American Sign Language - ASL

American Sign Language (ASL) is a language that allows people to communicate using hand signals. ASL is used by members of the American deaf community and by hearing individuals who translate for conferences and other gatherings. Read on to find out about possible training and career options.

Inside American Sign Language (ASL)

Sign language interpreters may find jobs at schools. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), other positions are available in hospitals and courtrooms (www.bls.gov). Translators need to have a solid grasp of the language, which can be obtained through internships and apprenticeships. Many ASL interpreters freelance, so they can set their own hours. Generalist and specialist certifications are available through the National Association of the Deaf and the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (www.nad.org and www.rid.org).

Take a look at the following Study.com resources to further explore career paths and educational programs related to ASL.

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