American Sign Language and Interpreting Education

About the Department

Sign language interpreting is a fascinating, challenging and rapidly expanding field that offers an endless variety of opportunities and rich linguistic and cultural experiences. With more than 1,200 Deaf and hard-of-hearing students and 17,000 hearing students on campus, and more than 100 Deaf and hard-of-hearing faculty and staff members, RIT provides you with a unique environment and excellent opportunities to increase your knowledge of cultures and enhance your English, American Sign Language and interpreting skills.

Latest News

  • 5/16/2018
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    Kim Kurz, director of NTID’s American Sign Language and Interpreting Education Department, authored two chapters in the book, “Deaf Eyes on Interpreting.” The chapter titled, “The Heart of Interpretation from Deaf Perspectives,” co-authored with NTID ASLIE faculty member Joseph Hill, is based on the findings of deaf people related to their perspectives of what makes an interpreter the “best” – the linguistic features and cultural aspect. The second chapter, “Effectively Interpreting the Content Areas Utilizing Academic Language Strategies” is about using academic language during interpretation and what it means to render academic interpretation using content-based information.