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About Us

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25 Years of Outstanding American Sign Language
Interpreting Services & Quality Interpreter Support

Interpreting Since 1993

Bridging the Communication Gap

President and CEO Michael Rizzolo began Interpretek in 1993 with a vision of bridging the gap between the hearing and the Deaf communicators. He quickly earned a reputation for delivering outstanding quality services, high ethics, leadership, and dedication to the Deaf and hearing professional communities.

This respectability led to Interpretek becoming the largest and most recognized referral agency in the greater Rochester, NY region. Over time, we have grown to carry the same renown at a national level. Our expertise goes beyond understanding American Sign Language – our knowledge of Deaf culture makes certain that we make appropriate choices when working with our clients.

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With an emphasis on sound customer relationships and the delivery of quality interpreting services, Interpretek remains committed to maintaining a hallmark reputation and earning the trust of our customers nationwide.

Video & Education

Creating resources for interpreters

We provide quality training classes and produce Online Focus, a virtual resource for advancing your interpreting education with optional CEUs. If requested, Online Focus can also be utilized as college curriculum support.

Creating resources for interpreters
Visiting with Nyle DiMarco at the annual Rhode Island RID Conference Visiting with Nyle DiMarco at the annual Rhode Island RID Conference

We provide financial and in-kind donations of our Online Focus continuing education program to countless state and national conferences and community event including the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf, Partners in Deaf Education, I. AM. Deaf Pride Camp, NTID’s 50th anniversary celebration, ASL Music Camp, Florida Silent Weekend, and many, many more.

Pro Bono at the Rochester Red Wings Game Pro Bono at the Rochester Red Wings Game

We support our local communities with pro bono services, such as for Red Wing minor league baseball in Rochester, NY, Knoebels Amusement Resort’s annual Deaf Day in Columbia County, PA, and at the Museum of Deaf Arts, History, and Culture’s events in Olathe, KS.

Commemorating the annual Deaf Fest Camp in Jamaica Commemorating the annual Deaf Fest Camp in Jamaica

We support international charity organizations, such as a residential school for orphans in Haiti, a summer camp for Deaf children in the Dominican Republic, and the Caribbean Christian Center in Jamaica.

Celebrating another successful year with part of the Interpretek team Celebrating another successful year with part of the Interpretek team

One of our core values is Relationships. We believe in fostering long-term connections with not just our peers, but also the community.

We Are Proud To Support

National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Since 2007, Interpretek has supported an endowed scholarship at the Rochester Institute of Technology for interpreting students at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, providing financial aid to two deserving students annually.

Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

Interpretek is an approved Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) Continuing Maintenance Program Sponsor for CEUs. We are also an RID and EIPA testing site.

Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Interpretek sponsors year-round fundraising activities for breast cancer research and similar causes, raising money and actively participating in awareness events.