Deaf Interpreter

What is a Deaf Interpreter?

A Deaf Interpreter is an individual who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing with specialized training to provide a message in American Sign Language as a native user as well as provides comprehensive knowledge of Deaf culture and niche communication requirements in order to provide maximum accessibility needs for the Deaf client. 
 

Where is the purpose of a Deaf interpreter?

There are many settings and purposes behind using a Deaf Interpreter or a Certified Deaf Interpreter including:

  • Offering complete and clear understanding in court cases and/or legal proceedings for the Deaf client

  • Providing full accessibility for the Deaf people in midst of emergency situations on the television, Internet, and other media outlets

  • Creating successful and professional communication needs in all types of interpreted situations, both routine and high-risk 

In some cases, a hearing interpreter is used to aid as a liaison between the hearing party and Deaf Interpreter but in other cases, such as in translation, a hearing interpreter is not needed.

 

Benefits of using a Certified Deaf Interpreter/Deaf Interpreter are:

  • Full, clear, and thorough understanding of all parties involved

  • Potent and competent use of time and resources for everyone

  • Fluently capable of recognizing and solving potential linguistic and cultural confusion and misunderstandings

  • Optimal results and conclusions in any interpreting situation

Deaf Alabama Interpreter​s

Below is a list of Deaf Interpreters in Alabama that possess a license, permit, and/or are exempted under Alabama Licensure Board for Interpreters and Transliterators (ALBIT). They are listed below to provide interpreting and translation services on site or remotely. Please contact them individually below to inquire about their personal services. 

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Brian A. Moss (BAM)

Offering

Remote and on site

Bio

Brian “BAM” Moss, BSW, is the Visual Gestural Specialist I for the Alabama Department of Mental Health, Office of Deaf Services. He graduated from Jacksonville State University with a Bachelor of Social Work in 2019. Before returning to college to obtain his degree in Social Work, BAM worked as Deaf Care Work for several years under ADMH. He is very motivated to work closely with consumers once again. In addition, he is currently pursuing the opportunity to become a Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI) in near future.

Credentials

DI Exempted

Contact Information

brianmossbsw@gmail.com

 

 

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Beth Overland

Offering

Freelancing, remote service teaming with hearing interpreter, TASL, medical interpreting, emergency preparedness

Bio

Credentials

DI Excempt

Contact Information

beth.overland@gmail.com

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LaShawn Washington

Offering

Freelance, transcript translation, remote, ProTactile, medical interpreting

Bio

LaShawn is currently a teacher for the DeafBlind and contract SSP (Support Service Provider) for the DeafBlind community

Credentials

DI Excempt

Contact Information

334.221.9082

lashawnlwashington@gmail.com