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ASL Interpreting or CART in Buffalo, NY

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 Buffalo

  • The Dyngus Day celebration in Buffalo is the largest in the United States, featuring polka music and plenty of Polish food.
  • With the help of the Niagara Falls, Buffalo became the first city to have widespread streetlamps in 1886. 
  • It’s illegal to throw a snowball intentionally at someone’s head in Buffalo.
  • Originally known as the Statler Hotel, the Hotel Buffalo had private bathing areas in each room before any other hotel in the world.
  • Eminem’s popular hit “Without Me” samples from a song titled “Buffalo Gals” by Malcolm McLaren in which the original line was “two Buffalo gals go round the outside.”
  • The first man executed by an electric chair in the US was from Buffalo, serving a sentence for the murder of his wife.
  • Parts of Bruce Almighty were filmed in Buffalo and many locals feel as if it was one of the more accurate depictions of Buffalo in modern film.
  • The Ellicott Square Building on Main St. was once the largest office building in the world, built in 1896. 
  • Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson originally wanted his AFL team to be in Miami, however after that failed, they ended up in New York.
  • The nickname “the City of No Illusions” stems from the 1980s when locals had to endure lots of good news, but lots of bad news (as life in Buffalo was great, but still not perfect)
  • Buffalo’s Turkey Trot is the longest continually running footrace in America, starting in 1896, inspiring similar races all around the country.
  • Millionaires Row on Delaware Ave. got its name from the huge number of millionaires living on the street in the early 1900s, when Buffalo had more millionaires per capita than any other city in the United States
  • The Buffalo Bills are the only professional football team to lose 4 consecutive Super Bowls, in 1991, 1992, 1993, and 1994.
  • A Buffalo resident invented grain elevators in 1842, resulting in a huge savings of cost and labor for farmers. 
  • Chicago is the only city in the country that can claim they have more Frank Lloyd Wright buildings than Buffalo.
  • Attracting thousands of people to the area, the Garden Walk is said to be the largest flower festival in the country. 
  • Due to state laws, a fine of $25 can be issued for flirting in public on the Buffalo streets.
  • With over 50 art galleries in Buffalo, it’s a lot more artsy than people think. 
  • President Theodore Roosevelt was sworn into office in Buffalo following the shooting and subsequent death of President William McKinley.
  • This inauguration happened at the Wilcox Mansion, which is now a museum commemorating the events of that day.
  • Anchor Bar in Buffalo was home to the original buffalo wing, a popular dish now found across the entire country.
  • There are over 300 bicycle parking locations throughout Buffalo, a number that was originally supposed to be only a couple dozen but changed due to popularity.
  • A woman wearing “body hugging clothing” in Buffalo, such as yoga pants, is technically breaking the law.
  • Buffalo is quite the foodie town, with close to 1,000 restaurants.
  • The Peace Bridge that connects Canada to America has been in Buffalo since 1927.
  • There are several speculations with regards to how Buffalo got its name, including a play on the French word “beau fleuve”, which means beautiful river.
  • Buffalo’s “Queen City” nickname references the city’s size as the second largest in New York. The largest is obviously New York City, or the “king city.”
  • Buffalo is now part of the “rust belt,” an area of the country with a steadily decreasing population due to the shrinking of the industrial sector.
  • However, $4 billion was spent in 2007 to revitalize the local economy, 80 times the previous annual spending.
  • While Buffalo Sabres follow the Bills having no league championships (not including the Bills’ AFL wins), the local lacrosse team, the Buffalo Bandits, have won 4 league titles.
  • Spittoons are required by law in every Buffalo business.
  • Buffalo played a huge role in the early stages of the automobile industry by heavily influencing the first brass cars, also known as the horseless carriages.
  • Patriots’ superstar Rob Gronkowski hails from the Buffalo area.
  • Musician Rick James was born as James Ambrose Johnson, Jr. in Buffalo, New York.
  • The State of New York is the largest employer in Buffalo with over 15,000 local employees.
  • The local minor league baseball team, the Buffalo Bison, shares a name with a past Buffalo major league team that was formed in 1879 but quickly went bankrupt, forcing them to disband.
  • No summer days in Buffalo have ever hit triple digit temperatures, as the highest local temperature ever recorded was 99 degrees on August 27, 1948.
  • Some people refer to Buffalo as the “Nickel City” due to the bison on the back of the Indian Head nickel.
  • The pop rock band Cute Is What We Aim For formed in the Queen City.
  • When the British burned down Buffalo at the end of 1813, only 3 buildings were left standing, one of which was the jail.
  • Literary genius F. Scott Fitzgerald grew up in Buffalo where his high level of intelligence and interest in literature was first recognized.
  • Known for their death metal world-wide, the band Cannibal Corpse came out of Buffalo.
  • Buffalo is the hub of the country’s debt collection industry.
  • Only 15 miles east of Buffalo, hamlet of Town Line seceded from the Union during the Civil War and did not technically become part of America once again until 1946.
  • Forbes recently voted Buffalo the 10th best place to raise a family in the country.
  • The Guaranty building was one of the first buildings in the world to use steel supports, also making it one of the first skyscrapers.
  • The Goo Goo Dolls, famous for their song “Iris,” got their start in the Buffalo area. 
  • Until recently, the blizzard of 1977 was one of the worst storms in Buffalo history, blasting the area with three feet of lake effect snow, less than half of what fell in the most recent storm.

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Buffalo 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 Buffalo today a language interpreter can be a very underestimated professional in the world today. There are over 100 languages spoken in the Buffalo Metro area alone. Many of us know one language, and we specialize in one field of study. Our Buffalo 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 Buffalo

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 Buffalo

When it comes to communicating with hard-of-hearing or deaf audiences, there are a few reasons you might want to opt for a Buffalo 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 Buffalo 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.


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