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Trusted CART & ASL Services in Anaheim, CA

American Language Services has been helping businesses and other entities reach the deaf and hard of hearing community for more than 35 years. While in-person interpreting, at one time, was the only option, recent technological advances opened the door to other options. Since we offer full-service Video Remote Interpreting (VRI), this article will be comparing Virtual American Sign Language (ASL) interpreting with Communication Access Real-Time Translation (AKA- Closed Captioning & Real Time Subtitling) known as CART.

 Please note that according to the American Disability Act (ADA) that deaf and hard of hearing community have the legal right to receive full access through the use of ASL and or CART services. The ADA prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities and providing ASL interpreters for deaf individuals complies with federal law and promotes equal accessibility.

Some interesting Facts About the City of Anaheim

  • In 1941, Carl’s Jr was started as a hot dog cart in Los Angeles, but in 1945, owners Carl and Margaret Karcher, opened the first full-service Carl’s Jr restaurant in Anaheim. Named Carl’s Drive-In Barbeque, the restaurant became successful and eventually expanded to the nearby Orange County city of Brea. The restaurant was renamed Carl’s Jr in 1956 as well. Its founder, his wife and his 12 children lived in a house next door to the restaurant.
  • The name of Anaheim peppers comes from farmer Emilio Ortega, who brought the seeds to the Anaheim area in the early 1900s.
  • The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim baseball team has set five Guinness world records for the largest gathering of people wearing cowboy hats, luchador masks, blanks, wigs, and Santa hats.
  • The Palm Lane fire of 1982 was one of the worst disasters in Anaheim’s history. Electrical lines sparked flames that were fanned by the Santa Ana winds, causing one square block of apartment complexes to be burned to the ground.
  • Disneyland is a pretty great place that is visited by millions each year. But did you know that from the day construction began to its opening, it only took 1 year to build? Opening day was technically on July 17, 1955, but it opened to the public the next day with twenty attractions. It was also a pretty big catastrophe, with rides and attractions breaking down. It’s definitely not the start you’d think for one of the world’s most legendary theme parks of today.
  • Disneyland’s original Tinker Bell was a 70 year old Hungarian circus performer who was the first to fly over Sleeping Beauty’s Castle as part of the park’s fireworks show.
  • The city of Anaheim was named after the nearby Santa Ana River and “heim,” a German term for home, thereby making “Ana-heim.”
  • However, to its Spanish neighbors, the initial settlement of Anaheim was known as Campo Aleman
  • You know that famed TV series SpongeBob SquarePants? Well, it turns out that the show which generated over $8 billion in merchandising for Nickelodeon and countless other revenue was created by Stephen Hillenburg who grew up in Anaheim.
  • It turns out that Anaheim was Orange County’s first city. It was incorporated in 1870 when the region was still part of Los Angeles County.
  • Disneyland’s location was created on 160 acres of orange and walnut trees. Walt Disney eventually turned that into the world’s most recognized theme park. Some of the trees still stand on the property today.
  • While grape growing and winemaking was the primary objective of Anaheim’s original settlers, most were mechanics, carpenters, and craftsmen who had no experience in winemaking.
  • Throughout the years The City National Grove of Anaheim has served as the venue for some big events. The indoor live music venue, which a capacity of around 1,700 and sits next to Angel Stadium, has hosted the likes of Bob Dylan, B.B. King, Seal, Jamie Foxx, Merle Haggard, Julio Iglesias and many others.
  • Behind Fenway Park in Boston, Wrigley Field in Chicago, and Dodger Stadium in L.A., Angel Stadium is the 4th oldest active stadium. It opened in 1966.
  • Jeff Buckley, the American singer/songwriter and musician, was born in Orange County and called Anaheim home for a period.
  • Close to many major league sports teams, the master-planned community of Anaheim Hills has many sports and entertainment stars living within its boundaries, including Courtney Mathewson, an Olympic Gold Medalist, Rod Carew from the MLB, actress Danielle Fishel and many others. Other executives, musicians and politicians also live here.
  • The Anaheim Ducks ice hockey team is indeed named after the team from the popular movie, “The Mighty Ducks.”
  • In the 1950s, comedian and actor Steve Martin worked at Disneyland, first selling guidebooks and later at the magic shop. Apparently working at Disneyland was a trend for more than one American celebrity. Amongst others, actress Michelle Pfeiffer also worked at the theme park, portraying Alice (of “Alice in Wonderland”) in the Main Street Electrical Parade.
  • In 1963, comedian Jack Benny and TV host Johnny Carson were active participants in the dedication of the Anaheim Police Department building.
  • During Anaheim’s 1985 Skyfest Celebration, thrown in honor of Disneyland’s 30th anniversary, over 1 million balloons were released in the sky. The balloon launch nearly tripled the previous world record of 384,800 balloons
  • Rudolph Boysen, who lived in Anaheim, created the boysenberry by grafting together raspberries, blackberries and loganberries.
  • By far Disneyland is Anaheim’s top provider of jobs for the city. With around 23,000 employees, Disneyland Resort is the largest-single site employer in Orange County.
  • One of the biggest celebrities and musicians in the world, Gwen Stefani, attended high school at Anaheim’s Loara High School. With her beginnings in the band No Doubt, Stefani has gone on to create a big solo career for herself, and has become a TV celebrity.
  • The Anaheim Convention Center is the largest exhibit facility on the West Coast. Home to events like VidCon, competitions, the Anime Expo and many other events, its total space is 1,600,000 square feet.
  • The Stoffel House, a Victorian mansion who was originally occupied by early pioneer residents, served as a local Red Cross until the 1990s.

