Trusted CART & ASL Services in Palm Beach, 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 Palm Beach

  • Palm Beach has almost fifty miles of shoreline. As a result, nearly seven million tourists come for a visit every year.
  • There are more than one hundred and sixty golf courses and one thousand tennis courses to use. So, you can pick up your racket or club and get your game on.
  • The county operates 81 parks. Since there are so many to choose from, you’re sure to find one with your favorite activity. You can bike, boat, ride horses, in addition to camping and athletic facilities.
  • For those of you seeking arts and music, you’ve come to the right place. Palm Beach County organizations offer a wide variety of concerts, exhibitions, festivals, and performances.
  • The National Croquet Center in West Palm Beach is the world’s largest croquet facility. The facility is large enough to hold as many as six hundred players at one time.
  • If beer is your thing, then look no further. With six microbreweries in Palm Beach County, you’re sure to find a beer you’ll love.
  • The Breaker in Palm Beach has been owned and operated by the Flagler family since 1869. With a list of distinguished guests, you may just see someone famous.
  • The shores of southern Florida have earned the nickname “Gold Coast” from the tales of shipwrecks containing treasure.
  • There are plenty of reefs and shipwrecks to dive. From man-made reefs to natural reefs and sunken ships there is plenty to see under the sea.
  • Take a trip to see the lighthouse and climb the one hundred and five steps to the top. The lighthouse contains a 1,000-watt bulb. Because of the large bulb, you can see the lighthouse from up to 50 miles away.
  • With over four hundred thousand acres Palm Beach County produces eighteen percent of the United States’ sugar. Therefore, it produces the most sugar in the country.
  • The birthplace of the modern PC is Boca Raton. In 1981 the Acorn computer became the standard, as a result putting Boca Raton on the map.
  • Florida leads the nation in home sales paid in cash. Palm Beach County has the highest number of property deals done entirely with cash in the state.
  • Florida Power and Light has the highest property tax in the county. As a result, in 2014 they shelled out $77.4 million.
  • Residents of Palm Beach County take home the highest average income in the state, $49,000 a year.
  • This year a nine-bedroom, twelve bathroom, 14,685-square foot mansion in Manalapan sold for $22.1 million dollars. This is especially relevant come property tax time.
  • Palm Beach International Airport operates 12 airlines and 200 daily flights. It was named the third best airport in the country and the sixth best in the world.
  • Palm beach county is home to 18 of the states 42 richest people according to Forbes. Whether they are drawn to the beaches or the fact that the state has no income tax, we can’t be sure.
  • Jimmy Buffet, Michael Jordan, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, and President Donald Trump call palm beach county home. So, while you’re out remember to make sure you keep your eyes peeled for a celebrity sighting.
  • The winter retreat built in 1902 by Henry Flagler is 100,000 square feet and has seventy-five rooms. The home was a wedding present to Flagler’s third wife.
  • The only state park in Palm Beach County is John D. MacArthur Beach, State Park. This park covers a tranquil 438 acres with four natural habitats. Therefore, you’re sure to see some wildlife and unwind.
  • The sea turtle mating season is especially active in Palm Beach County. Most noteworthy are the 16,000 turtle nests spotted last year.
  • There are more than one dozen or endangered species that inhabit Palm Beach County. These species include the bald eagle, eastern indigo snake, Florida panther, and West Indian manatee.
  • A U.S. Army fort built in Jupiter in 1838 is believed to be the first permanent non-Native American settlement in the area. The fort was followed by the first civilian residents who cared for the Jupiter Lighthouse beginning in 1860.
  • In the late 1800s, the Jupiter and Lake Worth Celestial Railroad and Henry Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railroad (FEC) began service, opening Palm Beach County to tourism and interstate trade.
  • Also in 1889, a heavy turnout at the voting polls forced Dade County, which included Palm Beach County at the time, to move its center of government from Miami to Juno where it remained until 1899. The Oakbrook Square Shopping Center is located where the former Juno Courthouse once stood.
  • In 1894, West Palm Beach became incorporated making it the oldest municipality in the county.
  • Palm Beach County was carved out of Dade County in 1909 becoming Florida’s 47th county. The first county government meetings were held in an old four-room schoolhouse at the corner of Clematis Street and Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach. At the time, only about 5,300 people lived in the new county comprised of portions of what are now Broward, Martin, and Okeechobee counties. Broward County was established in 1915, Okeechobee County in 1917 and Martin County in 1925.
  • Until 1963, Palm Beach County’s borders incorporated all of Lake Okeechobee. The lake now is partitioned among the five counties that surround it.
  • In 1905, Joseph Sakai began the Yamato Colony in present-day Boca Raton. Sakai attracted fellow Japanese to the area with the promise of farmland. One Japanese immigrant farmer who prospered at the colony was George Morikami. In the mid-1970s, Morikami donated his home and part of his land to Palm Beach County for a museum and park.
  • Palm Beach International Airport, formerly known as Morrison Field, opened in 1936. The award-winning David McCampbell Terminal was constructed in 1988 and has been expanded to include 32 gates.
  • The three major industries in Palm Beach County are tourism, construction, and agriculture. There are also many high-tech industries such as bioscience that contribute to the growing economy.
  • Tourism supports more than 66,000 jobs in tourism-related businesses such as hotels, restaurants, stores, attractions, transportation services, and others. More than 7.3 million people visit Palm Beach County annually, and they spend approximately $4.6 billion while they are here.
  • The average winter daytime temperature in Palm Beach County is 74 degrees and 89 degrees in the summer. The average rainfall is 62 inches per year. The last time it snowed in the county was 1978.

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

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 Palm Beach

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