Valencia Alumnus Achieves Local Fame as ASL Interpreter

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Alumnus Jonathan Sanchez — who works as an interpreter relations manager for Kissimmee-based ASL Services — has become quite the local celebrity for his role as an ASL interpreter during Orange County Government news conferences. Jonathan earned his Associate in Arts at Valencia College before continuing his education at Gallaudet University.

“Since March 2020, Orange County Government has held nearly 60 COVID-19 news conferences, and at each one of these, the county’s ASL interpreters are there, playing a critical role in making sure the county’s hearing impaired community receives equal access to the latest pandemic communications,” shared Samantha Kate Thompson, Orange County Government’s multi-media coordinator. “We often receive praise on social media for our ASL interpreters, in particular for Jonathan, and there is an apparent desire to know more about them and their profession. They have become ‘celebrities’ of sorts, often getting stopped by strangers in the public.”

In fact, Samantha added, Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings has called this team of translators “unsung heroes.”

Because of the public’s interest in them, the county’s team has created a video spotlight on the interpreters, including Jonathan. Check it out below.

For seven things you didn’t know about sign interpreters, visit the Orange County Government news site. 

1 Comment

  • Tamara Madison said:

    OH, MY GOD! I love this! This is amazing! I can't wait to share this!

    PMThu, 27 Aug 2020 13:29:50 +0000Thu, 27 Aug 2020 13:29:50 +0000pm20,1:29 pm

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