What is it?
iSign enables access and participation for Deaf people by providing professional and confidential New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) interpreting services.
iSign is a nationwide service enabling effective communication between Deaf and hearing people.
iSign matches job requests with available and appropriate interpreters throughout New Zealand.
iSign contracts more than 80 qualified interpreters who are all members of their professional body, ensuring a confidential and professional service.
Funding is available to cover a wide range of interpreting service jobs.
iSign staff can advise on available sources of funding. Funding information is also available on the ‘How it Works/Who Pays?’ page of the iSign website.
How does it work?
iSign interpreting services are provided in every setting, including:
- disability support services
- government agencies, eg: Work & Income, ACC
- legal appointments
- work places
- social events, eg: family reunions, churches, funerals, tangi and weddings.
“ I use NZSL interpreters at my work meetings so I can understand what’s going on and have my say. Without an interpreter it’s really hard and a lot of miscommunication happens.”