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To All Interpreters on National Interpreter Appreciation Day

American Sign Language(ASL) Interpreting is a profession like no other. Each day and each assignment is vastly different, offering the ability to learn and see things from a new perspective. This field attracts a certain type of individual …

Deaf History Month

Did you know that Deaf History Month is not a literal month such as January or February, but rather, it covers the period from March 13th to April 15th? The reason for this has to do with four …

How to choose an interpreting services provider

For many interpreting service providers, helping your business meet the minimum requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act represents the full extent of what they do. In other words, they believe their job is to keep your institution …

In medical situations, poor communication often leads to disaster

The statistics are staggering. According to the World Health Organization, the simple failure to follow doctor’s orders results in 125,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. The most common reason: Poor communication. Doctors misunderstand the symptoms their patients …

A special thank you…

This morning I flipped the calendar page to our anniversary date. Today’s date actually marks our 20th year in business. We didn’t want to let the occasion pass without telling our thousands of interpreters, business partners, customers, and Deaf …

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 …