Sign Language Interpreters in High Demand

By David Fetterolf, Stratus Video President

The University of Arizona addresses a shortage of qualified interpreters for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing. UA’s Educational Interpreting Program was established in the 70’s with a focus 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 interpreting is an extremely difficult task causing many interpreters to burn out prior to meeting qualifications.

Despite the shortage, the Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates the demand for sign language interpreters to climb nearly 50% from 2012 to 2022. 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.

Stratus' video remote interpreting platform can provide sign language interpreting services in areas like the rural zones of Arizona where qualified interpreters are few and far between. Both our sign language and spoken language interpreters are highly qualified and trained to adapt to any situation they may encounter. To ensure that our interpreters are properly prepared to provide quality communication assistance, we have implemented a stringent list of minimum requirements and qualifications, including a minimum of three years on site interpreting experience. Click here for more information on our interpreter qualifications.

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