Qualified ASL Interpreters in High Demand
The University of Arizona addresses a shortage of qualified interpreters for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing with their Educational Interpreting Program focused on teaching students ASL to work with children in educational settings. The program argues that although sign language interpreters are in high demand, qualified interpreters are difficult to find. Cindy Volk, an associate professor and project director of the program, explains that part of the shortage in supply is due to the complexity of the profession. Interpreting is an extremely difficult task causing many interpreters to burn out prior to meeting qualifications.
Despite the shortage, the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows an estimated 50% increase in demand for sign language interpreters over the last ten years. The National Association of the Deaf highlights the demand for qualified interpreters in various settings, including educational interpreting in K-12 and higher education, the community, courts, hospitals, business meetings, video relay services (VRS) and video remote interpreting (VRI) services.
AMN Language Services video remote interpreting platform can help ensure sign language interpreting services are readily available in areas like the rural zones of Arizona where qualified ASL interpreters are few and far between. Our ASL team also includes Certified Deaf Interpreters (CDI) who facilitate communication with Deaf patients who utilize other forms of communication aside from ASL. Both our sign language and spoken language interpreters are highly qualified and trained to adapt to any situation they may encounter. Our interpreters are trained to adapt to any situation they may encounter and are committed to improving care for patients who are Limited English Proficient, Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Click here to learn more about our interpreters and what sets them apart. Interested in working with us? We are currently hiring ASL and CDI interpreters to join our stellar team. Visit our career page to apply.