Interpreting is the process of communicating spoken English messages into ASL as well as rendering ASL into spoken English. The field of interpreting is a rapidly growing profession. Legislation such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) have greatly increased the demand for interpreting services throughout the United States. In addition, and more than ever, hearing and deaf people are interacting in all aspects of our society. Today, interpreters can be found in scores of situations such as educational, legal, medical, mental health, educational and theatrical settings. Within these different settings, an interpreter may work for a variety of clients on a “per job” basis as a freelance or private practice interpreter or may hold a full-time interpreting position.
ASL is a visual spatial language utilized by Deaf and hard of hearing individuals to communicate. We offer seven different levels of ASL classes which are all taught in ASL by our experienced teaching faculty. ACC has been providing interpreter training since the fall of 1997. Since that time it has tripled in size and continues to grow. We currently average of 1,000 students every year. The majority of ASL & Interpreter Training classes are offered at the Rio Grande Campus.
The purpose of our program is to develop knowledge and skills leading to employment as interpreters. It is intended that graduates will have a broad understanding of the types and scope of support services, which could be or should be available to deaf persons as well as extensive knowledge of Deaf culture. The goal is for graduates to have entry-level theoretical and technical skills in interpreting.