Interpreting Sports and Recreation for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community


Who is SportSign?

Incorporated in 1997, SportSign is a sign language interpreting service dedicated to providing professional, qualified* interpreters for various sporting events and recreational activities. The goal of SportSign is to facilitate effective communication between the Deaf and hard-of-hearing community and the hearing community.

Terry Schwankl, the original owner of SportSign, was inspired to commit to providing equal communication access to Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing individuals of all ages particpating in sports and recreation by a Deaf boy who wanted to play baseball and hockey with his neighborhood friends. David Nathanson, a Deaf coach and athlete believes in this mission and took over to continue this committment.

Who are the interpreters that work with SportSign?

* The term qualified interpreter is defined by the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulation as: an interpreter who is able to interpret effectively, accurately and impartially, both receptively and expressively using any necessary specialized vocabulary.

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