*Privacy and confidentiality are top priorities for Fingers Crossed Interpreting. Certain apps such as Facebook Messenger and FaceTime can require the exchange of personal information such as phone number, email, and social media account information. Please note that Fingers Crossed Interpreting Interpreters are expected to remove personal information as necessary from their devices and records and are not to use these or any other methods to contact any individual outside of the context of the interpreting situation. For any questions, comments, or concerns please contact Andrew Tolman at
**These capabilities, while always available upon request, are specifically being shared due to the current situation globally surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. With a shortage of in-person interpreting as an option, ASL Interpreters are working closely with the DHHDBD+ community to develop creative solutions to face the shortage head-on and fill in as many access gaps as possible. In more stable global conditions, Fingers Crossed Interpreting adamantly advocates for prioritizing individual access needs that often include in-person Interpreters, consistent use of Deaf Interpreters as part of the interpreting team, accurate live captioning, and other standard business costs, rates, and practices. Our current limits do not fully reflect the overall mission of FCI, and we appreciate your patience, understanding, and flexibility.
IMPORTANT UPDATE SURROUNDING
COVID - 19 AND ASL INTERPRETING ACCESS
Fingers Crossed Interpreting (FCI) remains committed to supporting the DHHDBD+ and ASL using communities in Portland (OR), Bend (OR), Salem (OR), Vancouver (WA), and surrounding areas. Currently, most of our community is practicing social distancing in accordance with CDC Suggestions and Mandates. However, we remain vigilant about creative solutions to access needs at this time while still respecting and prioritizing the health of all we work with. We also acknowledge that many people still have work and other life obligations that require access. As always, FCI prioritizes access and inclusion and is proud to offer qualified, community-backed ASL Interpreters for sliding scale and pro bono rates. At this time, requests for live ASL Interpretation at non-essential events are considered a health hazard and are therefore accepted by the discretion of interpreters and considered on a case by case basis. That being said, when available and where appropriate, FCI Interpreters can be individually available for video remote/relay interpreting via apps such as Skype, Blue Jeans, Zoom, FaceTime*, and Facebook Messenger* for a number of non-essential, community-based live situations** including, but not limited to:
AA / NA Meetings
Religious services, meetings, and classes
Health activities such as yoga or other guided workouts and meditations
Educational workshops or VLOGs
Online work trainings, meetings, and updates
Online entertainment or art such as Drag shows, tarot and astrology sessions, book or poetry readings, etc.
Political events, press conferences, announcements (written or verbal) where interpreters are not present.
Interactions at the store, bank or financial institution, veterinarian, car service, food bank, tax preparer, or in other public spaces where crucial information is needed and VRI or other remote Interpreter Apps are not available.
Please note that currently, reliably accurate live captioning is not readily available. However, Fingers Crossed Interpreting is working diligently with CymaSpace and their community partners to develop ways to bring live captioning services to the public for these and other situations. We apologize for the gap in total access and appreciate your patience while options are being explored.
To obtain an interpreter for medical, legal, emergency services, or social services of any kind please contact Signing Resources and Interpreters at (877) 512-2246 or
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