Rutgers University Catholic Center

RUCCOn November 14, 2015, ASL Interpreter Referral Service, Inc provided a wonderful space and luncheon at Rutgers University Catholic Center to support the first event for the Deaf Blind Community Access Network of New Jersey that came together to share their ideas. We are reviewing the surveys and we hope you’re as excited as we are to move DBCANNJ forward for the DB community in New Jersey!!

NJAD & NJRID National Conference

asl-11.9.15We were at the New Jersey Association for the Deaf (NJAD) and New Jersey Registry Interpreters for the Deaf (NJRID) National Conference last Saturday, November 7th.

It was a wonderful experience to see the two organizations to work together for the first time.   The theme “Unleash the Power of Diversity in the Deaf Community, NJAD & NJRID: Unity + Diversity = Strength” marks New Jersey’s first joint conference with our 20 plus years.   Kudos to Carrie & Monica and Thank you Phil & Doug for helping out ASL exhibit booth.   A wonderful day!

RIDconfASL Interpreter Referral Service, Inc. was at the 2015 RID National Conference, August 8-11 in New Orleans.

Full of training, connecting with fellow interpreters and experiencing the fun of New Orleans!

Thank you RID for all your hard work and Danielle Lieberman for your great support!

NCRA Convention & Expo

NCRAThe National Court Reporters Association Convention & Expo at the at the Hilton New York Midtown, July 30th August 2nd , was again the world’s largest annual gathering of CART captioners and court reporters. A wide range of continuing education seminars, exhibits, social events and networking opportunities made it a great place to be this weekend. Thank you Carolyn Lance and Kristina Hopkins for your support throughout the event.

National Interpreter Appreciation Day

Pic 2“We ❤ Our Terps!” Everyone at ASLIRS, Inc. wants to let our interpreters know just how much we appreciate your work. We know you have an incredibly difficult task but your skills and compassion for people who are deaf, deaf/blind, or hard of hearing shine through every day! Without you, the world would be a very “silent” place for so many people. Thank you!

Excellence in Medical Interpreting Workshop

IMG_0377 On Saturday, February 21, 2015, ASL Interpreter Referral Service, Inc. provided a workshop “Excellence in Medical Interpreting: Meaningful Patient Interviews”. With almost 50 attendees, the presentation by Brandon Morgan, BEI Master, NAD IV, NIC Master, SC:L and Hannah McNally, BS-Physician Assistant Candidate, it was very well-received.

The seminar detailed various medical conditions (diabetes, heart, cancer, GYN, and medications) and how to properly conduct interviews.

By coupling intent with hands-on language practice, attendees gained confidence in interpreting both routine and complex provider/patient interactions.

ASLIRS Sponsors the BH Sky Associates’ 6th Annual Cocktail Reception

ASL Interpreter Referral Service, Inc. (ASLIRS) was a proud sponsor of BH Sky Associates’ 6th Annual Cocktail Reception during the NJ State League of Municipalities (NJLM) conference on November 19, 2014.  The reception, which was the most successful to date, is an opportunity for NJ businesses and state and local decision makers to network and get to know one another.

The NJ State League of Municipalities conference was held from November 18-20, 2014 in Atlantic City, NJ.  The annual NJLM Conference was created to help communities do a better job of self-government through pooling of information resources.  It is the biggest conference of its kind in the state.

ASLIRS was an exhibitor at the conference.  Kathy Kady Hopkins, President and co-owner of ASLIRS, and Genny Trill, National Account Manager, manned the exhibit booth.  They provided conference participants with information and education about the need for sign language interpreting and CART services for people with hearing loss at the municipal, local, and state levels.

BH Sky Associates provides nationwide consulting services to help client identify, negotiate, secure, market and manage procurement opportunities and government contracts.  For more information about BH Sky Associates visit

Pictured left to right: Toni McDole, Michelle Hermelee, unknown participant, Genny Trill, Kathy Kady-Hopkins

ASL Interpreter Referral Service, Inc. Is Now a Federal Government Contractor


October 15, 2014                                                                Contact: Kathy Kady-Hopkins
For Immediate Release                                                                        1-800-275-7551


ASL Interpreter Referral Service, Inc. Awarded GSA Schedule Contract
Schedule 738 II Language Services


Somerset, NJ – ASL Interpreter Referral Service, Inc. (ASLIRS, Inc.) has been awarded General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule Contract GS-10F-219BA for GSA Schedule 738 II -Language Services.  This contract, with base five years and three five-year options to extend, will better enable ASLIRS, Inc., to provide comprehensive sign language interpretation and CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) services to businesses and organizations domestically.

Kathy Kady-Hopkins, President of ASLIRS, Inc. who herself is deaf, stated, “We are delighted to have received the GSA award.  It broadens our horizons to expand our expert sign language interpreting and CART (open-captioning) services to a much wider population of Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf–Blind people domestically.  This is in line with our mission to provide the most appropriate and excellent interpreting service to deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, and hearing people.  My business partner, Christine Sherwood, and I are passionate about this service because we are dedicated to “Helping People Succeed” by bridging the gap in communications.  We will accomplish this by screening and matching interpreter’s skills and qualifications to the specific needs of the client.

Founded in 1995, ASL Interpreter Referral Service, Inc. has been providing comprehensive communications solutions to organizations and businesses in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York.  ASLIRS’ mission is to support individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind by providing 24/7 sign language interpretation and CART captionists in all settings including hospitals, clinics, schools, colleges/universities, court rooms, state/federal offices, theaters, corporate offices, private residences, etc.  In 2008, ASLIRS was honored with the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 2008 New Jersey Small Business Persons of the Year award.