Try the following suggestions if you are looking to book an interpreter:
2) Interpreting Agencies – when booking through an agency, please give a detailed description of your event.
3. Still Interpreting Inc. – contact Chris Dunn at firstname.lastname@example.org
4. A.S.L. Interpreting Inc. – contact Lisz Keallen at email@example.com
Please recognize that volunteer student interpreters are students and this means that they are learning how to interpret and are still learning ASL. If you have funds for professional interpreters, this is always preferred as Deaf people deserve full access.
Tips for Event Organizers:
- It’s very important that you allow ample time to book interpreters. You need to book at least two weeks in advance for small events, and at least 2-3 months in advance for larger scale events. Also, you should read this: Making Queer Events Accessible to the Deaf Community and How to Book Interpreters – An introduction for Broke Community Organizers
- Confirm that you have ASL interpreters BEFORE posting publicly. If you wish to post publicly but have not secured ASL interpreters, state that ASL interpretation is PENDING and keep the community posted with regular updates.
- Have a cancellation policy instead of waiting for someone to request interpretation. Many organizers wait until there is a request for an interpreter then scramble to find interpreters – this rarely works out well. Instead, find interpreters in advance and have a cancellation policy. Clearly state in your event info that interpretation is provided however if nobody puts in a formal request for interpretation before (deadline date) – interpretation will be cancelled.
- Make sure you get in touch with Deaf organizations so people find out about your events! Make sure to start promoting a few weeks before the event. Contact the following:
BCRAD facebook – send us a message and we will post your event on our wall.
Go to the Deaf & Hard of Hearing Program dept at VCC and post a flyer on their event wall.