Independent interpreters describe the direct-hire model in ASL.

Independent Interpreters

This group of freelance American Sign Language (ASL)-English interpreters started in 2005. We came together to support the collaboration of direct hire ASL-English interpreting service providers in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Our aim is to help each other with the vast number and variety of requests for ASL-English interpreting services from governmental and public agencies, private companies, courts, hospitals, individuals and unique specialty assignments.

We do this by striving for excellent customer service, referring additional qualified professionals when appropriate, offering lower prices than a third party coordinating service, offering professional support forums, mentoring colleagues, and continual re-evaluation of our service delivery for improvement.

We have grown steadily since the group's inception, to include the area's top working independent interpreters, and now offer an electronic way to contact any or all of us from one website. We encourage everyone interested in using interpreting services to develop their own list of preferred service providers, from a variety of sources. We are individual contractors who provide direct billing to any authorized purchaser. Some of us can process credit card transactions, some of us have contracts with federal agencies, and others have their own forms for purchase orders and invoicing. Please review the terms with each interpreter as they respond to your assignment request.

Other questions can be answered via email or phone contact with any one of us. Please feel free to contact us for assistance on any interpreting related matter.

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