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Breakout Session: Do You Speak Sign Language? Practical Tips for Working With Sign Language Interpreters and Agencies

Shane H. Feldman
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

Julie Schafer
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

Language Services Companies are providing more American Sign Language (ASL) interpreting services compared to previous years. This development has been at the forefront of dialogue among deaf consumers and the sign language interpreting profession. Among the questions questions raised are:
 
What are best practices when working with sign language interpreters and agencies?
 
How do sign language interpreting agencies differ from Language Services Companies?
 
What are common problems or pitfalls Language Services Companies make when recruiting and/or working with sign language interpreters?
 
We will guide participants through a self-assessment of current practices when working with sign language interpreters and agencies and provide insight about the sign language interpreting profession and how it may differ from spoken language interpreting. Participants will be able to describe best practices when working with sign language interpreters and agencies. At the conclusion of the workshop, we will ask the audience members to examine their current practices and identify areas for improvement.