American Sign Language users share personal experiences in honor of National ASL Day

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In a speech last fall in Columbia, Missouri at the University of Missouri’s Celebrate Ability Week, Deaf activist, actor and model Nyle DiMarco ended with a piece of advice: Embrace yourself, he said. It’s this kind of celebration and embracing of Deaf culture for which National ASL day was created. Held on April 15 every […]

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Tips for new interpreters: the job search

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With spring break in the rear-view mirror, ASL Interpreting seniors make their final move toward employment as full-time interpreters. It is always a good idea for beginning interpreters to ask themselves a few questions before they even begin their job search process: “What kind of hours do I want to work?” “What are my long-term […]

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True Confidence for New Interpreters

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There is always new ground to cover in American Sign Language interpreting, and new interpreters — no matter how practiced or knowledgeable or sharp — can only gain experience from time in the field. Thankfully, experienced interpreters can pass on ideas and personal experiences to help new interpreters gain confidence, and understand certain situations. For […]

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Infographic: The steps to becoming an ASL interpreter

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In a previous Look Into ASL Studies article, we covered how to become an ASL interpreter, mentioning that no person’s journey to becoming an interpreter looks the same, but they all include patience, persistence, dedication, professional training, and practice. We’ve put a few steps in the process into an infographic below. But remember, meeting with […]

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5 Ways ASL Interpreters Flourish

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Over the course of their four years of study, William Woods bachelor’s degree students of ASL interpreting dive into every angle of what it takes to become a great American Sign Language interpreter. Here are a few things that make American Sign Language Interpreters exceptional: 1. They are always learning. In an article for Street […]

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Great ASL resources for kids

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According to the American Society for Deaf Children, “Research consistently demonstrates that fluency in American Sign Language and English… offers all deaf children optimal opportunities for academic and social success, and thus both should be part of their language-rich and fully accessible environment.” Access to educational opportunities equal to those provided for hearing children is […]

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5 Fun Ways to practice ASL interpreting

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The only way to learn a new language to fluency is through a lot of hours of practice and immersion. Most people studying ASL Interpreting find communication with ASL to already be pretty fun, but returning to the same practice methods can often leave you in a rut. With ASL, the more you can grow […]

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What kind of ASL interpreter do I want to be?

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There are a few routes American Sign Language interpreters can take to earn their livings, three of which are described by the Registry of Interpreters of the Deaf: Agency, Freelance, and Contracted. You may work as an agency interpreter, which means you are employed by an agency that provides you job assignments. Sometimes interpreters work […]

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How do I become an American Sign Language Interpreter?

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No origin story of an American Sign Language interpreter looks the same. You may have grown up with a Deaf member in your family. Or perhaps you got a taste of the language — whether in a class, at a concert, presentation or anywhere else — and knew that is what you wanted to do […]

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Accessibility and Technology: What it means for Deaf and ASL users

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In a previous post, Look into ASL Studies highlighted the Americans with Disabilities Act and how it affects American Sign Language Interpreters and others working closely to the Deaf community. Another piece of the ADA includes standards for websites as well. More and more people in the web design world are looking deeper into what […]

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