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Seven Questions: Jarren Kinch

Today the Seven Questions spotlight is on Jarren Kinch. Jarren lives in Bothell, Washington, and works north of Seattle as a self-employed independent contractor. He is both a TypeWell Transcriber and an ASL interpreter! 

In this series, we interview transcribers and coordinators who are part of the TypeWell community — each with the same seven questions.

A common misconception is that I am either the Deaf student's helper, a teacher's assistant, a student, or a volunteer. I'm not! This is my career!

1) If you had to describe your job to someone with no knowledge of TypeWell in 30 seconds or less, what would you say? 

I'm both a transcriber and interpreter, so I facilitate communication for Deaf individuals by signing and/or typing what is being spoken and happening around them that they can't hear. I work primarily in college and technical settings, but also in medical, legal, or any other times when a Deaf person and hearing people need to communicate with each other! When I'm transcribing, I have a laptop with abbreviation software that allows me to type at a much faster rate so that I can transcribe all the meaning of what is being said without having to type word-for-word.

2) What did you study in college, or what were your favorite subjects in school? 

I have two degrees: a 2-year ASL interpreting degree, and my bachelors in General Studies: Humanities (what was formerly called a general liberal arts degree). I love the study of languages in general, and English, communication, and philosophy were my focus.

Kakuro Puzzle 
Kakuro Puzzle

3) What do you believe are the most important skills or traits for a TypeWell transcriber to have?

Important traits for a transcriber are professionalism (punctuality, confidentiality, appearance, etc.), strong people skills, and a love of language.

4) How many languages do you speak and what are they?

I am fluent in English and ASL, and I know some Spanish from high school.

5) If you could change anything about your work, what would it be? 

I would love to do more TypeWell work. I do not do much transcribing currently, as there is not much demand in my area, and working remotely hasn't been feasible. Unfortunately, there are also not a lot of providers in my area, because there is not a lot of demand, so even when there starts to be some interest in providing TypeWell somewhere local, there aren't any other transcribers to team with! It's a bit of a catch-22!

6) What is one misconception people have about you?

A common misconception is that I am either the Deaf student's helper, a teacher's assistant, a student, or a volunteer. I'm not! This is my career!

7) What's the weirdest thing we might find on your desk?

I'm pretty tame — I usually have a book of Kakuro puzzles with me (similar to Sudoku, but most people haven't heard of it before).

Thank you Jarren, it was great to meet you! Here's hoping you get more TypeWell work soon and some more people to team with you. Who else is looking up what Kakuro puzzles are? 

photo credit (kakuro puzzle) ukslim via photopin cc

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edited by Rochelle Barlow

Rochelle has been a TypeWell transcriber since late 2005. She is also a blogger, writer, and a homeschooling mother of five. If she's not surrounded by children, you might find her hiding in closet to sneak a bite of chocolate or a moment of quiet.

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