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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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May 5th, 2017

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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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March 6th, 2017

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Infographic: The steps to becoming an ASL interpreter

William Woods ASL

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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January 13th, 2017

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5 Fun Ways to practice ASL interpreting

William Woods ASL

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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December 1st, 2016

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What kind of ASL interpreter do I want to be?

William Woods ASL

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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September 14th, 2016

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How do I become an American Sign Language Interpreter?

William Woods ASL

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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September 7th, 2016

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ASL Interpreting Career Spotlight: Educational Interpreting

William Woods ASL

A child’s understanding in the classroom is fundamental to his or her success. For Deaf and hard of hearing students attending a school with mostly hearing students, American Sign Language interpreters make the difference. Pepnet 2 — a federally funded project aimed at increasing the education, career and lifetime choices available to Deaf or hard […]

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July 12th, 2016

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Stretching Boundaries: ASL Literature Course Spotlight

William Woods ASL

At William Woods University, bachelors in American Sign Language Interpretation and ASL Studies students take various courses that build breadth and depth of knowledge about Deaf culture and the various artistic expressions that have come out of the Deaf Community. William Woods University ASL Instructor Becky Davis developed the course ASL430: ASL Literature and has […]

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May 25th, 2016

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ASL career spotlight: Deaf advocacy – Part 2

William Woods ASL

According to the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD), 80 percent of the world’s 70 million Deaf people do not have access to education. Less than two percent of Deaf children have access to learning sign language, with the most limited access in developing countries. “The rights of Deaf people are often overlooked, especially in […]

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April 21st, 2016

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ASL career spotlight: Deaf advocacy – Part 1

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When you study ASL and Deaf culture, you learn to understand an exceptional community, one you inherently become an advocate for — no matter what career you choose. But there are various advocacy organizations and causes students of sign may become especially passionate about — ones that they may pursue as careers. In addition to ASL coursework, […]

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March 30th, 2016

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