Southern California’s oldest and largest American Sign Language interpreting agency.

LIFESIGNS, Inc. was established in 1986 as a non-profit organization with the purpose of providing communication access through sign language (ASL, PSE or SEE) interpreters to the deaf and hard of hearing communities of Southern California. As a non-profit organization, all proceeds are reinvested back into the deaf and hard of hearing community through our parent organization, the Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, Inc. We service 10 counties including: Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Kern.

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LIFESIGNS, Inc. strives to be the best, most professional interpreting agency for the deaf and hard of hearing communities of Southern California. A service agreement or contract is required before creating a request.

We are open 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM; Monday through Friday. We observe all state and federal holidays.

Request interpreters online 24/7:

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  • Los Angeles
  • Orange
  • Kern
  • Antelope Valley
Phone: (888) 930-7776 or (323) 550-4210
Fax: (888) 227-5021 or (323) 550-4215
  • Riverside
  • San Bernardino
Phone: (888) 930-7776 or (323) 550-4210
Fax: (888) 227-5021 or (323) 550-4215

(800) 633-8883

Between 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. weekdays.

Any time during Weekends or Holidays.



Interpreter Referral:

Provide sign language interpretation in manual, oral and tactile modes for agencies, organizations and individuals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Communication Aids:

Cued speech transliterators and referrals to Real Time Captioning available upon request.


Individualized Requests:

Individualized Requests: LIFESIGNS makes every effort to work with its consumers to meet their individual communication need(s).

More Information:

  • Why do I need a professional interpreter?

    Communication with a deaf or hard of hearing person through writing takes, on average, five to six times longer than speaking or using a sign language interpreter. It is cumbersome, always limited in its content and often results in misunderstanding. Written communication is effective only when the communication is brief and simple.

    Relying on speech or lip reading is a risky venture. It is a fact that even the most talented speech reader is able to recognize only 30% of what is said on the lips. The remaining 70% of the message is left to guesswork.

    To ensure that your communication is conveyed and understood in the way you want it to be, a certified interpreter is the most effective method to use. Often, people will ask “Why can’t I use a friend, family member or someone who knows sign language to ‘interpret’ for me?” There is a world of difference between a professional interpreter and a signer. To understand the difference, one must understand the complexities of interpreting.

    The task of interpreting is really quite complex. It requires an individual to have fluent command of both languages, as well as excellent recall and short term memory. An interpreter must translate from one language to another while simultaneously listening, storing new information and recalling what is being said.

  • Methods of communication
    • ASL – American Sign Language
    • TACTILE – Deaf and Blind Community
    • TRI-LINGUAL – ASL, Spanish (spoken) and English
    • CDI – Certified Deaf Interpreter
  • How to request an interpreter

    1. Fill out a LIFESIGNS Service Agreement and return it to us.
    2. We set you up with an online profile and account with LIFESIGNS.
    3. Go online and make your request, providing as much detail as possible.

  • Becoming a LIFESIGNS freelance interpreter

    To ensure the provision of professional and qualified services, LIFESIGNS has a team of certified staff community interpreters and a large pool of independent subcontractors and provisional interpreters, all trained and competent to provide a wide variety of professional services.

    If you are an RID or EIPA certified sign language interpreter who is interested working with LIFESIGNS, please send your cover letter, resume and proof of certification to:

    2222 Laverna Avenue
    Los Angeles, CA 90041
    Phone: 323-550-4210
    Fax: 323-550-4215




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LIFESIGNS, Inc.2222 Laverna AvenueLos Angeles, CA 90041

Barbara Mathis, Chair
Dr. Patricia Hughes, President
Pauline Annarino, Treasurer
Cindy Herbst, Secretary
Karen Bowman, Representative on GLAD Board


LIFESIGNS, Inc. is a subsidiary of Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, Inc. (GLAD, Inc.)

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