SALT LAKE CITY, 01 Feb. 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sorenson Communications continues to be the industry leader in training American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters by providing top-notch education specifically designed to improve communication between deaf and hearing people. ASL interpreters help create connection and understanding between communities and supporting their professional development is essential. Last year, Sorenson set another record in teaching ASL with nearly 40,000 hours of training delivered. In addition to providing professional development opportunities, ASL interpreters were able to support their professional accreditation with Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

“Every day, our ASL interpreters provide essential support to our consumers by facilitating access to information and enabling seamless communication, and we are committed to ensuring that they have the highest level of proficiency in the industry,” said Jorge Rodriguez, CEO of Sorenson Communications, the leading provider of video relay and interpreting services. “These frontline workers have so many community touch points – they support government communication in press briefings, communication with patients in hospitals and family relations via video relay calls. Our clients deserve the best quality we can offer, and that starts with our interpreter training.

Sorenson’s investments demonstrate its ongoing commitment to the interpreter and Deaf communities and include a wide range of programs specifically designed to support interpreting students, children of deaf adults (Codas), certified Deaf interpreters and Black, Indigenous and Colored Performers (BIPOC). Sorenson’s presenter pool includes more than 50 diverse educators who are experienced and committed to interpretive education.

“I want to tell you how much I appreciate the training I received. I have had many trainings with various coaches over the years. It was one of the best trainings with one of the best trainers,” said Paula M., an interpreter from Maine who took the Cultural Mediation in Video Relay Service (VRS) course.

More than 1,500 community interpreters across the United States and Canada have attended instructor-led, remote webinars sponsored by Sorenson’s interpreter training team. The training was designed to support their continuous improvement and growth on topics ranging from addressing unconscious bias to respecting the LGBTQ experience. In addition to the CEUs offered, Sorenson hosted the Educational Interpreter Enhancement Program which helped K-12 interpreters improve their interpreting skills for deaf children.

Sorenson also hosts Deaf Interpreter Academy (DIA), a program that supports interpreters in the Deaf community with training and webinars to advance their professional interpreting careers. In 2021, DIA piloted an affinity mentorship program to support Deaf interpreters at BIPOC and plans to expand its efforts in 2022.

Supporting African American and Black performers was also a key focus in 2021. Working closely with diversity partners, Sorenson hosted special events, workshops, social sessions and keynote presentations. Additionally, Sorenson’s trilingual interpreters have received specialized training in Spanish.

Sorenson’s training also includes Compass, a program designed for heritage language learners (interpreters who are bilingual children of one or more signing deaf parents). Compass continued to expand its offerings in 2021, engaging over 100 codas in unique personalized instruction delivered through multiple online platforms. This emphasis on distance learning has enabled a diverse population in both urban and rural areas of the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii.

“Sorenson’s incredible investment in interpreters opens doors in the field of interpretation and gives us the opportunity to grow together,” said Stephanie Criner, executive director of the interpreter training and professional development team at Sorenson. “I am proud to be part of these meaningful educational opportunities that support lifelong learning for interpreters and make such a vital contribution to improving the lives of Deaf people and their families.

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About Sorenson Communications, LLC Life Connection. Sorenson Communications ( www.sorenson.com ) was founded on the principle that communication and understanding are fundamental to the human experience. Inspired by this belief and the core values ​​of our communities, we develop the most trusted communications offerings, including Sorenson Relay, the highest quality video interpreting service, and Sorenson Interpreting, which combines qualified language interpreters signs to specific needs. As the largest employer of sign language interpreters, Sorenson strives to provide every client with an exceptional communication experience.

Sorenson offers innovative, deaf-specific communication products such as ntouch® videophones and ntouch software applications that connect PC, Mac® and mobile device users to Sorenson Relay. For more information, visit www.sorenson.com.

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