Stellar provides communication access by coordinating your captioning services and Sign Language Interpreters remotely and onsite for individuals with hearing loss to follow speech in real time. We handle the coordination of selecting the most appropriate interpreters and/or providers with certifications and specific qualifications to match the deaf or hard of hearing individuals communication requests and preferences. We then set up the remote services with URL and remote streaming services through various servers. Our providers use specialized software connected to their computer and microphones to listen to audio that needs to be translated and then type the speech-to-text over a URL for instant reading. This enables the individual with hearing loss to follow speech in real time as it is being spoken. We make sure organizations are getting the appropriate services they are requesting, handle all of the scheduling, and provide technical support to deliver uninterrupted and stress-free transmission and delivery of either visual Sign Language Interpreting or Speech-to-Text Real Time Captioning.
Because of my own experience as a consumer, I understand communication needs can vary and be a sensitive topic. I understand the importance of having a good team, a well fitted match for the consumers and a workable situation for clients. If we are unable to provide services you need we will help you find a great agency that can! Not only that but we will consult with you in what to look for when selecting agencies.
Carla Ring, founder
My values are in mind/body/soul, work, service through education and family not in any order. I strongly believe before we can help others we must help ourselves. This has shown to be true as a deaf/hard of hearing woman where dependence is all too tempting. Access is the number one way to independence. True maturity and professionalism comes from knowing how to create the life you want and creating services others need while never giving up on perfection. I have a lifetime experience juggling both worlds and bridging the gap between the deaf world and the hearing world. I have lived in both worlds of sound and silence and carried a bilingual spoken English and Sign Language identity. I never let deafness stop me from being who or what I wanted and I always found ways to break barriers in my life. By navigating between English and ASL the bridge comes when I'm able to utilize all of my understanding about barriers and create bridges to gap my own communication needs.
I became legally deaf at the age of 7 with base sounds residual hearing in one ear but maintained most of my speech through music and practicing. I learned Sign Language at 11 years of age which not only helped me with academics but my English got better as well as my speech. By 2018 technology is good enough for me to use the phone but I still maintain a deaf identity. I prefer to speak and use both captioning services and Sign Language Interpreters.
One of my favorite memories is when I was in 6th grade and my family attended a vendor event for hearing devices in the 1980's. I recall a new thing called a "caption decoder" came out and my parents bought one for me so I could watch Saturday morning cartoons with my sisters. The experience was pure joy for me to be able to watch t.v with my family and understand. Not only was captioning a life changer but I would practice my new signs in the mirror pretending I was talking to myself as a child and I recall just being absolutely in love with my language and learning to speak Sign Language was a lot like Harry Potter arriving at Hogwarts! I was only 11 but I knew I was right where I was supposed to be.
After high school, about 20 years ago I put myself through college, and went to Gallaudet University for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Washington, DC in 1999-2003 and again 2005-2006 for 3 years, studying early childhood education, deafness and psychology. I then went on to study a few more years at the University of New Mexico in Psychology/ Anthropology with Sign Language Interpreters.
My love for working in the interpreting world really began when I moved to Washington State in 2013. I worked for several different Sign Language Interpreting and CART/TypeWell Transcription Captioning agencies before going into business for myself. After about 5 years I ultimately decided it was time to launch Stellar Communication an agency that not only focuses on the well being of our clients by providing Stellar services but focuses on our providers by creating financial, mentoring and other programs to encourage professional development. As your service provider I look forward to making sure you receive the same level of services I would expect for myself.