Toronto Sign Language Interpreter Service (TSLIS) is a company that provides interpretation services for Deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the city of Toronto. Providing communication accessibility is an essential service that can only be provided by qualified, trained, skilled individuals which TSLIS will employ and assign to requested clients needing accessible services.
By providing professional development on a regular basis for our professional interpreters, we strive to provide quality service to the Deaf community in the Greater Toronto Area.
To view a sample of TSLIS President, Christopher Desloges, interpreting the Obama eulogy speech at the Nelson (Madiba) Mandela memorial, click here.
What is Sign Language Interpreting?
Interpreting happens when two people or two groups of people do not share a common language but need to or want to communicate with each other. In Canada, when Deaf and hearing people interact, most interpreters provide interpretation in spoken English and American Sign Language (ASL). In some francophone or bilingual regions in Canada, interpreters provide interpretation in French and langue des signes québécoise (LSQ). Interpreters are knowledgeable in the sign language and culture of Deaf and hard of hearing persons, and the spoken language and the norms of the (hearing) majority culture.
Association of Visual Language Interpreters of Canada. (2014). Frequently asked questions. Retrieved from http://www.avlic.ca/faq