Giving Back: To The Community

Village Hands: Interpreting Services on a Budget for the Deaf Community

IMG 8836 300x223 1In today’s fast-paced, money-hungry world, accommodation services can unfortunately become a forgotten priority. At ICS we believe finances should never prevent a community or organization from being accessible. Whether it’s offering pro-bono or reduced-rate services, ICS has an affordable accommodation solution to match your budget. Sign Language Interpreters interpret an outdoor show in Brooklyn, NYThat’s why in 2019, we launched Village Hands, an initiative focused on improving inclusion in the local community by removing the financial barrier that hinders many non-profit and Art organizations from providing equal access. To apply for Village Hands accommodation services, complete the application below. To see Village Hands recipients and projects, check out the Access New York Calendar! Inclusion starts with establishing a partnership with a credible accommodations agency. Let ICS be your ticket to equally accessible events!

Apply for Village Hands

If you are a non-profit or Art-affiliated group unable to afford interpreting services, we encourage you to fill out the Village Hands application below, detailing both your financial limitations and service request. After submitting your application, an ICS coordinator will be in touch to further discuss your organization’s needs and a variety of accommodation solutions.

No matter what the obstacle, we are committed to helping you provide equal-access and inclusion to your local community.

The Access New York Calendar is a community initiative focused on compiling and advocating for accessible events, movements, and performances in New York City for the Deaf and hard-of-hearing. All events listed on Access New York are confirmed to have a sign language interpreter or caption service accommodations. Email AccessNY@InclusiveASL.com to add your accessible event. 

New York City is a mecca of culture and art. Let Access New York help you reach it all!

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Testimonials

Check out what our NYC sign language and caption customers are saying about the inclusive experience!

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Cory Silverberg
May 24, 2022

ICS provided interpreting for our virtual book launch, and they were great! The event was trilingual, so they were working alongside Spanish language interpreters and managed the busy format with generosity and ease. I look forward to getting to work with them again in the future.

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Amy Fiore
May 17, 2022

The Story Pirates love ICS! We had a last minute need for interpretation for a live show, which was particularly challenging because it included scripted, musical, and improvised sections. They were fantastic! We loved having the ability to reach even more kids than before. Thank you so much!

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MAD Museum
April 12, 2022

Inclusive Communication Services was able to provide an interpreter with very late notice, which was super appreciated! Cedar was an excellent interpreter and we will definitely plan to work with them again in the future.

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A Click
March 28, 2022

I feel so lucky to have gotten to partner with Inclusive Communication Services many times over the last few months to make events all over the city more inclusive and accessible! The work done by this organization is truly incredible and I am always impressed by how smooth and easy it is to coordinate with their staff and interpreters as a third party event organizer.

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Kate Trammell
March 26, 2022

Steffi and Erin were excellent! They were incredibly professional and prepared. We were so appreciative to have them in the room!

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Tuthall & Wirtanen
February 24, 2022
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Laura “L” Tuthall
February 24, 2022

The organization I co-run had to shift a disability issues press conference we were planning to host in hybrid format to all-online the day before the event - after a politician we were collaborating with pulled their support, including in-person ASL services. ICS was able to confirm the same day we contacted them (pretty much unheard of for ASL services) and provide us with a lovely, skilled interpreter team for the online event the next day. They helped us turn a terrible situation that would have negatively impacted our disabled speakers and community into a successful, accessible event. Can't recommend them enough!

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Ash Blight
February 23, 2022

Inclusive Communication Services is always a joy to work with! I'm continually impressed by their flexibility and commitment to providing accessible services in locations across the city as well as virtual events.

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Roy Atwood
February 15, 2022

Excellent company; love working with them!

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Sarah Hanvey
February 1, 2022

I have been working as a freelance interpreter with ICS since their early days. I have never felt more seen, heard, and respected. Their rates are extremely fair. The coordinators are easily accessible for any last minute details that may come up on a job. I cannot boast about this company enough! Please consider using them when booking any events needing access to communication!

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Sarah Hanvey
February 1, 2022

I have been working as a freelance interpreter with ICS since their early days. I have never felt more seen, heard, and respected. Their rates are extremely fair. The coordinators are easily accessible for any last minute details that may come up on a job. I cannot boast about this company enough! Please consider using them when booking any events needing access to communication!

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Stephanie Sargent
February 1, 2022

I have loved working for Inclusive Communication Services as a virtual interpreter. The staff is wonderful at giving the interpreters pertinent information as soon as possible, allowing interpreters adequate time to prepare for jobs. ICS works with many interpreters, yet I feel valued and a priority every time I ask a question or share feedback. Overall, a great company to work for!

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Oliver Click
February 1, 2022

ICS is an incredible community-oriented business and I cannot thank them enough for providing affordable ASL interpretation services for Drag Queen Story Hour NYC and allowing us to fully commit to our goal of inclusivity and access for all. Their professionalism and flexible scheduling makes them a joy to work with, for both in-person and virtual events!

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JORDAN WINDERL
February 1, 2022

I was getting anxious after being turned down by a long list of interpreters for our middle school musical. It was a BIG ask and at the LAST minute but these gals came through! They were super flexible and courteous and professional. I would recommend them in a heartbeat. THANK YOU, ICS! The family in need of your services was incredibly grateful and so am I. Keep up the good work.

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John P McEneny
July 26, 2021

Transformative Experience for both performers and audience. Professional, accommodating, and the best in their field. Enthusiastically endorse.

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Katha Cato
June 28, 2021

I knew nothing about how to approach this and everyone at ICS took great care of us and our guests. I also learned so much about how much more we need to do on this end to make our experiences more accessible to all.

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Melissa Moschitto
May 24, 2021

Shelby and the ASL interpreters at ICS are extremely professional and a true pleasure to work with. Shelby made scheduling a breeze and answered all of my questions to ensure that our first time with an interpreter went as smoothly as possible. They did a beautiful job interpreting for our live event and I look forward to working with them in the future.

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Kay Ottinger
March 1, 2021

Great experience! Tyler answered my call right away and was able to help me get my project captioned in a timely manor. Turned out great. Will definitely use them again in the future.

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Megan Byrnes
February 8, 2021

I recently worked with Tyler from Inclusive Communication Services for a work event and he was extremely helpful in providing simultaneous ASL interpretation for our program. He was so easy to work with, patient, and dedicated to providing his services to make our program more accessible for our greater community, and I would definitely work with him, and Inclusive Communication Services, in the future.

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Christian Ogren
January 5, 2021

They were beyond generous in getting a show I was working on interpreted. Had COVID not hit we absolutely would have brought them back again and again.

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Randi Berry
December 23, 2020

I would give Inclusive Communication Services 10 stars if I could. They do the ASL interpretation for all of our events at The Indie Theater Fund. Most recently, they did our annual event - this year...virtually. It was NOT an easy task and Shelby was professional, upbeat and incredibly clear. I highly recommend them and am looking forward to working with them in 2021.

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Thomas Cooke
December 16, 2020

I absolutely love ICS! They were able to send me a very friendly sign language interpreter last-minute for a job interview with a Deaf candidate. The coordinator walked me through everything on the phone and even gave me some tips on how to properly use an interpreter- it never even occurred to me to ask! Very helpful and affordable- I'll definitely use them again in the future 🙂