About 24 Hour Sign Language Services
About Debbie Grace, CEO/Owner
24 HOUR Sign Language Services was established in 1997 by Debbie Grace, with the mindset to provide quality services for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Debbie Grace, CEO, and owner of 24 HOUR Sign Language Services has been a professional sign language interpreter for over 26 years. Ms. Grace is nationally certified through RID (Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf) holding a Certificate of Transliteration (CT) and Certificate of Interpretation (CI) as well as State Qualified to interpret in legal settings in Colorado.
Ms. Grace has family members who are Deaf and has grown up with a heart to the Deaf community.
A long time ago my friend asked me, “Debbie, why did you become a sign language interpreter”? Well, all my life sign language has always fascinated me. I would see my Deaf grandparents interacting with their Deaf friends and be mesmerized by their facial expressions. I thought it was such a beautiful secret language! I cannot believe that I’ve actually been interpreting professionally for approximately 26 years. I love my chosen career and my agency, 24 Hour Sign Language Services. I’m truly thrilled to come to work every day.
About The Agency
I have approximately 40 independent contractors, all of which are RID members.
To become a RID member, one must fill out the RID membership form. On that form, there is a box that, once checked, is a promise to abide by the RID Code of Professional Conduct. Most of my independent contractors are RID Certified.
Before I hire an independent contractor, I interview them to assess their knowledge of Deaf culture, their skills, etc. I do this because it is my ultimate goal to match their skill level to my Deaf/Hard of Hearing consumers.
There are five categories I would like to describe regarding the use of certification. As I just explained that I hire both RID Certified and non-certified for the general community interpreting settings.
For educational K-12 settings, I only hire independent contractors who hold their EIPA State Certification.
In VRI (Video Remote Interpreting) I hire only RID Certified Interpreters.
In legal settings, I only hire interpreters who hold their SCL Certification, which is RID’s national specialty certificate for legal settings – and I also hire interpreters who not only hold RID Certification but also are State qualified to interpret in legal settings.
Lastly, I hire Certified Deaf Interpreters as well as Deaf individuals who interpret in settings but are not RID Certified. Thank you.