For more than 10 million Deaf and hard-of-hearing
people in the United States, non-verbal
communication by use of sign language is a way of
life. In the Pacific Northwest alone, the States of
Oregon and Washington each estimate that 7% of
their population (approximately 365,000 people) are
afflicted with "significant hearing loss" requiring the use
of a professional Sign Language Interpreter.
In 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities
Act as a way to ensure anyone with disabilities would receive equal treatment and
accommodations to assist them in daily interactions with businesses and organizations.
For the Deaf and hard-of-hearing, the ADA provides specific wording as to the
requirements for "reasonable accommodations" to include translating and interpreting
services. For simple questions or transactions this mandate can be met by passing
written notes but when lengthy, complicated, or critical communications are needed,
the organization is required to provide a professional Sign Language Interpreter.
Sign Language Interpreting and Translating Services for Deaf, Deaf-Blind and hard of
hearing serving the Vancouver, Washington and Portland, Oregon Metropolitan Area including
Tacoma, Longview, Kelso, Woodland, Camas, and Washougal Washington and Gresham, Troutdale,
Salem and Eugene Oregon. When professional interpreting is needed we have the Deaf interpreters
available to service your Deaf client needs.