Tax credits available

DSU will assist you in getting reimbursed the maximum amount for your provision of interpreting services. You will be assured of clear and effective communication, delivery of quality customer services to your Deaf consumers, and be in compliance with state and federal mandates on accessibility requirements. We can help your business or organization pay virtually nothing for interpreting services. To find out more about this reimbursement opportunity, call us at (800) 930-2580.

Tips on using ASL Interpreters

Imagine you are planning to give a presentation and you have just learned that there will be persons who are Deaf in your audience. Here are a few tips to assist you in making the best use of a professional that will serve as an extension to you and your presentation.

What to Expect

  • Positioning: The interpreters will┬áposition themselves prior to the beginning of the presentation. This position will take into account easy transition visibility between the interpreter and presenter, lighting, and multi-media presentations.
  • Interpretation: The interpreter will use sign language to interpret all that is heard or communicated. Likewise, he/she will use spoken English when a person who is Deaf is communicating through sign language. At no time is the interpreter joining the discussion.
  • The Interpreting Team: To reduce the risk of repetitive motion injuries, programs lasting over an hour sometimes require two interpreters in order to present the best possible interpretation of the program. The interpreters will switch from primary interpreter to supporting interpreter every 20-30 minutes.
  • Throughout the presentation you may notice the interpreter continuing to interpret even after you have paused. Also the interpreter may not begin signing right away at the exact time you begin speaking. This is normal. This allows processing time crucial to provide an accurate interpretation.