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5 Keys to making the most of your ASL interpreting degree

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As you pursue your bachelors in interpretation studies, your professors and advisors will work with you to make sure you have all of the right experiences and study requirements for interpreter certification exams, but there is a lot you can do to get the most out of your time in school. It’s a time when resources […]

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March 7th, 2016

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The benefits of early visual language development for hearing children

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Students studying American Sign Language Studies can use their fluency in the language and understanding of Deaf culture virtually in any career, including one working with hearing children. The use of American Sign Language has proven to help hearing children in a number of ways, including proven benefits to speech and communication development, the numerous […]

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February 26th, 2016

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ASL Alumnus Spotlight: Harrison Jones, Part 2: Now

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In our last blog, Look into ASL spoke with William Woods University ASL interpreting alumnus Harrison Jones about his experience and advice for future bachelors in American Sign Language interpreting students. Jones is currently an interpreter specialist with Bridge Interpreting – MERIL. He provides interpreting services in a wide range of settings, including legal, medical, […]

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February 3rd, 2016

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ASL Alumnus Spotlight: Harrison Jones, Part 1: Then

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ASL Interpreting alumnus Harrison Jones found William Woods University through his sister — who fell in love with ASL after taking a few courses for a diversity requirement. Jones started as a legal studies major with an interpreting minor, in hopes to work as a lawyer who specialized in working with the Deaf, but quickly reversed […]

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January 27th, 2016

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How Social Work aids ASL Interpreters, and vice versa

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The combination of study in both social work and ASL, whether it’s a bachelors in Interpretation Studies or a Bachelor of Arts in American Sign Language Studies, brings substantial benefits that go two ways. Both American Sign Language Interpreters can use social work skills in their interpreting, and licensed social workers can use American Sign […]

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January 13th, 2016

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Optimistic outlook for ASL interpreter job growth

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The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 11 percent growth in total for all occupations between 2012 and 2022. For the interpreters and translators sector of occupations, however, the projected occupation growth is much greater: 46 percent! In 2012, the number of interpreter and translator occupations was 63,600. This projected number is predicted to be […]

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May 6th, 2015

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ASL Interpreting by video: a growing field

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Federal civil rights laws require effective communication to be provided to people who are deaf or hard of hearing. But when an interpreter is not immediately available, companies, hospitals, mental health settings, schools, police stations, courthouses and many more can turn to video relay service interpreting (VRS) and video remote interpreting (VRI) services and providers. […]

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March 13th, 2015

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Part of a Series on American Sign Language Interpreters: Performing Arts Interpreting

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Chicago-based interpreting service and instruction group Deaf Communication by Innovation puts it well: good performing arts “interpreters do not simply translate words into sign.  They have the expertise to share with a Deaf audience the subtleties of a variety of works from Shakespeare to contemporary and from musical to comedy.” Performance interpreting can apply to […]

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January 22nd, 2015

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Part of a Series on American Sign Language Interpreters: Healthcare Interpreting

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Communicating effectively between a patient who is deaf and their healthcare provider is essential, considering the serious risks that may occur if the accuracy of information is compromised; a misdiagnosis, misunderstanding of a treatment regimen or another miscommunication has serious implications. This is why certified interpreters are an important part of a healthcare team. The […]

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January 8th, 2015

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Part of a Series on American Sign Language Interpreters: Legal Interpreting

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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires the use of qualified interpreters in any court and legal setting. American Sign Language legal interpreters need to be highly skilled and trained specialists, considering the serious consequences in the event of a failed communication. As a result, the demand for interpreters in the legal world is higher […]

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December 29th, 2014

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