How CART Services Can Be Used in Education

A cornerstone of accessibility, Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) is a service in which captions of spoken content appear on nearby monitors or screens. Employing the right CART service provider provides heightened access to lectures, discussions, presentations, and more classroom activities by reducing barriers to learning for Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing students. Moreover, the improved accessibility and study resources these services offer can support the success of all students. Prince William,…

4 Benefits of Learning Sign Language

American Sign Language (ASL) is a rich, demonstrative language used by American Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (HOH) communities. Current research estimates that ASL is the third most common language in the United States. Yet Hearing, Deaf, and HOH individuals alike can enjoy many benefits (besides picking up a popular vocabulary) by learning ASL. Users may not only better communicate with Deaf individuals but also improve cognitive skills, explore new career opportunities,…

The Role of a Deaf Interpreter

Deaf sign language interpreters play a vital role in breaking down communication barriers between Deaf and hearing individuals. American Sign Language (ASL), like any language, has regional differences and colloquial phrases, which can create mishaps in translation. However, the lived experiences of Deaf interpreters and their native expertise in sign language add to clear, precise communication. The presence of Deaf interpreter services, even partnered with a hearing interpreter, promotes accessibility…

Why Healthcare Providers Need Interpreting Services

Hearing and Deaf individuals alike need—and deserve—complete access to their diagnoses and treatment options. Nevertheless, without appropriate accommodations, the Deaf community faces accessibility barriers to the information physicians and medical staff describe. Moreover, the medical field’s technical complexity necessitates ASL interpreting services familiar with the terminology and knowledge to deliver accurate information. Yet by hiring qualified providers, medical professionals can reduce miscommunication and misdiagnosis, facilitate patients’ awareness, mitigate anxiety, and…

How to Improve Deaf Accessibility in the Workplace

All employees and attendees should feel welcome to participate in meetings or conferences, regardless of their ability. Accessibility is thus vital to creating an inclusive environment for everyone, yet the Deaf community’s needs are easy to overlook. Still, thanks to recent efforts for inclusivity and the rise of remote jobs, interpreters for the Deaf and other accessibility measures have become sought after. Therefore, business owners should learn how to improve…

ASL Interpreting 101 for Hearing People

Before employing the services of an ASL interpreter, Hearing individuals should learn the best practices for interpreted interactions and events: careful event preparation, social expectation delineation, and the incorporation of demonstrative communication behaviors. These procedures serve as standards of conduct while also reflecting Deaf culture values. They help make for smooth interactions between Hearing, Deaf, and Hard of Hearing individuals. To ensure your interpreted event turns out successfully, engage ASL…

The Purpose of CART & TypeWell Services

Speech-to-text services provide tremendous value to Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing individuals. These technologies—including Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) and TypeWell—help create equal communication access for Hearing and Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing individuals through verbatim translation and concept transcription. Improve accessibility at your business/organization today by seeking professional CART and TypeWell services from HIS Sign. HIS Sign specializes in onsite and virtual ASL Interpreting, TypeWell, and CART services. Our real-time speech-to-text services are available for…

The History of Sign Language and Deaf Communication

For centuries, Deaf people faced harsh oppression and were denied fundamental rights. Some of the earliest discourse on Deaf individuals comes from the Greek philosopher Aristotle, who claimed that Deaf people were incapable of learning and critical thinking. This false and ill-informed belief contributed to the view that the Deaf were “non-persons,” discrimination that prohibited them from buying property, marrying, or securing a job. Fortunately, the tide turned during the…

2021 Team Reflections

Christina and Brian Hammrich We keep thinking that life is going to slow down and every year we keep being proven wrong…2021 was no different. We gained a second granddaughter, but lost two family members. We strengthened relationships with our children, created new relationships with nieces, nephews and friends and we grew even closer to each other. We travelled around the country, visiting new places for the first time and…

Impacting an Industry: Associate Feature

Mrs. Elaine Ziehl—a fixture of the Northern Virginia Deaf community—retired on September 30th, 2021. For over 20 years,  Elaine worked at the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH), where she was a Virginia Quality Assurance Screening (VQAS) Coordinator. To commemorate her crucial role in the DMV’s interpreting community, this ‘Impacting an Industry’ piece will reflect on Elaine’s legacy. Influence on the Community As a VQAS coordinator,…