Sign Language Interpreters: Main Duties and Responsibilities (01:19)
Cindy Shapiro is an American Sign Language interpreter. She interprets between people who can hear and people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Sign Language Interpreters: Career Beginnings (01:25)
Shapiro became interested in American Sign Language at a young age. She attended a university for deaf people. She participated in a 10 week program and began working.
Sign Language Interpreters: Keys for Success (03:34)
The job requires a specific skill set and large knowledge base. It is important to be responsible to maintain a good reputation.
Sign Language Interpreters: Education and Certification Requirements (01:24)
This career requires a degree as well as written and practical exams. Eighty hours of continuing education is required every four years.
Sign Language Interpreters: Workplace Atmosphere (04:36)
Shapiro does freelance interpreting, which can take place in any setting including religious, legal, and medical settings.
Sign Language Interpreters: Advice for Aspiring Pros (01:43)
It is important to enjoy learning and people. Spend time in the deaf community in order to learn and honor the culture.
Sign Language Interpreters: Day on the Job (03:24)
Every day is different for a freelance interpreter. Shapiro give several examples of what she might do in a day.
Sign Language Interpreters: Industry Goals and Services (02:22)
The goal is to provide equal accommodation to hearing, deaf, and hard of hearing people. Shapiro has concerns about video relay interpreting.
Sign Language Interpreters: Industry Challenges (02:23)
Interpreting agencies are adding sign language to spoken language services. Self care is an issue for interpreters.
Sign Language Interpreters: Looking at the Future (01:31)
Cochlear implants and high tech glasses could change the demand for American Sign Language interpreters.
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