American Sign Language Interpreters

Written by Linda Alexander
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American Sign Language interpreters bridge the gap between those who are deaf or hard of hearing, and those who can hear. They are often employed at events with deaf people in the audience, such as conferences or theatrical productions. Interpreters are objective mediators whose job is to facilitate communication.

If you are looking for American Sign Language interpreters, you can start by checking with any local organizations for the deaf. Very often, they will be able to refer you to an interpreter agency. Or, you can look in the yellow pages under "translators." ASL might be one of the languages they translate.

Function of American Sign Language Interpreters

American Sign Language interpreters are neither advisors nor caretakers. Their job is simply to translate so that deaf and non-deaf people can communicate clearly. They are bound by a code of ethics and will keep the interpreted information confidential.

If you need the services of an interpreter, no information is too much. In fact, the more information you can give the interpreter ahead of time, the better. For example, if you hire someone for a conference or speech, providing the interpreter with written material ahead of time will allow him or her to become familiar with your material and make a smoother presentation.


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