Sheila Ives is a former sign language interpreter for the deaf. From 1974 to 1980 she trained in ASL under deaf individuals and certified interpreters in Colorado, Texas and Tennessee since no formal college interpreter training programs existed at that time.
In 1980, she passed her screening with National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (NRID) and achieved the Comprehensive Skills Certificate (CSC) level. Since that time she has achieved other local and state level certifications and has served as an interpreter in seven states.
She uses a combination of ASL and PSE as needed. After a wrist injury she was forced to give up her full-time career interpreting for and tutoring deaf students, but she can still sign and is making her counseling services available to deaf and hearing impaired individuals who use sign language as their primary mode of communication.