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ASL Interpreting or CART in Jacksonville, FL

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 Jacksonville

  • Jacksonville is the city where “The Blues” was first, officially, performed. The word was used to describe a performance in LaVilla on April 16, 1910.
  • Today the annual Springing the Blues festival in Jacksonville Beach is one of the longest-running and largest blues festivals in the country.
  • Later down the road, Limp Bizkit formed in Jax in 1994. The “nu metal” band was incredibly popular locally through the late ’90s before hitting it big. So yeah, thanks Jacksonville for making “Nookie” a thing.
  • It’s also where southern rock was born. Influential Southern rock band The Allman Brothers formed in Jacksonville in 1969.
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd did too, in 1966, but as The Pretty Ones. The band changed its name in 1969.
  • So that device you are currently staring at, soaking in all this amazing knowledge from… yeah, you can thank Jacksonville for that. It is the birthplace of the father of the personal computer, Don Estridge.
  • In spooky amphibian news, “The Creature from The Black Lagoon” was shot in Jacksonville.
  • Jax was Hollywood before there was a Hollywood. In fact, it was known in the 1910s as “The Winter Film Capital of the World.”
  • During that decade, well over two dozen silent film studios opened in the city. It was a major film center before Hollywood became the main player in the business.
  • One converted historic movie studio from the era, Norman Studios, is now the Jacksonville Silent Film Museum at Norman Studios.
  • Angelo Faticoni, known as the Human Cork, because he was seemly unsinkable, died in Jacksonville, before he was able to explain his almost supernatural buoyancy.
  • In 1964, during their first American tour, The Beatles refused to play their scheduled concert in Jacksonville until the audience was desegregated.
  • The city of Jacksonville consolidated its entire county in 1968, giving it its considerable size. Because of all the extra territory, it’s the most populous city in Florida and the biggest city by area in the continental U.S.
  • Jax is on the banks of the St. Johns River, the longest river in the state and one of the few in the country that flows south to north.
  • Jacksonville is named after Andrew Jackson. He’s most famous as the seventh U.S. President, but he was also the first military governor of the Florida Territory.
  • But it was originally called “Cowford” because of all the cattle herded across the St. Johns River in the area.
  • Some of the oldest pottery remnants ever unearthed in the country were found in Jacksonville, dating back to around 2500 BC.
  • The city was also the site of some of the first European settlements in America, including the first French settlement, Fort Caroline. It was founded in the summer of 1564.
  • On May 3, 1901, Jax became the site of the largest urban fire ever in the Southeastern U.S. and one of the worst disasters in state history when “The Great Fire of 1901” blazed.
  • The fire started at the Cleveland Fibre Factory and burned 146 city blocks in 8 hours. It destroyed almost 2,400 buildings and left about 10,000 city residents without homes.
  • Though the biggest disaster, that fire wasn’t the deadliest, claiming only seven lives. In 1961, 22 people died in the Roosevelt Hotel fire.
  • Jax is home to Florida’s largest Filipino American community.
  • It also has the biggest deep-water port in the Southern U.S. and the second biggest on the East Coast.
  • Jacksonville’s Florida Theater, opened in 1927, is one of only four remaining Florida high-style movie palaces built in the ’20s during the state’s boom of Mediterranean Revival architecture.
  • Elvis Presley performed his first indoor concert as a headlining act at the theater in 1956.
  • Today, the Florida Theater hosts about 200 cultural and entertainment events and draws 250,000 visitors annually.
  • Theater Jacksonville has been around even longer, since 1919, when it was known as The Little Theater of Jacksonville.
  • Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway, and other jazz legends performed at the Ritz Theater in its early days. Ray Charles played there for a year as a teenager.
  • Downtown’s annual weekend-long Jacksonville Jazz Festival is the second-biggest jazz festival in the U.S.
  • The World of Nations Celebration, running every year since 1993, is North Florida’s biggest multicultural event.
  • Since 2007, the city’s Gate River Run has been the largest 15K race in the nation.
  • The first race was in 1978, and it was known as the Jacksonville River Run back then.
  • Jacksonville hosts “The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party,” a facetious name for the annual college football rivalry game between the University of Florida Gators and the University of Georgia Bulldogs. It’s one of the few instances of such a game still held on neutral turf.
  • This has been going on in the city almost every year since 1915, and every year since 1933 with only two exceptions.
  • Jax also hosts the biggest kingfish fishing tournament every year, the AT&T Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament. The first tournament was held in 1981.
  • Kona Skate Park is the oldest outdoor skate park in the U.S., and it may be the oldest one in the world.
  • Friendship Fountain in the city’s St. Johns River Park was the world’s tallest and biggest fountain when it was completed in 1965.
  • It was capable of shooting 17,000 gallons of water per minute up to 10 stories high.
  • The Morocco Temple, built in 1910-11, is the oldest Shrine Temple in Florida.
  • The city’s Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens is noted for its collection of Meissen porcelain, which is one of only three of its kind and quality in the world.
  • Jacksonville is the site of one of the 10 Karpeles Manuscript Library Museums in the country, which together contain the world’s largest private collection of documents and manuscripts.

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

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 Jacksonville

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