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AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE (ASL)

All ARCH's customers and clients who contracted through ARCH for a service would want to know that their service providers (ASL interpreters) are competent.  However, most of our customers and clients don't have the knowledge to evaluate the services provided by a sign language interpreter.  A sign language interpreter's main job function is to interpret American Sign Language (ASL) into another language, most commonly English.  In order for interpreters to interpret information accurately, they must learn to understand what they are hearing and seeing.  Qualifications for interpreters and translators may vary based on location and exact job responsibilities; however, most ASL interpretation jobs required a bachelor's degree.

Our ASL interpreting service is available in both face-to-face and video (VRI).  Sign-Language interpreters facilitate communication between people who are deaf or hard of hearing and people who can hear.  A Sign-Language Interpreter must be fluent in English and in ASL, which combines signing, finger spelling, and specific body language.  Most sign language interpreters either interpret, aiding communication between English and ASL, or transliterate, facilitating communication between English and contact-a form of signing that uses a more English language-based word order.  

Some interpreters specialize in oral interpreting for people who are deaf or hard of hearing and lip-read instead of sign.  Other specialties include tactile signing, which is interpreting for people who are blind as well as deaf by making manual signs into their hands, using cued speech, and signing exact English.

Our ASL interpreting composed of individual interpreter assignment, team, or partners.  To find out what setting is required for your assignment, contact our office for further information. 

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