It is a common misconception that raising your voice will make a Deaf person able to hear you. Shouting does not make communication any clearer. Also assuming that a Deaf person can read your lips is wrong; reading lips is extremely difficult. Certain sounds look the same on your mouth, for example “B” and “P”….

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Deaf Interpreters

When many people think of sign language interpreters, they often have an image of hearing interpreters signing and voicing for their clients. But there is a slowly growing group of Deaf interpreters joining the field. Deaf interpreters are an amazing addition to an interpreting team because they understand the Deaf culture and can expand and…

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ASL Bicentennial

This Saturday marks the anniversary of a huge event that took place in Deaf history. April 15, 1817 was the opening of the first permanent school for the Deaf in the United States of America and the beginning stages toward the creation of American Sign Language. Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet met Dr. Mason Cogswell and wanted…

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The Futility Illusion

Interpreters may sometimes experience situations that bring them face to face with a difficult choice. It is important to not allow the futility illusion to guide you through your interpreting practice. Futility Illusion: If I don’t take this job, someone else less qualified will. Interpreters should only accept jobs that they feel prepared and qualified…

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          Many people might consider the job of an American Sign Language Interpreter and think “Oh, I could do that!” However, have you considered all that goes into this career path? ASL – English Interpretation is definitely not a textbook profession. What is it that makes a successful and mindful Interpreter?…

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