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Trusted CART & ASL Services in Reno, NV

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 Reno

  • Washoe, a chimpanzee raised in Reno, was the first non-human to communicate through sign language learning 350 different signs. 
  • Reno experiences around 1,000 earthquakes every year.  Fortunately, most of them are too weak to do any damage or even be felt. 
  • Gambling in Reno can be traced back to pre-colonial times, with games being played in celebration of hunts and harvests. 
  • Reno holds the Guinness World Record for most people playing checkers at one time, 540.
  • Reno Tahoe has been named the best tasting tap water in the United States. The clear water that brings life to the area is so fresh that the EPA has given a special filtration designation to waterworks in the region.
  • While many people know Vegas as the marriage capital of the world, Reno became known as the divorce capital of the world after 30,000 couples untied the knot between 1929 and 1939 due to very lax divorce laws. 
  • Famous residents of Reno include Judge Mills Lane, Sharon Stone, Dawn Wells of Gilligan’s Island, Kristi Yamaguchi and Toni Tenille.
  • Blue jeans were born in Reno. Jacob Davis and Levi Strauss partnered to meet the demand for sturdier pants, and it was the start of creating the favorite pair of jeans hanging in your closet today.
  • The largest free hot air ballooning event in the world happens to be the Great Reno Balloon Race! With close to a hundred balloons coming to participate every year, it brings in over 100,000 people to check out the shows, races, and festivities throughout the weekend of the event.
  • Visitors to the Cal Nevada Casino can take a trip down to the pool if they want to swim in both Nevada and California at the same time.
  • There are over 20 casinos in Reno and slot machines are available at the airport, convenience and grocery stores.
  • In Reno, it’s illegal to lie down on the sidewalk.
  • Reno’s national bowling stadium is home to the world’s longest bowling scoring display and is often referred to as the “taj mahal of tenpins.”
  • Lake Tahoe is regularly ranked as the top lake to visit in America and is also America’s highest Alpine Lake.
  • Reno has been America’s “Tree City” for 28 years. There are over 159 tree species in the parks in the city of Reno.
  • The Reno Ice Pavilion is a rink that measures 16,000 sq feet. At one point of time, it was dismantled from Atlantic City in New Jersey and moved here.
  • Reno only gets around 7 inches of rainfall every year.
  • While some of the establishing shots of “Reno 911!” were filmed in Reno, most of the show is actually filmed in California.
  • While prostitution within the city is illegal, the Mustang Ranch was the state’s first legal brothel.
  • Thrill seekers should thank University of Nevada – Reno grad Ron Toomer for the upside-down roller coaster. He built the first one. 
  • Though the original attendance of “The Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off” was 30,000 in 1989, attendance now tops 500,000 with over 200,000 pounds of ribs cooked.
  • Eddie Money filmed the video for “Take Me Home Tonight” in Reno.
  • Also known as “The Neon Babylon”, the city of Reno lies some 26 miles north of the Nevada state capital, Carson City, and 22 miles northeast of Lake Tahoe.
  • The state of Nevada (which means ‘snow-capped’ in Spanish) is the third-largest gold producer in the world, after South Africa and Australia.
  • The Reno-Tahoe area is also known as “America’s Adventure Place.”
  • Tourism is the mainstay of Reno, Nevada, and the industry attracts more than 5 million visitors annually, adding over $4 billion dollars to local coffers. Secondary industries include computers, electronics, financial services and communications. Reno’s diversity also supports restaurants and retail options, and the nearby mountains draw many enthusiasts to the highest concentration of ski resorts in America.
  • The Tule Duck, almost 2,000 years old, was discovered in 1924 during an excavation at Lovelock Cave. There are 11 decoys each formed of a bundle of bulrush (tule) stem, which are bound together and shaped to resemble a canvasback duck.
  • An Ichthyosaur (Shonisaurus) fossil found in Nevada makes it the only state to possess a complete skeleton (approximately 55 feet long) of this extinct marine reptile.

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

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 Reno

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