Translators Associations Europe: ANIMU

In response to the need to regulate training in Sign Language Interpretation

Translators Associations Europe: ANIMUThe Historical Association of Sign Language Interpreters (Associazione storica degli Interpreti di Lingua dei Segni or ANIMU) was founded in 1987. Based in Naples, this translators association was born at the hands of a group of professionals who were starting to feel the need to regulate training in Sign Language Interpretation.

The mission of this translators association includes representing and defending the moral, economic and legal interests of its members; providing interpreting services from Italian Sign Language and vice versa with the exclusive use of professional interpreters – ANIMU has its own register of interpreters certified by the Professional Certification of Competence that professionals achieve by passing an exam consisting of a theoretical test –; and promoting and disseminating Italian Sign Language.

This translation association promotes study and work groups of Italian Sign Language interpreters, as well as upgrading and skills training.

Collecting and disseminating information regarding the profession is also a concern of the Italian organization that signs agreements and contracts with other organizations having the best interest of its members at heart.

This translators association wants to make sure that there is ethics and social respect for the work of Italian Sign Language interpreters in order to achieve the best conditions and self-employment and employee benefits to its members.

ANIMU‘s list of goal is complete with the promotion of legal recognition of the profession and the defense of the interpreters copyrights; the advice on interpretation service at the Public Administrations, Private companies, bodies and institutions; and the representation of Italian Interpreters in similar foreign or international organizations, as well as with agencies of the United Nations, at the European Union, in the Boards and research institutes.
In order to address the problems of the class in the interpreters region of origin, this translation association has regional headquarters in almost all Italian regions.

Social goals
ANIMU has another mission, one that is focused on the society and, specially, on deaf people. It wishes to ensure communication through sign language, for instance by promoting initiatives aiming the participation of the deaf both at the institutional level and at the level of pure information.
The ultimate social goal of this translators association is to improve the quality of life of deaf people using Italian Sign Language interpreters as a mere instrument of communication to ensure proper conveyance of the message from the caller to deaf and hearing.


In recent decades an Italian Sign Language interpreting service was a mirage, but with the beginning of research on Sign Language, which has greatly contributedto the process of identification of Italian Sign Language as a real language, the figure of the interpreter took a professional profile by purchasing an increasingly important role in the cultural community and the deaf and acting as a link between the two languages and two cultures.

It was not until the late '80s, with the birth of this interpreters association, that Italy began seeing Sign Language interpreting as a real profession – in the United States of America, interpreters became aware of the possibility of being seen by professionals for the first time in 1964.


To become a member ANIMU, one must have a high school diploma or degree; be a Sign Language certified interpreter with at least 1200 hours; and take a test of art with a committee appointed by the translators association.

ANIMU is a member of the European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters.

Keep in mind that Italian is the official language in Italy, a country with around 60 million people.

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