practitioners for practitioners.
Secondly, Auslan-English and Deaf interpreters work in very much the same way as spoken language interpreters do. There are a number of areas where Auslan-English interpreting work does differ to that of our spoken language colleagues working in Australia.
These differences include:
- Practicalities in positioning the interpreter
- The domains in which interpreting occurs
- Consideration of the Deaf client’s language use
- Team interpreting
My passion is to ensure training and ongoing learning opportunities that encompass the complexity of our work as practitioners.
ASLIA supports this by encouraging professional development and networking opportunities across the sector, and this is why I have been an involved member, to promote the profession and ongoing training, ensuring practitioners are kept abreast of the needs of our clientele.
Finally, my reasons for membership of ASLIA is due to their vision of:
- Strengthening the position of ASLIA as the peak body representing Auslan/English interpreting in Australia
- Providing a professional framework for Auslan/English interpreting
- Promoting best practice in Auslan/English interpreting
Further to this, ASLIA is committed to ensuring that ongoing professional development opportunities are available to interpreters and work closely with state ASLIA associations to ensure the needs of the industry are represented nationally.
I am a proud member of ASLIA, and encourage all Auslan/English and Deaf interpreters to become active members. ASLIA membership supports practitioners by providing a range of benefits that enhance our professional standards of service provision.
Membership means interpreters are supported and kept informed about research and training opportunities to ultimately enhance our practice.