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ASL Interpreting: Settings Abound!

Mar 29, 2024 | Interpreter Education

by: Lisa Hendrickson, CI - NIR Coordinator

The field of American Sign Language Interpreting offers opportunities in a variety of settings. Those who are curious about the field, new to the field, or a layperson may not be aware of the multitude of settings in which an ASL Interpreter may find themselves.

The following is a list of common settings for ASL Interpreters; while this list is not exhaustive, it includes many of the most frequent settings for ASL interpreting services.


  • Hospitals
  • Primary care offices
  • Specialty care offices (ENT, Ob/gyn, orthopedic, oncology, podiatry, etc)
  • Vision offices
  • Dental offices
  • Urgent care centers
  • Mental health facilities
  • Rehabilitation facilities
  • Physical therapy
  • Outpatient facilities



  • Courthouse
  • Municipal events
  • County/State events
  • Division of Motor Vehicles
  • License, tag, registration
  • Social Security Administration
  • Vaccination clinics/events
  • Political events
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Child Welfare
  • Law enforcement
  • Housing events/meetings



  • K-12 
  • Vocational
  • University/College
  • Adult & Community Education
  • Commencement ceremonies
  • Awards ceremonies
  • Extracurricular activities (sports, field trips, etc.)


General Community:

  • Conferences
  • Workshops
  • HOA meetings
  • Community Events
  • Library events
  • News alerts
  • Safety alerts
  • Weather alerts


Performance / Art:

  • Plays
  • Musical events/concerts
  • Opera
  • Dance
  • Art events
  • Museum tours
  • Sporting events



  • Weddings
  • Funerals
  • Parties
  • Banquets
  • Meetings
  • Reunions



  • Services
  • Prayer group
  • Scripture study
  • Retreats



  • Interviews
  • New-hire training
  • Employee meetings
  • Employee evaluations
  • On-the-job training



  • Video Remote Interpreting
  • Video Relay Services


**It is also important to remember that the nature of an interpreting setting can change at any moment. An educational setting can become legal in nature if law enforcement is called to a school location, or a social event can become medical in nature if paramedics are on scene due to a health crisis, etc.

As mentioned above, while this list is not exhaustive, it includes many of the most frequent settings for ASL interpreting services. 

If you are an interpreter in the Southeast Florida area, interested in freelance work and have availability days, nights, or weekends, we have a variety of assignments throughout the community (medical appts., evening/overnight hospital shifts, day/evening college classes, school districts, legal, etc.). Please visit our website and submit our New Interpreter Questionnaire:


(888) NIR-9788