Sign Language Video-Interpreting “On-Demand”,24/7, within 60 Seconds, with Enhanced 911, from Lifelinks, Serving the Deaf as Well as Ethnically Diverse Communities

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LifeLinks LLC, the largest sign language and video-interpreting provider, announces the availability of immediate access to its certified, experienced sign language interpreters over any computer monitor equipped with high speed broadband within 60 seconds. In addition, its sign language interpreter continuing education program is becoming affiliated with a large Boston-based university, assuring high quality as well as degree and non-credit courses to maintain the highest professional standards. For the first time, the requesting hospital, court, bank, school, etc. may even select the gender of the sign language interpreter as well as a particular interpreter with whom they have had a satisfactory experience in the past.

LifeLinks LLC has introduced a revolutionary new service whose applications in industry, healthcare, education and business are legion. Specifically, a deaf student attending law school, university,a trial, etc., can access a virtual sign language interpreter when an on-site interpreter is unavailable. There is nothing better than an on-site interpreter, however, in areas of the U.S. where one is unavailable, or where the quality of the interpretation may be below reasonable professional standards due to shortages, Lifelinks certified virtual sign language interpreter represents a cost effective way to access a qualified interpreter, even on short notice. The video- interpretation can be available to the student, from home or dorm, later that day, to review and to supplement her/his notes. No other company offers this range of services 24/7/365.

In addition, there are no minimum usage requirements or hardware costs associated with this service. The system is ubiquitous and available wherever adequate broadband is available. The advantages over ISDN-based service are ubiquitous access (rather than localized access), wireless access, and lack of per-minute broadband usage charges. Lifelinks can work with any broadband provider.The system is also available for foreign languages, such as Spanish, to serve ethnically diverse communities. Both the A.M.A. and JCAHO have taskforces concerned with the affect of language diversity on the delivery of, and access to, quality healthcare, and its affect on unnecessary medical error.

LifeLinks is actively seeking to support and fund schools for the deaf to increase the supply of sign language interpreters particularly in underserved areas of the U.S. LifeLinks also has computer note-taking and remote captioning capability. Lifelinks educational division is currently considering sign language video programming in first aid, cooking classes, financial management, automobile repair, dealing with hospitals, dealing with law enforcement, children’s pre-school television, education, etc.

Marketing partners include broadband providers, ISP's,managed-care organizations, HMO's,and companies that equip courtrooms for internet access by attorneys.

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