American Sign Language Services in New Jersey

New Jersey is perhaps New York’s most well known neighbor;  both two different states in the United States of America. Located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, New Jersey is bordered by New York State to the north, Delaware to the south, the Atlantic Ocean to its east and Pennsylvania to the west. Its capital is Trenton. 

Though New Jersey is one of the smallest states, it has the country’s highest population densities. It has the busiest and the most extensive transportation system in the world. The New Jersey Turnpike that was opened in 1951 allows speedy car travel between North Jersey, leading into New York and South Jersey into Philadelphia. The Hudson-Bergen and the River Line light rails which were opened in the early 2000s have significantly contributed to urban revitalization of this state.

New Jersey is home to more diners than any other state of the USA. With its long stretches of beaches along the Atlantic Ocean, world-class universities, leading technology and biological science centers, nationally known golf courses and preserved natural areas, New Jersey is a beautiful place to live in.

Being one of the more diverse states in the country, more than one hundred and fifty different languages are spoken here. After English, Spanish is the second most spoken language in New Jersey. However, all important state documents and forms are required to be printed in the English language only.

For many of the Deaf and hard of hearing individuals of this state, American Sign Language (ASL) is their primary mode of communication.

There are a few key things to consider when providing ASL interpreting services in New York City.

  1. Certification and training: In order to provide professional ASL interpreting services in New York City, it is important to have the necessary certification and training. This typically includes a bachelor’s degree in interpreting, along with certification from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) or another recognized interpreting organization.
  2. Knowledge of the local deaf community: It is important for ASL interpreters in New York City to have a strong understanding of the local deaf community and its needs. This includes knowledge of local resources, events, and organizations that serve the deaf community.
  3. Cultural competency: New York City is a diverse city with a wide range of cultural backgrounds. It is important for ASL interpreters to be culturally competent and adapt to the needs and preferences of the individuals they are interpreting for.
  4. Flexibility: ASL interpreting services in New York City can be needed in a variety of settings, from medical appointments to business meetings to social events. Interpreters must be flexible and adapt to a wide range of environments and situations.

Overall, providing ASL interpreting services in New York City requires a strong combination of education, knowledge of the local deaf community, cultural competency, and flexibility. By meeting these requirements, ASL Interpreters can help ensure that deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the city have access to the information and resources they need to fully participate in their communities.

Inclusive Communication Services was founded by two professional sign language interpreters, Tyler Herron and Shelby Edwards, and is powered by a diverse team of accessibility professionals, operating across the northeastern region of the United States, serving New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts. It is devoted to providing custom services that meet a diverse range of consumers, budgets and timelines.

Since starting, Inclusive Communication Services has expanded its accommodation services throughout the Northeast, emerging as a leading, dependable community resource for holistic and economic accessibility solutions. ICS continues to raise the bar for the accessibility profession through industry-leading commitments to ethical services, continued professional development, provider-friendly contracting and community-support initiatives.

ICS’s mission is to provide affordable, reliable and quality resources for premium spoken and sign language interpretingtranslationcaptioning, and media accessibility services. Inclusive Communication Services is committed to providing premium ADA compliance (Americans with Disabilities Act) through reputable service professionals. Their services include sign language interpreting, spoken language interpreting, translation, caption transcription and media accessibility services for the Deaf, Deaf Blind, Blind, low-vision, late-deafened, hard of hearing and Limited English Proficient (LEP).

ICS is dedicated to improving inclusion in our local communities by contributing pro bono services to budget-restricted organizations and donating to inclusion-expansion efforts in underfunded schools for the Deaf.

Inclusive Communication Services aims to improve inclusion in the community through affordable accommodation services and by awareness of the American Disabilities Act and accessibility best practices. ICS works tirelessly to ensure our clients receive individualized and inclusive accommodation services that omit the anxiety of language boundaries.

Our highly motivated, credentialed and renowned American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters and spoken language interpreters are always  prepared to go the extra mile to create inclusive and equally accessible events, media, and workspaces.

At Inclusive Communication Services, we are determined to improve inclusion in the communities we serve through premium interpreting, translation, captioning and media accessibility by making every service request an inclusive experience at an affordable price.

What Our Customers are Saying...

