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ASL Remote Video Interpreting Services

Impacting an Industry | Introduction

When a drop of water falls into a pond, it ripples outwards – changing the water around it. In the interpreting industry – focused on providing equal access services for the Deaf, hard-of-hearing, and sign language users – there are many individuals and organizations that have had a profound impact on our industry, shaping policies, training service providers, making ripples and affecting change. With this new series, ‘Impacting an Industry’

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ASL video remote interpreting in Northern VA

How Teachers Can Help Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students

According to the CDC, hearing loss affects 14.9% of children in the United States. While hearing loss may vary from mild to severe, students who are Deaf and hard of hearing encounter unique challenges in classroom settings. However, with the proper accommodations, including ASL video remote interpreting, TypeWell, and CART services–provided by their Northern Virginia teachers, they can achieve academic success.  At HIS Sign, our ASL interpreters provide support for

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Types of Auxiliary Aids for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Auxiliary devices/services help Deaf and hard of hearing individuals with their everyday activities and interactions. But what qualifies as an auxiliary aid? And how do such things work? With these devices–including telephone handset amplifiers, Video Remote Interpreting, and more–Deaf individuals achieve greater independence. These aids help create a more equitable and inclusive society. For more ASL and Deaf community resources, reach out to HIS Sign Interpreting. We are an ASL

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How to Become an ASL Interpreter

Many students and practitioners of ASL decide to apply their skills by “going pro” and becoming ASL Translators and Interpreters. But this decision prompts an obvious question: how? The process has both “traditional” pathways and exceptional ones, and every Translator chooses one depending on their circumstances. Then, they must determine which type of interpreter they wish to be: staff, freelance, or contract. And where better to practice your trade than

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Marlee Matlin Oscars Speech

Marlee Matlin Oscars Speech Incident – Why It Matters

Broadcasted on April 25, the 2021 Academy Awards stood out for both good and bad reasons. Among these: the producers invited Deaf starlet Marlee Matlin to present two awards but botched her presentation and the recognition it entailed. As a provider of professional ASL Interpreters and Translators, we want to unpack this controversy and why it matters.   Built from a community of interpreters and based in Washington, DC, HIS

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8 Tips When Using an Interpreter

When possible, please provide the agency with agendas, presentations and any other materials prior to the appointment. Try to maintain good eye contact with the Deaf consumer as Deaf culture relies heavily on facial expressions and body language to support full communication. Usually it is best if you and the interpreter are within the sightline of the Deaf consumer. Work with the Deaf consumer and interpreter to determine the best

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