Austin Area Translators & Interpreters Association

AATIA will offer an all-day workshop for court interpreters on July 18, 2015. Presenters will be the ever-popular Eta Trabing and AATIA’s own Tony Beckwith.The workshop will include the mandatory ethics component and will enable interpreters who are licensed by the Judicial Branch Certification Commission (JBCC) within the Office of Court Administration (OCA) to fulfill their entire continuing education requirement for the year.

Tony’s presentation will focus on the difficulties of translating and interpreting the underlying meaning in seemingly simple texts. The presentation will include hands-on exercises that will challenge participants’ ability to think beyond the literal and find creative ways to express themselves in another language. The exercises will be based on language-neutral texts so that all can participate regardless of their language pair.

Eta’s presentation will cover a mélange of items, including how to handle badly written texts or badly spoken language, the difficulties of dealing with different varieties/dialects of a language (e.g. variants of Spanish and Arabic spoken in different countries), adjectives with many meanings depending on context, and visualization exercises for translators and interpreters.

Details to follow, but meanwhile save the date!

Spread The Word

Professor Fritz Hensey has informed us of a bill that is being considered by the Texas Legislature. It is House Bill 288, sponsored by Rep. Canales, relating to providing certain legislative information on the Internet in Spanish. It reads simply: The home page of each house of the legislature that may be viewed by the public on the Internet must be made available in both English and Spanish. SECTION 2. This Act takes effect January 1, 2016.

There will be a hearing on this bill on Wednesday, March 11, at 2:00 at the Capitol in Room E1.04. Fritz Hensey will testify for the bill. If you would like to do the same, please contact Leslie Marin at 512-463-0426 or 956-616-2190. You may also express your support by simply signing the sign-in sheet at the hearing.

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  • Special Bonus Offer for AATIA Membership

    Professional photographer and AATIA member Marco Hanson ( will be at our Saturday meeting to take headshots of any members who would like one for their LinkedIn profile and other marketing materials. LinkedIn says that profiles with a photo are 14 times more likely to be viewed, and a quick review of your competitors will show some look very professional and some look like they don’t give their image a second thought. Especially if you’re an interpreter who interacts with clients face to face, you need a clear, bright, current photo that projects enthusiasm and confidence. Marco is volunteering his time, expertise and equipment, in exchange for a donation of any amount to the AATIA. (Non-members may also have their headshots taken at the normal price of $90.) You will receive photos of two poses by e-mail within a week, sized both for online posting and printing at full resolution. The session will begin at 4:00, directly after the meeting, and will last about five minutes per person. Please wear a simple, muted top and unobtrusive jewelry, so that the focus can be on your face. Black, white, red, and any complex print is not as good as a solid gray or pastel. If you’re uncomfortable in front of a camera, take heart! Marco will tell you just what to do to look your best, and once you see your new headshot you’ll wonder what took you so long to get one!

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  • February GM meeting

    The next AATIA general meeting will be Saturday, February 21, 1–4 pm (not Feb 14, since we didn’t want to compete with everyone’s Valentine’s plans) at the Best Western Plus Austin City Hotel located at 2200 S. I-H 35, Austin, 78704.

    There will be two speakers.

    Esther Diaz will provide an update on healthcare interpreting in Texas, including healthcare interpreter certification, and the latest recommendations by the Texas Advisory Committee on Qualifications for Healthcare Translators and Interpreters.

    Shannon Rashap, Biomechanics and Movement Specialist from Clear Point Wellness, will show us some stretches and postural tips to balance out prolonged hours of sitting. Be ready to move (bring a mat or towel if you think you may want to get on the floor and practice!) and come with questions if there is a place you feel fatigue or pain after work.

    Learn more about Shannon and Clear Point Wellness:

    And check out her YouTube channel for tips on how to be in your best body:

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  • The next AATIA general meeting will be Saturday, December 13,
    1 – 4 pm
    at the Best Western Plus Austin City Hotel located at
    2200 S. I-H 35, Austin, 78704.

    At the meeting a panel of translators and interpreters will discuss ethical principals and dilemmas they face. The panelists will include Esther Díaz, medical interpreter and trainer, Cristina Helmerichs, legal interpreter, Rose Tempfer, social services translator and interpreter, Marian Schwartz, literary translator, Steven Mines, translator and conference interpreter and Marc Adler, technical translator. Tony Beckwith will moderate the discussion and explore how the ethics of translation and interpretation overlap and diverge across these fields.

    There will also be sweets and beverages, networking time and announcements about translation and interpretation opportunities. We hope you can join us and help close out 2014!

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  • Welcome new AATIA Board of Directors

    Thank you AATIA Members for voting!

    AATIA is pleased to welcome our new Board of Directors for 2015!

    President: Rene Diaz
    Director of Membership: Chiara D. Brown
    Director of Finance: Veronica Flores
    Director of Communications: Marc Adler
    Director of Professional Development: Monika Spindel
    Secretary: Rose Tempfer

    Congratulations to all!

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  • Oct. 11 AATIA website launch and gift cards!

    Join us for the launch of the redesigned AATIA website at our next general meeting, this Saturday, October 11, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Best Western Plus Austin City Hotel located at 2200 S. I-H 35, Austin, 78704.

    The website designer, Eric Sanchez, from IT Solutions will give a tour of the new site and talk about some of the new features. We’ll have a Champaign toast to celebrate both the new site and last week’s International Translation Day. There will also be five $50 gift cards given out as door prizes.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    AATIA is one of the nation’s leading resources and advocates for the translation and interpretation community. Our mission: to serve AATIA members through education, networking, and promotion of translation and interpretation professions.

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