Learning Environment

A person using ASL

At the School of Deaf and Deafblind Studies, you will have the chance to practice your skills using technology in our new state-of-the-art deaf studies lab. Field education is also an important component of your training. George Brown College takes pride in developing relationships with organizations so students get the richest learning experience. Our partnerships with the Royal Ontario Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario provide our students with the unique opportunity to act as American Sign Language interpreters or intervenors for patrons.

Mission Statement

To prepare graduates to work as competent, bilingual-bicultural, professional and ethical ASL – English Interpreters in a variety of settings with diverse individuals while respecting the socio-linguistic preferences of these individuals;

To prepare graduates to participate within the field of ASL-English interpretation, through work as practitioners, involvement with professional organizations, continuous learning and involvement within the communities they serve.

Our Vision

George Brown College, ASL-English Interpreter Program faculty’s vision is to be the program of choice, providing excellence in teaching and learning so that graduates are able to facilitate access and empowerment throughout society.

The ASL-English Interpreter Program is proud to highlight several stakeholder groups and partnerships that provide excellent opportunities for our students to garner authentic experiences while attending the program and post graduation. Enhancement of interpreting and ASL proficiencies and experiences are generously supported by the Deaf community and by Deaf and interpreter practicum supervisors and associations.

Our Program Advisory Members include stakeholders from The Ontario Association of the Deaf (OAD), Silent Voice Canada, The Ontario Association of Sign Language Interpreters (OASLI), The Canadian Hearing Society - Ontario Interpreting Services (CHS-OIS), The Provincial Schools of the Deaf and program Alumni.

Program partnerships include:

The Royal Ontario Museum - providing ASL accessible tours http://www.rom.on.ca/
The Art Gallery of Ontario - providing ASL accessible tours http://www.ago.net/access-to-art-group-visits
The Canadian Hearing Society, Workforce Literacy Program