What does this mean for the language industry and practitioners inside corporations?
- Savvy language service providers (LSPs) will alert their clients and prospects of the obligations under Title VI, to help raise awareness and alleviate potential hefty fees related to investigations and penalties that may ensue if these language duties are ignored.
- The program is designed to help the economy recover, and the language services industry is in a good position to directly benefit. To determine which verticals and organizations will receive funding, suppliers should follow the money trail. And so should the freelancers.
- The federal attention to language issues coincides with other state and industry-specific language access issues that have taken place since the new president entered the White House.
Even with cutbacks in many commercial accounts, beneficiaries of recovery monies — both public and private — will not be able to slash language services from their budgets without costly consequences. Since most of these LSPs cannot find enough freelancers inside the US, it looks like we may get a piece of the cake, or at least sizable crumbs. I would suggest that freelancers stop being shy and start looking for direct clients, too. After all, middlemen in recession are not always a persona grata.