Full-Suite Support for American Sign Language

– On-Site Interpreting

– Video Remote Interpreting

– Virtual Interpreting

– Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Consultation

American Sign Language

American Sign Language interpreting is our specialty. Nobody else provides American Sign Language interpreting services the way we do.

As native American Sign Language users, we truly understand the importance of having reliable and high-quality American Sign Language interpreters.

Our American Sign Language interpreters are friendly, professional, reliable, and will bridge the communication gap. Request services or contact us to learn more!

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American Sign Language Services

Our American Sign Language interpreters are RID-certified and have passed our rigorous screening to ensure the highest standards. As native American Sign Language users, we truly understand the importance of having high-quality and reliable American Sign Language interpreters. Our American Sign Language interpreters will travel to the premises to facilitate the communication.

On-Site Interpreting is by far the most effective and comprehensive method of interpretation. This is a good way to ensure that your organization stays in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations.

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Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) is an excellent way to instantly remove the language barrier between American Sign Language users and you through a device with a camera. Simply open our Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) app and you will be instantly connected to a video remote American Sign Language interpreter, who will facilitate communication virtually and remotely.

We only provide video remote American Sign Language interpreters who are NIC-certified and have passed our rigorous screening process to ensure the highest standards.

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Built for telehealth and telework needs. Our American Sign Language interpreters are experienced with video conferencing platforms. Simply create a meeting link and send it to us and we will share it with the American Sign Language immediately, who will facilitate communication virtually and remotely through your preferred video conferencing platform.

Virtual Interpreting is a great way to minimize the number of people in a single room.

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We have in-house experts who are extensively knowledgeable with the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) regulations. Combined, our ADA consultations have decades of experience with providing consultation on a professional level.

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What is American Sign Language

American Sign Language (ASL) is a full-fledged, complicated, and natural language. ASL (American Sign Language) is a method of communicating thoughts and ideas through hand motions, gestures, and facial expressions, rather than oral sound.

For American Sign Language users, linguistic information is processed through the eyes instead of ears. Facial expressions and body movements, as well as the shape, positioning, and movement of the hands, all play a role in conveyance of information.

American Sign Language is predominantly used by Deaf and Hard of Hearing members in the United States, although numerous hearing people use the language as well. There is an estimated number of 350,000 – 500,000 American Sign Language users in the United States. (C: Gallaudet University)

Even though American Sign Language is used in America, it is a complete language with its own grammatical rules, sentence order, and structure, completely separate from English. It contains all the fundamental features a language needs to function.

Many people think there is a universal sign language, when in fact, there is no official form of sign language that is universal. Just like how spoken languages were developed, different countries and regions have their own sign languages. For example, there are notorious differences between British Sign Language (BSL) and American Sign Language (ASL). An American Sign Language user with zero knowledge of British Sign Language would not be able to comprehend a person signing in British Sign Language and vice versa. Additionally, just like other languages, American Sign Language is an active and living language that evolves over time with a set of regional dialects and slang.

The natural complexity and in-depth of American Sign Language makes ASL interpreters a crucial role in society. American Sign Language interpreting is arguably one of the most mentally intensive jobs. People often assume that you only need to know English and enough American Sign Language to be able to interpret effectively while forgetting that both languages have their own grammatical rules, sentence order, and structure that are thoroughly different from each other.

As an American Sign Language interpreter, it is required to be able to comprehend a piece of information formed in spoken English, convert the information into American Sign Language, and interpret the message in American Sign Language, all while listening and comprehend the next piece of information as the English speaker continues to talk. The same process is required for the other way around. American Sign Language interpreters essentially need to have two parts of the brains that operate independently from each other and yet rely on each other for information processing. This takes years and years of extensive training.

In shorter words, it is not realistic to rely on someone who had recently learned American Sign Language to be able to facilitate communication effectively and comprehensively. Creating an inclusive environment and staying in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations is done by utilizing professional American Sign Language interpreters. 

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