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

  • 11/9/2018
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    Robyn Dean, assistant professor, has co-authored a chapter on the topic of ethics in signed language interpreting in a recently published book, Signed Language Interpreting in the 21st Century: An Overview of the Profession. The chapter promotes a values-based approach in signed language interpreting which has traditionally followed a rules-based approach. The list of professional values proposed in this chapter is built on existing ethical content material currently used in the field but conflated with terms and devices that are not easily applied to practice situations.