About Us

BSL translation provided by Helen Foulkes RSLT

What is ASLI?

ASLI is a professional membership association and support network for British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters in the UK. Our membership includes those who work as interpreters and translators and people who support our aims.

The aims of the Association

  • To encourage good practice in sign language interpreting.
  • To represent the interests and views of sign language interpreters and the interpreting profession in the UK.

Established in 1987

ASLI is the Association of Sign Language Interpreters in the United Kingdom. Since our founding, we have strived:

  • to promote the raising and maintenance of standards in interpreting
  • to encourage training and other initiatives
  • to provide information for interpreters and consumers
  • to promote research into areas of relevance to interpreters or interpreting services
  • to advise and cooperate with others interested in sign language interpreting

Our members have worked tirelessly and, for the most part, voluntarily to maintain and improve standards of service within our profession and to raise awareness of sign language interpreting within the Deaf and mainstream communities in order to achieve high levels of recognition and provision wherever possible.

ASLI is a membership organisation that encourages members to maintain and enhance their practice by offering opportunities for continuous professional development (CPD). We can also put interpreters in touch with a pool of mentors who have undertaken training specifically developed for those working in our field.

We regularly hold stimulating and informative conferences that attract presenters and delegates from around the globe.

For information about the registration body please see the National Registers of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind People (NRCPD). They have a complaints procedure should you not be satisfied with the service provided by an interpreter. In the first instance feedback should be provided directly to the interpreter, then their employer or agency if necessary or appropriate.