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How to become an ASL-English Interpreter

Online Resources:

Professional Sign Language Interpreting

by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)

Working with an ASL-English Interpreter & Providing Visual Accessibility

by Amy Frasu

Information about the role of the interpreter - providing access, what interpreting IS, what interpreting IS NOT, ethics, preparation, rest, & visual access


Sign Language Interpreting: A Basic Resource Book

by Sharon Neumann Solow

Sign Language Interpreting: Deconstructing the Myth of Neutrality

by Melanie Metzger

From Topic Boundaries to Omission: New Research on Interpretation (Studies in Interpretation)

by Melanie Metzger (Editor), Steven Collins (Editor), Valerie Dively (Editor), Risa Shaw (Editor)

Encounters With Reality: 1001 Interpreter Scenarios

by Brenda Cartwright

Reading between the Signs: Intercultural Communication for Sign Language Interpreters

by Anna Mindess

Sign Language Interpreting: Exploring Its Art and Science

by David Alan Stewart, et al

What should I know about Deafness?

How will I be considered a professional interpreter?

  • A professional interpreter must be evaluated and certified by a national or state interpreting organization and hold current credentials to interpret.
  • The RID-NAD Code of Professional Conduct for interpreters is a guide for the difficult decisions interpreters must make about confidentiality, appropriate conduct, payment, continuing education, and other professional areas.

Where can I earn a degree in ASL-English interpreting?

Many colleges and universities offer Sign Language Interpreter training. Programs vary, so it is important do research before making a long-term commitment. Consider these questions:

  • How long has the Interpreter Training Program (ITP) been established?
  • Are the instructors members of the Conference of Interpreter Trainers?
  • What percentage of graduates are currently working as nationally certified interpreters?
  • Is their faculty comprised of Deaf instructors and nationally certified interpreters?
  • How long is the program? (4 years is the new standard - a 2 year preparation program is not long enough for a novice signer to become an interpreter)
  • Do they offer specialized training for different types of interpreting? (medical, mental health, educational, performance, legal, etc.)
  • Is an internship required? If so, what are the requirements?
  • Do they have a lab for classes & independent study?
  • Do they have alumni that you may interview?
  • Do they provide mentorship after graduation?
  • Does the ITP have a good relationship with the local Deaf community and interpreting agencies?

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