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Interpreter Certification

As we discussed in a recent post, The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) recently celebrated its 25th Anniversary. The primary function of the ADA is to ensure that individuals with disabilities have equal access to the rights and …

The Americans with Disabilities Act

Recently, a landmark law known as The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) celebrated the 25th anniversary of its passage. The ADA was truly a bi-partisan bill that was drafted and introduced by Iowa Senator Tom Harkin (D) then …

Tips For Communicating With Deaf People

One common misconception held by hearing people is that when someone says “I’m Deaf,” they are essentially saying that they have no interest in talking to you. This could not be further from the truth. Still, far too …

What Effective Interpreting Looks Like

In my thirty plus years of interpreting experience, I’ve encountered many people who have a skewed definition of what “effective” interpreting looks like. Often times they assume that the work of the interpreter is simply to sign word …

Another Unique Interpreting Assignment

Deaf Services Unlimited (DSU) Announces Partnership with Deaf Woman Attempting to Become First Deaf Person to Swim Anacapa Channel DSU is providing staff and interpreters for a momentous September 12th swim. We are so excited to start discussing our …

Deaf? Hard of Hearing? – What’s the Difference?

In William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Juliet famously pontificates… “What’s in a name?” What’s in a name?  Plenty!  Words and labels can have a profound effect on people. Did you know that the Greek philosopher Aristotle is credited …

Why It’s So Important To Have Specialized Interpreters

It’s estimated that there are roughly 6500 languages spoken in the world today. And as you know, each of those languages contains a unique set of nuances, subtleties, and word usages. The same is true as it pertains …

The Perkins Grant- A Little Known Funding Option

When it comes to removing barriers standing in the way of Deaf students pursuing post-secondary education at Hearing institutions including technical schools, an incredible amount of progress has been made. Over the past 50 years, the implementation of …

William Hoy: Creating New Signs for New Situations

The arrival of spring not only means warmer temperatures, blooming flowers, and longer daylight hours, it also signals the beginning of the baseball season. For more than a century, baseball has been considered the great American pastime.  Whether …