I’ve heard it all. Hearing impaired, hard of hearing, deaf-mute, “people who use sign language,” deaf. There are so many terms flying around used to describe a person with deafness I don’t blame hearing people for being utterly confused as to which label to use. In my experience, the most common label I tend to…

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The world is buzzing with news of the “fake” sign language interpreter at the Mandela Memorial service, who awkwardly gestured for nearly four hours without producing any coherent information while world leaders gave speeches commemorating the death of Nelson Mandela. The Deaf community is outraged, demanding an explanation for this grossly-under qualified interpreter that denied…

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Is sign language universal? This is a question that is often answered falsely. Unfortunately, the vast majority of people unaffiliated with the Deaf community mistakenly assume that sign language is a universal language. However, nothing could be further from the truth. There are at least two hundred identified sign languages used across the world today,…

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National certification is essential to maintaining a qualified field of interpreters. Without national certification, the level of skill various ASL interpreters possess across the U.S. would not be standardized, and Deaf clients would be unsure of which level of certification to require for various jobs as they traveled from state to state. Interpreters themselves would…

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