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

John Horodyski
March 16, 2023

Thank you Inclusive Communication Services for providing us with two excellent translators for our recent webinar. We look forward to using your services again in the future. John Horodyski, Executive Director, Salt Flats

Melissa Kiewiet
February 14, 2023

Inclusive Community Services helped us have interpretation services for the first annual Northern Slavery Collective conference. The organization is in its early stages, which is hopeful to expand publicly through a website and social media as a resource to the public and educational communities for understanding and learning about the underrepresented stories of enslaved people. ICS did an amazing job. We will definitely be using them in the future.

They Love My Splash
February 14, 2023

The booking process for booking an interpreter was very convenient. Inclusive Communication Services is amazing, as they assisted in making G.R.A.C.E. Granting Resources And Community Enrichment Inc. (non-profit) Yoga and Vision Board Party event a huge success. Erin's service offered the feeling of inclusion, being understood, and enthusiasm from an attendee. Erin was punctual, professional, and a pleasure to work with. Thoughtfulness goes a long way and the smile that an ASL interpreter was present brought joy to my heart as we did our due diligence for satisfying what was needed as a community non-profit. I highly recommend ICS!

Sage Pearson
February 7, 2023

Such a wonderful and thoughtful agency. I was nervous having never booked services for the deaf before, but their staff was friendly and helpful. Definitely made sure I got exactly what we needed!

Meg Sears
February 3, 2023

ICS has found us incredible interpreters literally within hours - I don't know how they do it! So grateful to this team!

Lisa Parkinson
January 10, 2023

The below is posted on behalf of my attorney: As an attorney in a large Personal Injury law firm in NY, we required the services of 4 sign language experts for a witness. These interpreters arrived timely, were professional and gave excellent translation. I would work with this company and their translators again, any time I need these services. I highly recommend them. Sharon S Trial Attorney

Brandon Heaps
December 30, 2022

ICS really helped us out when in a bind for a unique request. Interpreters were skilled and professional. Would recommend any day!

Dj Herron
December 29, 2022

We hired Inclusive Communication Services for a travel interpreting need to accommodate a Deaf student during a college semester abroad. Their staff was extremely helpful, prompt, and friendly during the entire experience. They went above and beyond to make sure we had an interpreter appropriately suited for the student's course of studies. We will definitely use ICS in the future!

Anna Ali
December 19, 2022

ICS has been a great company to work for. I've enjoyed being a part of their mission to provide inclusive accessibility to all different groups and look forward to continuing their work!

Alexia Collado
December 6, 2022

ICS, has great customer service, provides professional services from a supportive and courteous team.

Jason Mischel
December 2, 2022

Tremendous service and talent. Would use again.

Richard Schreiber
December 2, 2022

ICS generously supported our autism expo with sign language translator for our keynote speakers! Thanks to them for a great provider who did a wonderful job. Highly, highly recommend these folks. they are contentious, capable and do a wonderful job! Hope we can have them at our next expo!

Mariah Freda
December 1, 2022

I've had the pleasure of working with ICS on multiple occasions for theatrical performances. Not only is their work professional and exceptional, but they approach the arts with such passion and joy. I can't wait to book their services for our next show.

Sherrill Wayland
November 18, 2022

The ASL interpreters provided a wonderful service for our webinar today. Thank you!!

Austin Nathaniel
November 17, 2022

We are huge fans of ICS! Shelby has been a thoughtful, invaluable partner as we've added ASL interpretation and live captioning services to our events. Every member of the ICS team we've worked with has been a skilled practitioner and a joy to work with. Our audiences have been extremely appreciative of the added services and we are so glad to be able to include these elements in our events. We can't recommend ICS highly enough!

Adrianne Koteen
November 7, 2022

I had a wonderful experience working with Inclusive Communications Services. Amazing costumer service, speedy response time, and they were able to provide a last-minute accommodation of utmost quality and professionalism. Highly recommend!

Richard Hinojosa
October 25, 2022

Professional and proficient! We had a great experience working with these interpreters. Our Deaf and Hard of Hearing clients had nothing but great things to report about their work.

Lorie Stolarchuk
October 20, 2022

The folks at Inclusive Communication Services were wonderful to work with and offered prompt, flexible services to translate and prepare captions, transcripts, and documents for our open educational resource. A+

Pooya Dubash
October 14, 2022

Thank you for providing me with urgent zoom translation services for a client of mine, hope to meet you guys soon in new york. Lovely experience and the owners are a joy to work with.

