Have you ever been at a conference, school event or presentation and found yourself riveted by the American Sign Language interpreter’s intricate hand and arm movements? Imagine seeing a song interpreted into ASL.
Did you know American Sign Language is one of the most used languages in the United States? The 2000 census reported two million people in the country use this type of sign language to communicate. We can only imagine what the 2010 census will tell us!
In today’s society, almost every person owns a mobile phone. But for those who are deaf or hard of hearing, cell phones have largely limited them to text messaging only. Providers like T-mobile have long created data only plans on all their phones with keyboards to cater to this market. But technology is stepping it up!
Do you have a patient or client who is blind, deaf, hard of hearing or has limited use of their vision that has struggled with having proper accessibility in emergency situations? It is possible that they do not have access to resources on how to prepare when these disasters occur. Now you can assist!
Did you know that there are several different styles or methods of ASL (American Sign Language) that can be used for the Deaf culture and Hard of Hearing? It is easy to think that ASL (American Sign Language) covers the complete visual language for this social group, but based upon the background of an individual, their preferences and needs might extend beyond visual signing. They may need Oral Interpreting, Close Signing, Tactile Signing or a combination of several in order to fully understand a conversation. Understanding your client’s needs and their preferred style can be a very important step. Different styles aid to different individuals and their preference of retrieving information. Knowing the key essentials of ASL can render a new light for you and your client. Check out the differences below.