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ASL Interpreting or CART in Cincinnati, OH

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 Cincinnati

  • Graeter’s Ice Cream was founded here in 1870 and is still a local favorite for handmade treats and baked goods. Today, Graeter’s is run by the three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren of the original owner, Louis Graeter. They still use the same recipes and methods.
  • Cincinnati’s original name was Losantiville after the Licking River. The name Losantiville means “opposite of the mouth of the river.”
  • Along with The Queen City, Cincinnati has been called Porkopolis. The name dates back to the 1820s through the 1930s when Cincinnati was the main pork processing center in the country.
  • The Cincinnati Red Stockings (later the Reds) became the first professional baseball team in 1869 with a total of 10 players. They were also the first team to travel to another city by airplane.
  • As the first baseball team, the Cincinnati Reds always open the season at home. The Reds have won five World Series, 10 pennants and 15 playoff appearances.
  • When it was completed in 1867, the Roebling Suspension Bridge was the longest of its kind worldwide and was the prototype for the Brooklyn Bridge. Its location on the Ohio River just across from Kentucky (which was a slave state) meant Cincinnati was a crucial stop on the Underground Railroad to freedom.
  • The Emmy-winning 1970s show WKRP in Cincinnati featured life at a struggling fictional radio station in Cincinnati.
  • The first man to walk on the moon was Cincinnati native Neil Armstrong, putting the city on the intergalactic map forever. After his historic trip, Armstrong took a teaching position in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Cincinnati over his own alma mater.
  • Cincinnati was the first city in the country to have a licensed public television station, WCET-TV, in 1954.
  • Because of the rapid growth Cincinnati saw in the 40 years after its founding, residents began referring to the city as The Queen City or The Queen of the West around 1820, giving Cincinnati its nickname.
  • Jerry Springer –yes, that Jerry Springer- was once the Mayor of Cincinnati and an anchor on WLWT-TV news before going on to be the controversial talk show host.
  • The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is one of the oldest orchestras in the country. 18. In 1890 Cincinnati was the third largest beer producer in the country.
  • As a college student, Donald Trump took on one of his first projects – the revitalization of the then-foreclosed Swifton Village apartment complex in Cincinnati in 1962.
  • Cincinnati-style chili is well known and loved all across the country. More than 140 chili restaurants can be found here. Because of their love for chili, Cincinnatians consume more than two million pounds of their favorite food each year topped with 850,000 pounds of shredded cheddar cheese.
  • Cincinnati was the first settlement in Ohio to publish a newspaper in 1793.
  • In 1850, Cincinnati established the first Jewish Hospital in the U.S.
  • Cincinnati is surrounded by seven hills: Mount Adams, Mount Auburn, Walnut Hills, Fairmount, Fairview Heights, Clifton Heights and Mt. Harrison.
  • If you loved “E.T.,” “Jurassic Park” and “Jaws,” then give a little nod to Cincinnati, the birthplace of innovative director Steven Spielberg.
  • Cincinnati was the first city to establish a paid, municipal fire department and fire house over 200 years ago.
  • Cincinnati had the first air mail delivery, which was from Cincinnati to Toledo by hot air balloon.
  • The Licking River is one of the few rivers in the world that flows north.
  • Oktoberfest-Cincinnati USA is the largest Oktoberfest celebration in the country and the second largest in the world after Munich with over 500,000 visitors.
  • Cincinnati is the home to five US presidents: William Howard Taft, Rutherford B. Hayes, Ulysses S. Grant, William Henry Harrison and Benjamin Harrison.
  • Widely regarded as the “Birthplace of American Astronomy,” the Cincinnati Observatory is located at the top of Mt. Lookout and is the oldest professional observatory in the U.S.
  • President John Quincy Adams gave his last public speech at the ceremony to lay the first cornerstone of the observatory in 1843. The city’s Mt. Ida was renamed Mt. Adams in his honor.
  • Opened in 1875, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is the second oldest zoo in the U.S.
  • Maria Longworth Nichols Storer founded Rookwood Pottery in 1880, making her the first woman to own and operate a large manufacturing operation.
  • Built in 1903, the 15-story Ingalls Building was the world’s first steel reinforced skyscraper.
  • The University of Cincinnati was the first university in the country to offer cooperative education which allows students to balance a full-time school schedule with work.
  • Local favorite pretzel maker Servatii Pastry Shop and Deli serves a 6 lb. pretzel for parties.
  • Rain Man, Eight Men Out, Seabiscuit, Elizabethtown and Ides of March are all movies filmed in Cincinnati.
  • Cincinnati is famous for its German dish of goetta, which has become known as “Cincinnati Caviar.” The largest commercial producer of goetta is the local company Glier’s which produces more than 1,000,000 pounds annually, 99 percent of which is consumed in the Cincinnati area.
  • Every year, residents of Cincinnati run a nighttime 5k race through a cemetery on Halloween weekend. The Run Like Hell race brings runners out in costumes like characters from Clue or Mario Brothers.
  • Cincinnati was named for the Roman hero Cincinnatus. General Arthur St. Claire named the city to pay honor to George Washington, who was president of the Society of Cincinnatus in Philadelphia at the time.
  • Samuel Adams is brewed at the former Hudepohl-Schoenling brewery in Over The Rhine in Cincinnati as one of their three brewing facilities in the country.
  • The Procter & Gamble Company was founded in Cincinnati in 1837 as a candle and soap making company because of the area’s easy access to lye.
  • After The Who concert at the Riverfront Coliseum in 1979, 11 people were killed in a stampede leading to the city banning festival seating at concerts. The ban was overturned 24 years later along with instituting better crowd-control rules that kept a similar event from happening again.
  • Gorilla Glue was introduced in 1999 and was recently named one of Greater Cincinnati’s top workplaces.
  • George Clooney was born in Cincinnati. You’re welcome, ladies.
  • Cincinnati is home to an annual dachshund race that brings out competitors to fight for the prestigious champion title called The Running Of The Wieners.
  • Jungle Jim’s popular market (now with a location in Cincinnati) is considered the amusement park of grocery stores, that sells hard-to-find foods along with 1,400 different hot sauces.
  • Viewers of the soap opera “The Edge of Night” could see the immortalized Central Trust Tower (now PNC Bank) in the opening sequence of the show up until 1984.
  • Cincinnati is the capital of the game cornhole and loves it so much, locals developed the American Cornhole Organization. “Cornhole the Movie” was filmed in Cincinnati.

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

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 Cincinnati

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