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Trusted CART & ASL Services in Newark, NJ

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 Newark

  • Newark, established in 1666, is the nation’s third-oldest city, behind only New York and Boston. While the inauspicious year number might have freaked out some of the early colonists, they went ahead with the settlement anyway, so they have only themselves to blame.
  • The land on which Newark now stands was purchased by Puritan settlers from the Hackensack Indians for trade goods including gunpowder, lead, muskets, pistols, swords, axes, knives, kettles, coats, breeches, blankets, and beer—valued at $750. Probably the last time Manhattan’s ever been cheaper than Newark.
  • Princeton University, originally known as the College of New Jersey, was in Newark from 1747 to 1756 before moving to its present location.
  • Newark was raided in January of 1780 by British troops who crossed the frozen North River on sleighs to enter the town. The entire attack took less than 20 minutes, and its only casualties were two British troops who later died of hypothermia.
  • Newark is not only the largest city in New Jersey, but the second-largest city in the New York metropolitan area.
  • Port Newark is the largest container shipping facility on the East Coast, and the main one for the New York metropolitan area.
  • In 1966, Newark joined Washington D.C. as one of the nation’s first cities to have an African American majority.
  • One of Newark’s nicknames is the Gateway City. The city took its nickname from the downtown Gateway Center commercial complex, rather than vice versa.
  • New Jersey’s Gateway Region, in turn, took its name from Newark’s commercial-inspired nickname.
  • Another Newark nickname, Brick City, was meant as a not-too-flattering reference to its large number of brick housing projects, although many of these have now been torn down.
  • The Sundance Channel series “Brick City” is about Newark’s efforts at urban renewal, although some have seen it as an extended campaign commercial for mayor-turned-Senator Cory Booker.
  • At one time (that time being the late ‘80s/early ‘90s), Newark had the dubious distinction of being the car theft capital of the world.
  • Once carjacking became a thing, Newark also claimed top dishonors in that category as well. They’ve since dropped off the top of the charts, but Newark carjacking rates seem to be once more on the rise.
  • Between 2006 and 2008, Newark did lead the nation in reduction of violent crime, and in 2008 reported its lowest crime rate since 1959.
  • Cory Booker received a great deal of credit for this crime drop, enough to make him a finalist for the 2010 World Mayor prize. Evidently it wasn’t quite enough to make him a winner, though, and in 2012 he didn’t make the cut.
  • Newark’s Branch Brook Park was established in 1895, which makes it the nation’s oldest county park.
  • Branch Brook Park also has the largest collection of flowering cherry trees in the U.S., some 4,300 in all, as compared to the 3,800 or so planted around D.C.’s Tidal Basin. The park’s annual Cherry Blossom festival is the largest one in the in the Tri-State Area.
  • The Pulaski Skyway, which runs between Newark and Jersey City, was the nation’s first skyway-type highway.
  • The Pulaski Skyway is also reputed to be one of the least reliable of U.S. roadways. It’s been off limits to all truck traffic for two years after it opened in 1932, and as of now all eastbound lanes are closed until 2016, when over a billion dollars’ worth of renovations will supposedly be completed.
  • Tony Soprano’s real-life counterpart was Newark’s own Anthony “Tony Boy” Boiardo.
  • Not only was “The Sopranos” based on the real-life exploits of the Boiardo crime family, but many of its scenes were filmed in Newark.
  • Another Newark crime family, the DeCavalcantes, employed the notorious “Iceman” contract killer Richard Kuklinski. This hitman, who earned his nickname by freezing his victims to obscure their time of death, was the subject of a 2013 film starring Michael Shannon, Ray Liotta, and Winona Ryder.
  • Yet another local mob boss, Abner “Longie” Zwillman, helped to organize a group called the Minutemen. These Jewish prizefighters, truck drivers and bootleggers banded together to fight pro-Nazi activity in pre-WWII Newark.
  • The Clinton Avenue Five murder was, for many years, Newark’s most famous cold case. Some 30 years after the five boys disappeared in 1978, there was a confession and subsequent trial. One of the defendants was found guilty, but only received a 10-year sentence. The other defendant, who was acquitted, is currently suing the prosecutors, police, and former mayor.
  • West Milford, a Newark suburb, is home to the nation’s longest traffic light. The light at the intersection of Clinton Road and Route 23 can last up to five and a half minutes.
  • Clinton Road has more problems than just a long traffic light, however. It’s said to be New Jersey’s most haunted thoroughfare, complete with mysterious lights, ghostly children, a phantom pickup truck, devil worshipers and wild animals (either ghosts or very elderly ones) supposedly escaped from a safari theme park which closed almost 40 years ago.
  • Yet another or Newark’s most haunted roads is no longer in existence. The once-notorious Gully Road has long since been covered over by Route 21 and the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad tracks, but at one time it was said to have specters galore including an elderly couple and a Tory spy.
  • Another one-time Gully Road haunt, a woman named Moll DeGrow, seems to have been Newark’s very own Blair Witch. She died under mysterious circumstances (of course) and was one of the first to be buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery when it opened in 1844.
  • The New Jersey Historical Society, which has its headquarters in Newark, has in its possession a wallet made from the skin of 19th century murderer Antoine LeBlanc. Creepy.
  • Patent leather was invented in Newark in 1818.
  • Harriet Stratemeyer Adams, the most prolific of the pseudonymous Carolyn Keenes who authored the Nancy Drew mystery series, was born in Newark, and is buried there, too. In Fairmount Cemetery, in case you want to leave some flowers or perhaps a magnifying glass or mysterious old clock.
  • Newark’s G. Krueger Brewing Company started selling beer in steel cans in 1935, the first U.S. brewery to do so.
  • The Ballantine Brewery, headquartered in Newark from the time of its founding in 1840 up through the 1960s, was at one time the nation’s fourth-largest brewer.
  • Prudential Financial, Inc. was founded in Newark in 1875, and still makes its headquarters there today.
  • The Gibraltar Building, Prudential’s HQ from 1927 through 1986, was designed by the same architect who drew up the blueprints for the United States Supreme Court Building. Fittingly enough, it now houses the Superior Court of New Jersey.
  •, the world’s largest producer of downloadable audiobooks, is based in Newark.

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

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 Newark

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