What is sign language interpreting?

Sign language interpreting facilitates communication between people using sign language and those using spoken word. Interpreters use both sign and spoken language to connect people in a number of ways including in-person interpretation and via smartphone, tablet and computer.

How do I use it?

SLIAO’s expert interpreting services make the interpreting process easy. Our in-person onsite interpreting, ASL/LSQ translation and VRI services can be accessed at virtually any time. SLIAO is a one-stop shop that makes communication convenient for everyone.

Why would I use it?

Regardless of where you are, interpreting connects people, ideas and opportunities. It allows businesses to connect with all of their customers and employees and allows individuals to build deeper connections. The question shifts from “why would I work with SLIAO” to “why wouldn’t I”.

Example 1

A grade three teacher is conducting a parent-teacher interview with a parent who uses sign language. The teacher uses SLIAO VRI on their computer to seamlessly connect with an interpreter and share their student’s love of math with their parent.

Example 2

A motivational speaker is in town and doing three shows in three nights. The speaker schedules an in-person onsite interpreter for each night to sign to the audience and leave all audience members with the inspiration they came to experience.

Example 3

A person who uses sign language is seeking investment advice from a financial advisor. The financial advisor communicates in spoken word, so they use SLIAO VRI on their smartphone to explain that banks are typically a safe investment when choosing an RRSP.

Example 4

The Premier of Ontario has an important announcement that will affect all Ontarians. To share this announcement, the premier contacts SLIAO for a video translation in American Sign Language (ASL) and Langue des signes du Québec (LSQ).


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