Allison Day
October 12, 2022

ICS interpreted for a small staff meeting where skillful interpretation was essential to capture the nuances of the conversation and the personalities involved. We're grateful for the warmth and professionalism of our interpreter, and look forward to working with ICS again.

Andrew Fem
October 6, 2022

Inclusive Communication Services is amazing and I highly highly recommend. Shelby has been an INVALUABLE resource and all the interpreters we've worked with so far have been excellent. Also Village Hands is an amazing program that we definitely need more of. Can't say enough good things - 10/10 definitely recommend!

Michael Graziano
September 20, 2022

Fantastic service on very short notice - would highly recommend.

Laura Mattes
September 6, 2022

What a fantastic pair. Truly professional and the loveliest people to work with. They made my daughter’s day signing for her wedding day. They couldn’t have done anything more to have helped and made it all so easy for her. They are the best !!!

Simon M
September 1, 2022

Shelby and Tyler interpreted for my daughter both on a cruise and at her wedding. They not only are brilliant at their job but also lovely caring people. If I could give a 10 star rating I would. Highly recommend them and am hoping they are available next August on another cruise for my daughter. They are the best.

Samara Horwitz
September 1, 2022

They were friendly and easy to work with. They answered all my questions as quickly as they could. I look forward to using them again .

Katie Ramsey
September 1, 2022

Tyler and shelby have helped my family massively with interpreting my cousins wedding and interpreting for my cousin on one of our cruise holidays and hopefully many more to come. Without them my cousin would not have felt as at ease having to concentrate and lip read more than she can just to keep up with everything going on. They are wonderful at their job and even helping me and my other family members to learn more sign to be able to communicate with our cousin. Thank you Tyler and Shelby x

Sophie Mattes
September 1, 2022

ICS interpreted for my wedding and did the most incredible job. Without them my wedding would definitely not have been what it was. I didn’t miss anything thanks to them and felt at total ease knowing they were there for anything I needed. They were so so kind and their energy was just amazing. Couldn’t recommend them enough. I will be eternally grateful for them helping to make that day the most perfect day with no stresses about missing anything or having any issues with communication. So thankful for this company and the interpreters who were there!!!

Sam Schanwald
August 30, 2022
Clint Hughes
August 22, 2022

What a blessing! ICS saved the day. We were doing a Zoom and my camera wouldn't work. They didn't miss a beat and EVERYTHING was communicated correctly. Highly HIGHLY recommend ICS.

Jennifer Duran
August 19, 2022

Thank you to both Keimi and Jared! Amazing interpreting supporting our incoming family. Extremely grateful for the last minute accommodations. I look forward to our continued partnership.

Kathleen Warnock
August 5, 2022

Our theater, The Other Side of Silence (TOSOS) hired ICS for our first-ever ASL-interpreted performance and we were thrilled by their work. They sent interpreters before the scheduled performance to watch the show, and the owner herself made a point of attending. You couldn't do better than to use this indie, wonderful company for ASL interpretation.

August 5, 2022

Great owner! Shelby Edwards has a wonderful insight into the needs of both Deaf and Hearing individuals of the community. She’s extremely professional and has an amazing team that is responsive and considerate.

Danielle DeMatteo
August 4, 2022

We love using ICS for ASL interpretation for our theater productions. The interpreters are always well-prepared and enthusiastic, and communicating with the ICS staff in advance of the event is easy & reliable.

Michael Scheid
August 2, 2022

The staff is wonderful, helpful, and very professional and I highly recommend their services. They were able to schedule interpreters on short notice and the entire process was smooth and efficient!

Jared Lopatin
July 6, 2022

Inclusive Communication Services (ICS) are always respectful and considerate regarding their clients and their interpreters, handling each situation with compassion and attention to detail. The perfect mix of personal and professional, ICS truly caters to the needs of everyone who works with them.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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!

Tuthall & Wirtanen
February 24, 2022
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!

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.

Roy Atwood
February 15, 2022

Excellent company; love working with them!

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!

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!

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.

Oliver Click
December 13, 2021

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!

John P McEneny
July 26, 2021

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

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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