Centralized Interpreter Referral Service (CIRS)
The Hearing and Speech Agency (HASA) is a leading provider of American Sign Language and oral interpreters in Maryland. HASA’s CIRS Division staff are known throughout the state for their understanding and respect for the Deaf community and for their excellent and careful matching of “the right” interpreter for the scheduled situation. Our clients appreciate our nonprofit status and reasonable rates.
CIRS interpreters are available to individuals, organizations, and corporations around the clock, every day of the year by calling 410.318.6780 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sign Language and Oral Interpreters:
Our carefully selected interpreters assist deaf and hard of hearing children and adults in settings such as hospitals, schools and colleges, courtrooms, business meetings, and religious, cultural or social events.
American Sign Language Classes:
CIRS offers ten-week, noncredit courses in American Sign Language at HASA headquarters, 5900 Metro Drive, Baltimore, MD, 21215, and other locations throughout the community. Learn more and register>>
Deaf Awareness Workshops:
These presentations teach adults and children how to communicate effectively with deaf or hard of hearing individuals and enhance their understanding of the deaf community.
HASA VRI (Video Remote Interpreting):
An interpreting service that uses video-conferencing technology to enhance communication for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
CIRS Interpreters serve as effective facilitators of communication by rendering the message faithfully and conveying both the content and the spirit of the participants’ speech. The role of the interpreter is not that of consultant, advocate, sign-language instructor, or expert on Deaf culture. CIRS interpreters make a formal commitment to abide by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Code of Ethics, to keep assignment-related information confidential, and to refrain from interjecting personal opinions or influence.
CIRS interpreters are either certified through the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf or have credentials from CIRS. Interpreters are assigned by skill level, type of sign language needed, gender preferred or other requested qualifications for each situation.