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Language Services Associates
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Action Deafness Communications

Language Services Associates and Action Deafness Communications Join Forces to Eliminate Language Barriers
First Partnership to Offer Video Remote Interpreting Services for British Sign Language and Foreign Language Support in the UK Through a Proprietary Platform

Redditch, England (May 4, 2012) – Language Services Associates (LSA), a global language services provider offering a full suite of translation, localization and interpretation solutions, is pleased to announce a new and unprecedented partnership with Action Deafness Communications.  Through this strategic partnership, Local Government Authorities, including recently Walsall Council, are able to meet their sensory impairment and foreign language requirements in a unique and innovative way.  Front-line services now have access to Action Deafness’ highly qualified and specialist British Sign Language (BSL) Interpreters, as well as LSA’s foreign language Interpreters, on demand through LSA’s cutting-edge Video Remote Interpreting platform.  The LSA / Action Deafness Communications partnership is the only UK entity offering a fully functioning, fully qualified, secure video-remote proprietary platform for obtaining interpreters in both BSL and foreign language.

Through a dedicated online Web portal, Council Staff have instant access to both organizations together.  The e-mail addresses and phone numbers listed on the dedicated website channel communications instantly to LSA and Action Deafness Communications simultaneously, allowing the Council seamless and trustworthy contact with both specialist organizations.  Users also have the option to book professional interpretation services online, over the phone or via e-mail.

“LSA’s partnership with Action Deafness Communications is consultative and inclusive, based on many levels of operational integration, and designed to offer a single channel of access to both spoken languages and high quality specialist deaf-related services and expertise,” said Jonathan Potter, European Commercial Director, LSA.  “We look forward to a long and very successful partnership for both organizations in their unified support for front-line Government services.”

“I am pleased to announce that Action Deafness and LSA are working together to provide a comprehensive range of services to both foreign language and Sign Language users,” said Craig Crowley, MBE, CEO of Action Deafness.  “I am confident that our joint commitment to quality and value for money services will enhance the range of services available to the clients that we support.”

About Language Services Associates
For more than 20 years, Language Services Associates (LSA) has been facilitating foreign language communication and eliminating multicultural communication barriers across various industry segments, including healthcare, government, financial services, manufacturing, education and life sciences.  With a focus on the latest innovations and newest technology solutions, LSA’s premier language-based services are completely customizable and have been designed to enhance the client’s overall experience, reduce costs and improve end-user efficiency and productivity.  Founded in 1991 by Laura K.T. Schriver, who still holds the title of President and CEO, LSA is proud to offer a full range of language translation services and language interpreter services, including Translation and Localization, Video Remote Interpreting, INTERPRETALK® Interpreting by Telephone, Face-to-Face Interpreting, American Sign Language and Intercultural Consulting.  With over 150 employees and a network of more than 5,000 Independently Contracted global Linguists, LSA fulfills the multicultural communication needs of more than 2,000 clients worldwide in over 200 language offerings.  For more information on LSA, please call 0800.234.1917 or visit us online.

About Action Deafness Communications
Action Deafness Communications provides Sign Language Interpreting as well as other forms of communication support for Deaf, hard of hearing, deafened and Deafblind communities.  The service currently employs five Interpreters as well as drawing on a large pool of freelance Language Service Professionals (LSPs).  The organization ensures that all LSPs are CRB checked and are registered with the National Register of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind people and have appropriate Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII), in line with the national minimum standards required for Sign Language Interpreters.  The service is completely confidential and available for use within a wide variety of settings, such as events and conferences, meetings and training sessions, medical and legal appointments and workplace interviews.  For more information on Action Deafness Communications, please call 0844.593.8443 or visit us online.