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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How accessibility benefits everyone

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In a TED talk, designer Elise Roy shares how ‘design thinking’ helps to solve problems. Design thinking is a process that includes defining particular problems, observing people in real-life situations while empathizing with them, and then working to solve those problems. Roy explains how her experience as a Deaf person helped her to be a […]

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ASL Interpreting Career Spotlight: Educational Interpreting

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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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The importance of the Americans with Disabilities Act for sign language interpreters

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American Sign Language interpreters and others who work with Deaf and hard of hearing people need to know the legal protections and rights of the people with whom they are working. That way they know when there is a violation of not only the law, but also an individuals’ understanding of important information. The Americans […]

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Uber partners with Deaf organization to create more jobs for the Deaf community

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Over 72 percent of Deaf and hard of hearing people are unemployed or underemployed according to Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD), an international not-for-profit organization devoted to elevating the quality of life for people who are Deaf, Deaf-blind, or hard of hearing, Chief executive of CSD, Chris Soukup, labeled the Deaf unemployment situation a […]

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Meet the ASL Interpreting online program at William Woods University

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In 2012, the national certifying body for sign language interpreters, the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf required that to sit for the certification from that date forward, applicants must hold a four-year degree. While over 100 institutions offered two-year degrees in ASL interpreting at the time, only a few dozen offered bachelor’s degrees. This […]

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Stretching Boundaries: ASL Literature Course Spotlight

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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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ASL career spotlight: Deaf advocacy – Part 2

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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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