Among the deaf and hard of hearing community there are a variety of signers who communicate in a variety of ways. Graham offers an array of services in order to best match the communication preference of the client. The following is a brief description of the various communication methods our interpreters provide:
American Sign Language is a natural language used by members of the Deaf community in the United States and parts of Canada. ASL, unlike PSE and SEE, is a rule-governed communication system and exhibits all of the features of language. ASL is a visual language without a written form. ASL is produced through signs, body language, movement, and facial expressions. ASL is the most commonly requested interpreting service.
Pidgin Signed English, also referred to as contact signing, was developed through a mixing of ASL and English. This type of signing, like ASL, has no written form. This variety of signing arises from contact between sign language and an oral language. It is common in signing communities that are exposed to hearing communities.
Signed Exact English, also known as SEE2, is a sign system that combines initialized signs, English grammatical structure, and English suffixes.