Different Languages, Different Alphabets

Here’s a sight you might be familiar with: alphabet magnets!   English Alphabet, Courtesy: james.swenson13   However, did you know that the word “alphabet” is derived from Greek? It comes from the first two letters in their language “alpha” and “beta.”   Ancient Greek alphabet, Courtesy: GeoNando   The first two letters may look familiar […]

Americans with Disabilities Act – 25 Years of Progress

July 26, 1990. That is the date that the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law by President George H. W. Bush. Twenty-five years ago, President Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act and changed the world for the able and disabled alike. This landmark legislation improved the lives of millions of Americans who […]

Play Ball! Retention is Everyone’s Job

As a young boy I loved the game of baseball.  I found the game full of physics, geometry, probability, and all those petty rules to be so intriguing! Perhaps this is not the same reason others like the game, but we are not here to judge, are we? We are not here to judge, are […]

How to Avoid Problems with Title VI Audits

Coming into the language industry and not speaking a foreign language, I did not realize the importance of interpreters. More importantly, I did not know about the seriousness of documenting interpreting services in order to comply with the law. Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects people from discrimination based on race, national […]

ALS Runner-Up Goering Center Family & Private Business Awards!

On August 27, 2013, I had the privilege of attending the 2013 Goering Center Family & Private Business Awards Celebration with Lynn Elfers, CEO and founder of Affordable Language Services. Over 700 people were in attendance at the 14th annual awards celebration held at Music Hall, in the historic Over the Rhine neighborhood in Cincinnati, […]

Adoption of Rule 88 by the Supreme Court of Ohio

It’s been a few weeks since our last blog but we’re still here! The Supreme Court of Ohio adopted amendments to the Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio on June 21, 2011. These amendments go into effect January 1, 2012. Highlights include the following: Definitions of interpreters When an appointment of a foreign […]

2012 World Choir Games coming to Cincinnati

By Gary Elfers A number of the INTERNATIONAL and INTERETHNIC ORGANIZATIONS in the Cincinnati region gathered at the Netherland Hilton to listen to keynote speaker Nick Vehr, the founder of Vehr Communications, describe what is in store for the Greater Cincinnati area during the upcoming 2012 Choir Games. Nick gave an enthusiastic presentation with some […]

Video Round-Up

To go along with our American Sign Language theme this week, all of the videos we’ve selected have to do with signing and the deaf and hearing-impaired community. This time, the round-up includes: a Deaf rapper Sign Language etiquette MTV True Life some Miley Cyrus and much more!

Should the Deaf be considered an Ethnic group?

There’s no doubt, there are distinct cultural differences that come with being deaf or hearing impaired. American Sign Language is not just English signed, there’s different syntax associated with the language. On top of that, the Deaf have their own jokes, art, ancestry, and traditions (as shown in Tuesday’s post on Scottish Finger Signing). “Deaf […]

American Sign Language Week

Ok, so it’s not the official American Sign Language week. But we at Affordable Language Services just couldn’t wait until the last week in September to spread a little love for the signing community, so for the next week we’ll be sharing tidbits and news about sign language and interpretation! Syllabic keyboard, Courtesy: nicasaurusrex If […]