American Sign Language (ASL) is a language rich in imagery, expression, and symbolic interpretation. It has been recognized as the language of the Deaf, but people with varying degrees of hearing loss use it as well. If you are interested in learning the language, there are classes that you can take through schools (community colleges are a popular place) and organizations run by and for deaf and hard of hearing people.
Many deaf organizations will also have access to interpreters. To see a listing of deaf organizations in California, click here.
For information about finding an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter, visit any of the following:
Access Interpreting: www.ainterpreting.com
American Sign Language Santa Cruz: www.aslsc.com
Bay Area Communications Access: www.bacainterp.com
Beyond the Words: www.beyondthewordsinc.com
Hands On Service: www.handsonsvs.com
Linguabee: www.linguabee.com: online service that connects customers with ASL interpreters
Northern California Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (NorCRID): www.norcrid.org
Partners in Communications: www.partnersincommunicationllc.com
Partners Interpreting: www.partnersinterpreting.com
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf: www.rid.org: nonprofit registry of ASL interpreters
Western Interpreting Network Bay Area: www.westerninterpreting.net