To provide support and professional development as well as promote ethical and professional behaviour among the membership. To advocate for professional recognition and to provide public education about the role of a Sign Language Interpreter.
Interpreters facilitate communication between parties who do not share the same language or mode of communication. Professional sign language interpreters are specifically trained in providing this service when Deaf, deafened or hard-of-hearing individuals are present.
The Ontario Association of Sign Language Interpreters (OASLI) is a professional association of ASL-English Interpreters in Ontario. It is an affiliate chapter of the Association of Visual Language Interpreters of Canada (AVLIC). OASLI members work alongside Deaf individuals and organizations to improve the quality of interpretation services through promoting the use of professional interpreting services.
OASLI is committed to:
- providing interpreters with professional development and networking opportunities
- offering venues for interpreters to share best practices, discuss trends and issues in the field
- upholding the standards set by the AVLIC Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Professional Conduct that emphasizes confidentiality, impartiality, integrity and accuracy of all interpreted information
- acting in an advisory capacity to service providers, agencies and interpreter training programs
- raising awareness about the field of interpreting through public education
A volunteer board of directors, responsible for the administration and governance of the Association, is elected annually by the membership. While OASLI is not a referral agency, a directory is published each year to provide information for contacting interpreters.
The Ontario Association of Sign Language Interpreters (OASLI) serves all persons regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, age, gender, education, disability or deafness in accordance with provincial and federal laws.