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Sign Language Interpreting

What is Sign Language Interpreting?


Sign language has helped deaf and hard of hearing people to communicate for centuries and is now widely used across the planet among the Deaf community. It is visual way of communicating using gestures, facial expressions and body language. It can be very complex, as every country has its own sign language, and it can even differ from one region to another within a same country.


Obviously, not everyone knows how to sign. This is why Sign Language Interpreters are essential. They transfer a spoken language into a signed language or a sign language to a foreign sign language. Interpreters use their skill and knowledge of the two languages, as well as their understanding of cultural differences, to convert a message in one language into the other language.


A little bit of history


Several associations gather the British Sign Language Interpreters.

It all started with Signature, a charity whose aim is to improve communication between deaf and hearing people in the UK. It offers a way to evaluate one’s qualifications and skills when it comes to communication with deaf and deaf blind people.


In 1982, Signature (at that time called the Council for the Advancement of Communication with Deaf People) established the first register of sign language interpreters. Holders of the Deaf Welfare Examining Board’s (DWEB) qualifications became founder members of the Register of Interpreters.

As the number of registered sign language interpreters increased in the 1990’s, the Independent Registration Panel (IRP) was created in 2002, followed by the ACE/Deafblind Registration Panel in 2006.


Finally, at the end of 2008, the Independent Registration Panel and ACE/Deafblind Panel were disbanded. Shortly after, the National Register of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind People (NRCPD) was established. This register gathers all of the most qualified sign language interpreters in the UK.


As for the Association of Sign Language Interpreters (ASLI), it was established in 1987 in order to provide a forum for professional discussion on all issues relating to sign language interpreting. The ASLI has allowed the standards of interpreting to rise, but also trainings, research and the provision of information for interpreters and consumers.



Why you should come to us


At OSW, we strongly believe that everyone should be able to communicate at the same level –a hearing deficiency shouldn’t prevent anyone from understanding and being understood.


We have a team of experienced registered Sign Language Interpreters, of diverse mother tongues and specialized in a large variety of different fields. Our interpreters always prepare before any assignment, by making research about the subject and the people involved. By requesting our services for your Sign Language Interpreting needs, you can be sure that your projects manager will match you with the perfect interpreter.


No matter the sign language, the type of event and the deadline, we will go the extra mile to provide you with the perfect interpreter for a very competitive price.


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