4 Reasons Why Using a Quality ASL Interpreter Makes a Big Difference

Not all sign language interpreters are the same. As with any other profession, there is a wide range of talent and skill levels within the ranks of American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters. Unfortunately, many of the people responsible for hiring sign language interpreters (for businesses or government entities) have no frame of reference for what a good interpreter or interpreting agency should look like. And this often leads to unproductive or even negative communication experiences for everyone involved.

On the other hand, when you use a qualified sign language interpreter who has the right skillset and the right mindset, you can help create a communication experience that is accurate, positive, and productive for everyone in the conversation.

Here are 4 reasons why hiring a quality ASL interpreter can make a big difference:

1) Using a quality ASL interpreter creates a better communication experience.

American Sign Language is its own unique language—completely independent from English. It takes interpreters many years to develop the skills to accurately convey a speaker’s meaning while also conveying the appropriate nuance and emotion behind the words. Using a highly qualified sign language interpreter will help make the communication experience positive, engaged, and productive for everyone involved—both Deaf and hearing.

2) Using a quality ASL interpreter guarantees accuracy.

Accurate communication is incredibly important in certain situations. Whether you’re hiring an ASL interpreter for a medical appointment, legal services, or a business negotiation, it’s essential to ensure that ALL the information is conveyed fully and accurately. The stakes are too high in these situations to trust an interpreter who is inexperienced or unqualified. Using a quality ASL interpreter guarantees that everyone in the conversation will be able to convey their thoughts fully and accurately.

3) A quality ASL interpreter can help navigate challenging situations.

Sign language interpreting is not an easy job—even in the best of circumstances. And when you add background noise, low lighting, multiple speakers, or any number of other complicating factors, the job of the interpreter can become significantly more difficult. A highly qualified, experienced ASL interpreter will know how to make the right adjustments to facilitate accurate communication in any scenario. (These adjustments might include things like changing the lighting to create better visibility and contrast, improving the positioning of a tablet or webcam during Video Remote Interpreting, or knowing ahead of time what types of situations will require additional interpreters.)

4) A quality ASL interpreter sees their job as a calling.

Being a professional sign language interpreter is a calling—it’s not for everyone. Anyone who decides to follow this path must have the right mindset and the right temperament. A degree of selflessness is required along with a high capacity for empathy. And there must be a constant awareness that the focus should always be on the Deaf individual. (Sign language interpreters must never try to make themselves the center of attention, even when they interpret at large events in front of large audiences.) Sign language interpreters who approach their work with this mindset also tend to have higher skill levels—because they are always motivated to improve themselves.

Our Commitment to Providing Quality Interpreters

At Dovetail Communication Group, we put a lot of time and effort into finding the best sign language interpreters to work for us. We carefully vet prospective interpreters to ensure they have the right qualifications, the right skillset, and the right mindset to be truly effective in their role. In some cases, we hire newer interpreters who show promising potential (and who already have a very strong comprehension of ASL). We pair these newer interpreters with our more seasoned, experienced interpreters until we feel they are ready to work on their own. These informal mentorships help us ensure that all our interpreters have the skill level and the expertise to meet the needs of all the people we serve.

Let’s Talk!

If you are looking for a qualified ASL interpreter for any situation, we can help. You can contact us by phone at (512) 400-4238 or by email at dcg@dovetailcommunicationgroup.com. We look forward to talking with you!


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