Religious liberty is one of our core beliefs in America. Whether you are a Christian, Muslim, Catholic, Buddhist, or other faith; Everyone must be able to unite with the spiritual community.
Because religious texts can be complex and services filled with symbolic stories, it may be difficult for people whose first language is American Sign Language. A qualified religious interpreter is required for religious interpreting to provide members of the deaf community equal access to faith-based events.
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A qualified religious interpreter can be needed in all spiritual settings – from church services to youth groups to wedding retreats and ceremonies. These translators help people using ASL access spoken messages of faith and facilitate access to their larger religious community.
Communion is a valuable part of many religions and people who are deaf are entitled to take part in this special relationship. If a suitable religious translator is not available, friends or family members can step in and distract them from the event.
Qualified religious translators have specific skills to ensure that important religious messages are conveyed accurately and meaningfully. A qualified religious translator reads all major spiritual texts, knows historical and current events, and understands the meaning of religious holidays.
They should know common prayers, songs, or poems, and be able to interpret the tone of these pieces.