American Sign Language Interpreting
What is American Sign Language?
American Sign Language (ASL) is a complete, complex language that employs signs made by moving the hands combined with facial expressions and postures of the body. It is the primary language of many North Americans who are deaf and is one of several communication options used by people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.
ASL originated in the early 19th century in the American School for the Deaf (ASD) in West Hartford, Connecticut, from a situation of language contact. Since then, ASL use has propagated widely via schools for the deaf and Deaf community organizations. Despite its wide use, no accurate count of ASL users has been taken, though reliable estimates for American ASL users range from 250,000 to 500,000 persons, including a number of children of deaf adults. ASL users face stigma due to beliefs in the superiority of oral language to sign language, compounded by the fact that ASL is often glossed in English due to the lack of a standard writing system.
Is sign language the same in other countries?
No one form of sign language is universal. Different sign languages are used in different countries or regions. For example, British Sign Language (BSL) is a different language from ASL, and Americans who know ASL may not understand BSL.
We can provide American Sign Language interpretation in various situations, such as:
- Business Meetings (Training, Interviews)
- Education (All levels)
- On-site Medical (Hospitals, Clinics, Therapy, Counseling)
- Local, State & Federal Agencies
- Social Services
- Legal (Judicial, Courtroom, EEOC Hearings)
- Conferences / Seminars
- Private Events
- Theatre Arts Productions
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