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Deaf Access Services is the leading not for profit agency in Western New York that provides Qualified Sign Language Interpreters, CART and VRI Services, in a variety of settings throughout the eight counties of Western New York. Interpreters are evaluated by highly qualified staff and are expected to adhere to the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) Code of Professional Conduct.
Why Hire A Sign Language Interpreter?
American Sign Language is a rich, complex language with its own grammar structure and cultural context. It is not equivalent to spoken English, therefore requires translation. By providing interpreters in accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), you can ensure that Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Late-Deafened people will benefit from all of the services that your organization or business offers. Equal access is critical for Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Late-Deafened individuals to be productive members of their community and fully participate in society.
Why Hire A C.A.R.T. Provider?
C.A.R.T. is an acronym for Communication Access Realtime Translation. It is the instant translation of the spoken word into English text using a stenotype machine, notebook computer and real-time software. The text appears on a computer monitor or other display. By providing C.A.R.T. services, the ADA specifically recognized C.A.R.T. as an Assistive Technology which affords "effective communication access." This technology is primarily used by people who are Hard of Hearing or Late-Deafened.
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Why Use Video Remote Interpreting (VRI)?
VRI uses videoconferencing technology to allow an off-site Interpreter to interpret conversations, from English to American Sign Language (ASL) or vice versa, as if they were on-site. VRI is utilized by hospitals, corporations, federal agencies, law enforcement and more, to provide On-Demand Interpreting Services when no on-site Interpreter is available.
ADA Resource Links
To Request an Interpreter via the Special Interpreter Fund program
To Request an Interpreter
Between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm, please contact DAS at (716) 833-1637 ext 106 or 107.
After hours, weekends, and major holidays, please call 211.
There is a fee for interpreting services. For our current rates, please contact us at InterpretingServices@wnydas.org
** To confirm if your request has been received, feel free to contact the Interpreting Department by phone or email. **
Interpreter Request Form
You may contact us by filling in this form any time you need professional support or have any questions. You can also fill in the form to leave your comments or feedback.