Reference Sources: CBS Local, Movoto

Anaheim ASL & CART Language Interpreters

American Language Services is known for our high-quality, In-person and Virtual interpreters, as well as the outstanding client services we provide. We work in 200+ languages including Legal and Medical Certified and Qualified.  ASL and CART are the fastest growing languages in Anaheim today a language interpreter can be a very underestimated professional in the world today. There are over 100 languages spoken in the Anaheim Metro area alone. Many of us know one language, and we specialize in one field of study. Our Anaheim Interpreters are fluent in English and at least one other language, and they are knowledgeable in a wide range of specialized fields including legal, medical, technical, manufacturing, and engineering.

A brief history of ASL Interpreting in Anaheim

Most people know that ASL stands for American Sign Language. But not everyone knows that it is a distinct language—not simply an offshoot of American English. Though its beginnings are murky, many believe that ASL originated from a merger of French Sign Language (SLF) and local U.S. sign languages. While ASL and SLF are distinct languages, there are still some similarities between their signs.

What actually is ASL?   ASL a complete, natural language that has the same linguistic properties as spoken languages with grammar however that differs from English. ASL is expressed by movements of the hands and face.  ASL is a language completely separate and distinct from English. It contains all the fundamental features of language, with its own rules for pronunciation, word formation, and word order.  Because of the physical nature of ASL, a two-person team of ASL interpreters is required for assignments longer than 1 hour in duration.

The National Center for Health Statistics claims that 28 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss, though only between two and eight percent of them are natural ASL speakers.  Helping these select individuals translate the audible into the understandable is the job of an ASL interpreter.  If you have ever been to a play, a concert or watched a government briefing, you have probably seen an ASL interpreter signing just out of view.  An interesting side note is that Statista estimates that there are currently around 60,000 active ASL interpreters in the USA.

The Benefits of ASL Interpreting in Anaheim

When it comes to communicating with hard-of-hearing or deaf audiences, there are a few reasons you might want to opt for a Anaheim ASL interpreter over CART services. These include:

  • A More Personal Connection: A real person has several advantages over a computer screen. First, human interpreters have an easier time conveying emotion. Second, they are better equipped to point out speakers and assist with pronunciation issues. Finally, an interpreter gives a deaf or hard of hearing person a chance to bond with another person.
  • Enhanced Speed: Skilled interpreters can hold pace with even the fastest speakers. Lack of delay makes it easier for deaf and hard of hearing individuals to keep up with the conversation.
  • Cost Effective:  While costs range by the type of ASL you need (Legal, medical, business, etc.) and when the assignment is scheduled, the cost off ASL, across the board, is less money than CART.

What Is CART?

While the majority of people know what American Sign Language is, the same cannot be said for Communication Access Real-Time Translation. Often referred to as CART, this communication method for the deaf and hard of hearing is best described as subtitling for live discussions. Unlike ASL, which relies on a professional interpreter, CART services are provided by a well-trained stenographer or transcriptionist. They transcribe anything said and then broadcast the resulting text to a phone, computer, or TV screen.

CART is often seen as a cost-effective and efficient way to ensure everybody can follow along. While often used to help deaf students in the classroom, CART captioning benefits anyone that can read.  Much like ASL interpreting, it can be done both onsite with a physical transcriptionist or remotely with an offsite one.

Why You Should Consider CART for the Anaheim Market

Communication Access Real-Time Translation is growing in popularity due to the following characteristics:

  • It Serves a Wider Array of Deaf People: If you do a little math, you will realize that 65 percent of hard-of-hearing people in the USA do not speak ASL fluently. CART makes it so these people can join in on the conversation as well.
  • CART Makes It Scalable: While people in the front rows can easily make out what an interpreter is signing, it gets harder as the distance increases. Since captions can be beamed to multiple screens simultaneously, they do not have to factor speaker distance into the equation.
  • The Text Provides a Written Record: Having a transcript of everything your professor said would be a godsend come finals. Having a record of a meeting can also provide clarity to all those involved as well. The physical nature of CART recording makes that possible. This ability is one reason so many college students opt for CART over traditional ASL interpreting. 

About American Language Services

Founded in 1985, American Language Services was there to help pioneer the rise in remote ASL interpreting options. Our dedication to quality and client satisfaction in interpreting allowed us to shift from a one-woman agency into one of the most successful language agencies in the world. Our language experts provide ASL & CART interpreting services to people all around the world. Because of our 24/7 availability, you’ll never have to worry about us not being available, on off times, for an assignment.

AML-Global has some of the most impressive linguistic talents in the world. These highly skilled language professionals are recruited, screened, and tested to ensure high-quality work.

Contact us by email at or via phone at 1-800-951-5020 for a free estimate on our ASL and CART services.

ASL Interpreting or CART in Anaheim: Which One Better Suits Your Needs?


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