Emergency Interpreting Helpline: 604-736-7039
Registered Sign Language Interpreters (RSLI’s) are specially trained professionals whose job is to convey the messages of people who do not share the same language, culture, or way of communicating. Hiring an interpreter will provide communication accessibility and therefore equal access to the information that is being shared. Our interpreters are all (RSLI’s) who are members of the West Coast Association of Visual Language Interpreters (WAVLI) and the Canadian Association of Sign Language Interpreters (CASLI). They adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and strive to interpret all utterances faithfully and confidentially.
A Deaf Interpreter (DI) is an individual who is Deaf or hard of hearing and possesses exceptional communication skills in both American Sign Language and English. The DI has been trained in the role and ethics of an interpreter. A DI may use strategies such as: the use of gestures, mime, props, drawings, and home signs. These strategies may be used to match the language development of the Deaf person they are working with. In addition, the DI has an extensive knowledge and understanding of deafness, the Deaf community, and/or Deaf culture. They bring this expertise with them when working as a team with a hearing Registered Sign Language Interpreter.
Wavefront Centre for Communication Accessibility is the operating name for Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, a registered charitable organization.
Charitable Registration Number #108200098RR0001
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