American Sign Language (ASL) is spoken by many Deaf and hard of hearing people in the United States and Canada. It is a complete language with its own grammar and syntax. It is not merely pantomime nor is it English using the hands. It is not universal. Interpreters use American Sign Language and spoken English to communicate. Interpreting refers to the transfer of communication between languages, while maintaining each speaker’s intent.
Individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing use ASL in many situations where verbal language is difficult to understand such as lectures, theatrical shows and conferences.
American Sign Language Interpreters:
Above information excerpted from the website: DiscoverInterpreting.com
Those wishing to become Sign Language Interpreters are encouraged to pursue a two or four year college degree. Pennsylvania has three Interpreter Training Programs located at:
Please visit Discover Interpreting to find detailed information on becoming an American Sign Language Interpreter for the Deaf!