American Sign Language (ASL) is a complex and sophisticated visual language spoken by people who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing and family members such as children of deaf parents but is not universal. American Sign Language has been identified as an official language in most Universities and ASL is very different from English—it is a complete language with its own grammatical structure. ASL is the native language for most Deaf speakers that attended the school for the Deaf and it takes years of training for hearing people to learn. ASL is considered to be an oral language that is passed down through the native speakers and is protected by the community at large.
To become fluent in ASL it can take many years of education, affiliating with the ASL Deaf Community and continuing education. It is a life-long commitment for interpreters and not just anyone can achieve Certified ASL Interpreter status. ASL Interpreters are required to pass strict training courses at accredited Universities and Colleges to be considered for testing and certification. “The tests assess language, interpretation and communications skills as well as knowledge, judgment and decision-making skills on issues of ethics, culture and professionalism” (RID Registry of Interpreters). There are over 20 different types specialized certifications from deaf-blind interpreting, legal and medical.
Stellar Communication is here to help you figure out how to obtain the right interpreter and to make sure you are getting interpreters that are trained and excel in qualifications and certifications for the job they are taking. All interpreters are expected to adhere to set of standards and ethics regarding confidentiality and conduct of professionalism. Stellar can also assist you in making sure these ethical standards are being followed and practiced by the interpreters at all times.
Onsite and or VRI We can do both onsite and remote sign language services for you depending on what you request. If you choose to have an onsite interpreter we will find a local interpreter within the area that will show up onsite for your request. For Video Remote Services VRI high speed internet is preferable but not necessary as long as a hot spot or other form of wifi can be used. In some cases plug in devises portable wifi can be ordered. Your viewer equipment consists of computer, laptop or tablet with webcam and audio equipment such as microphones may be ordered if needed for improved sound quality. The interpreter will be viewed on a web conferencing platform such as ZOOM video conferencing software.