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FROM THE PRESIDENT
TED R. WOZNIAK
president@atanet.org

Helping Members
through Difficult
Times

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s I write this, we're about two
months into the coronavirus
pandemic in the United States.
According to at least one model,
the situation is showing signs of
improvement, but will not approach
normal until the beginning of June.
Whatever the timeline, I have faith that
we will persevere and survive this crisis.
The economic impact of the pandemic
has affected all our members. Many
conference interpreters have seen their
business shut down entirely. Many other
interpreters have also seen a severe
reduction in their work volume, while
the assignments that remain are switching
over to remote interpreting. Our
interpreter members are thus grappling
with reduced volume and having to
switch to new modes of providing their
services. The impact on translators has
been more varied. While some have
reported a massive decline in work,
others have not yet seen a change, while
still others have reported an increase in
projects related to the coronavirus.
However you may have been impacted
by this crisis, ATA is here to help.
The volunteers on the Professional
Development Committee and the staff
at ATA Headquarters have been working
feverishly to create new webinars on
remote interpreting to help interpreters
make the switch to this mode of
providing their services. ATA is providing
these webinars, as well as the ATA58
virtual conference free of charge to help
members get continuing education points
and make the best use of any downtime
caused by the pandemic. (Go to
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Speaking of Headquarters, I would like to
take this opportunity to thank the entire
staff for their hard work and dedication
during this crisis. They are the people who
make these webinars and other offerings
available to you, who are constantly
updating the website with announcements
and news that you need during this
critical time, or answering your emails and
phone calls, all while dealing with their
own personal challenges caused by the
pandemic. And even though the entire
staff is working remotely, which brings its
own set of challenges, not only are they
successfully meeting the normal day-to-day
work requirements, they're also meeting
the additional requirements imposed on
them by the pandemic while continuing
their work on two very major projects.

However you may have been
impacted by this crisis, ATA is
here to help.

The ATA website redesign-a massive
project involving every single ATA
committee and division and covering
thousands of webpages-is now in its
final stages. We hope to have a launch
date within the next several weeks.
At the same time, the staff has also been
putting in a massive effort on the new
Association Management Software (AMS)
system. This AMS software will replace
our current database with state-of-the-art
technology that will increase efficiency in
many work processes while improving
communication with members. This project
is even more extensive than the website
revamp as it involves every single work
procedure and process at Headquarters.
So, I would encourage you to take
a moment to send a brief email to
ata@atanet.org saying thanks to Walter,
Roshan, Mary, Kirk, Caron, Jamie, Cathy,
Adrian, Jeff, Trish, and Teresa.

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