Author: Priscilla McNealy
Hey there! I’m Priscilla McNealy. Wife, Mom, member of the Alabama Army National Guard, and CEO and founder of Royal Signs Interpreting Agency. I am a CODA which means that I am a child of a Deaf adult. I was born into the Deaf world and American Sign Language is my first language. As a CODA, I saw my Deaf parents experience discrimination and oppression. I realized that the primary reason that my parents experienced this is because there was a lack of knowledge about Deaf culture. My mission is to educate people and entities that being Deaf is not a disability, it is a lifestyle. As a result, I founded Royal Signs Interpreting Agency and I am on a mission to bridge the communication gap between the Deaf and Hearing communities. There are over 70 million Deaf people in the world who are more than worth connecting to! Royal Signs also helps corporate brands increase their loyal customer base and their revenue by tapping into an untouched market and provide training, captioning and transcription services as well as keynote messages at events. Royal Signs has worked with brands such as The Clinton Foundation, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, The Unites States Postal Service, and National American Miss. When I am not busy running Royal Signs Interpreting and serving my country, I enjoy traveling with my husband and four children.

Why CODAS Should Teach Their Spouse ASL: I’m Pregnant and Can’t Go Into a Room Full Of Radiation

Two summers ago, my dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Unfortunately during this time, we were still working on getting an interpreter. (The medical facility had to be educated on ADA laws,…
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Why CODAs Should Teach Their Spouse + Children ASL

I really shouldn't have to write this, but I feel that I need to - this is a touchy subject for some. Why are there so many CODAs with spouses and…
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Why I Decided To Start Taking Care Of Me First

Warning, this is a transparent post. However, I wrote this in hopes that it helps someone. Being an interpreter or business owner period can be super crazy if you’re not…
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My Nightly Routine

As a business owner (or even a freelance interpreter) having a routine and sticking to it can be one of the best things you can do for yourself. I plan…
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3 Reasons Why I Let God All Up In My Business

When I let God all up in my business… He gives me a sound mind so that I can work on my businesses with no distractions. I had a REAL problem…
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Why I Don’t Lower My Prices

The other night, I was having dinner with my girlfriends and came to the realization that even after raising my prices, I was STILL undercharging. So after some soul searching,…
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Other Than RID, What Other Sign Language Interpreting Organizations Are There?

Hey aspiring interpreter... It is important that you know about and are a member of organizations other than RID. For example, most states have their own RID chapter. Currently, I am…
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Beauty For Ashes Hair Salon and Color Bar is Deaf Friendly!

I went to Beauty for Ashes Salon and Color bar and fell in LOVE with the atmosphere. Everyone in the place was friendly and I felt ZERO negativity. I enjoyed my experience there…
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What Laws Mandate The Provision of Sign Language Interpreting?

So you want to become an interpreter, huh? Are you ready? Get your pen and paper, and get familiar with these laws. Your career depends on it. Keep in mind…
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How Did Sign Language Interpreting Come To Be A Profession?

Back in the day, before RID came into existence, there were people who were interpreters for family and friends. Interpreting wasn't their main job. They had a regular 9-5 and some…
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