Interpreting services

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We are available
statewide 24/7
501-224-2521

The oldest and most comprehensive statewide service in Arkansas.

Founded in 1986 by Myra Taff-Watson and Douglas Watson, a Hearing / Deaf team with strong roots in the Deaf Community and the Interpreting Community.

Myra Taff-Watson, M.A., CSC, is the President/CEO. She has 40+ years of professional and personal experience in deafness, interpretation, interpreter education, deaf-blindness, ASL instruction, community interpreting across a wide range of settings and occasions, and educational interpreting at the postsecondary and K-12 settings. She is a nationally recognized interpreter educator and workshop presenter, and provided over 260 national, regional and local level inservice workshops on accessibility, ASL, interpreting, conference interpreting, and interpreting in specialized settings. She serves as a Commissioner on the Commission for Collegiate Interpreter Education (CCIE), the accreditation body for Interpreter Education Programs since 2006. She serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Interpretation (JOI) since 2000, is Editor of the ARIDian News & Views since 1987, and former 14-year Co-Editor of the CIT News. She served as the Program Coordinator of the Interpreter Education Program (IEP) at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) from 1982-2006, the director of RSA and OSEP federal grants, and as an interpreter educator. She is tenured and left UALR after 24 years of service with Faculty Emeritus status. She authored and was awarded over $8 million in federal grants to train interpreters in a 5-state region (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX) under five RSA grants (1985-2010), and sponsored students' tuition for the A.A. and B.A. degrees in interpreting.under six OSEP grants (1991-2006). She currently serves as a member of the UALR-IEP Advisory Council and serves as a practicum and internship site for UALR interpreting students. She received her B.A. from Queens College, NY, her M.A. degree from New York University (NYU) and completed all her doctoral work at NYU.

Douglas Watson, Ph.D.,is the Vice-President. He has 45+ years of professional experience as a researcher, deafness rehabilitation, interpretation research, deaf-blindness, and employment accessibility and outcomes research. He's a nationally recognized author and presenter and has over 400 books, monographs, and refereed articles published. He is a tenured full professor at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville where he was awarded millions of dollars in federal NIDRR and RSA grants for employment research and funding for students seeking master's degrees in Deafness Rehabilitation Counseling, respectively. He is a graduate of the Arkansas School for the Deaf, received his baccalaureate degree from Gallaudet University, his master's degree from Southern Illinois University and his doctorate from Florida State University.

Our Staff: Elizabeth Watson is the Scheduling Manager and Margaret Taff is the Administrative Assistant.

Our Diversified Team of Hearing and Deaf Interpreters: We are very proud of our professional team of Hearing interpreters and Deaf interpreters (CDI) comprised of Certified RID, NAD, EIPA: K-12 interpreters and Qualified QAST Level interpreters. They are a multicultural and diverse group of interpreters with a variety of degrees, including baccalaureate degrees and master's degrees in interpreting and doctorates in related education and deafness fields. Not only do we contract with certified interpreters with upwards of 15 years of experience, but we welcome and mentor new credentialed professionals to the field of ASL interpreting and interpreting for individuals who are Deaf-Blind.

 

Testimonials

You are awesome!
- Federal Government Client 

Thank you very much.
Our guests were very pleased.

- University System Client

Excellent Job!
- Administrative Law Judge 

Thank you for your assistance interpreting in Little Rock.
Your efforts helped make
my visit a success. 
I appreciate your hard work.

- The White House, 2004

You are a lifesaver!
- Corporate Client  

Thank you so much for your help with "Poetry Out Load" this year.
I couldn't have done it
without you.

- Arts Center Client