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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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Sign Language Interpreter—Career Q&A: Professional Advice and Insight

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What is it like to be a sign language interpreter? In this Career Q&A video interview, Cindy Shapiro talks about her career path, what she does on the job, and the keys to success interpreting sign language. She also offers candid advice on breaking into the profession as well as insight into the industry’s biggest challenges and how the field may change in the next ten years.

Length: 24 minutes

Item#: BVL139612

ISBN: 978-1-64023-697-4

Copyright date: ©2017

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