Desert Echo provides service for a variety of settings One-on-one, small group, large groups, employment related, social services, medical, religious, education, mental health, and more.

We do not provide legal interpreting at this time. You can find  licensed legal interpreters in the state of Arizona at
About Desert Echo Interpreting Services LLC
Desert Echo Interpreting Services LLC offers American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreting. Joan Phillips began the business in Sept 2006. The Core existences of Desert Echo Interpreting Services LLC begins with providing empowerment and promoting the welfare of all. Our aim is to bridge the gaps expressed by business owners, and Deaf individuals who have had difficulty in obtaining professional interpreters for appointments , meetings, and work places. Desert Echo is a reliable resource to choose from, promoting individuals in the community and work places to accommodate their needs while supporting the  American Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1991.

Desert Echo's Mission
We provide a positive dialogue empowering independence, success, and dignity by facilitating communication access for the Deaf and Hearing to share their knowledge, skills, and abilities within the community equality. Desert Echo takes pride in demonstrating confidentiality, integrity, and professional business work ethics.
What is required when requesting an Interpreter?
All requests are required to be confirmed via email
Requester Name/ Div/Dept
Billing Address/ P.O. Number
Date /Time of Request
Fax number
Deaf Consumer’s Name
Describe Nature/Setting of Assignment

To request an Interpreter or price list:
Or call: 520-906-7224

Desert Echo Interpreting Service llc.
Please call 520-906-7224
Fax 520-578-9669
  1. Desert Echo Interpreting Service llc.
Owner Joan Phillips has been a resident of Tucson AZ since 1969, working as an American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter beginning in 1986.  The adventure and passion began when her son was born Deaf in 1981. Her quote often heard: “My son was born a teacher and his Mama was his first student.” She has the ability to identify with people from all walks of life and from all backgrounds. Joan has a genuine compassion and love for humanity, is willing to adapt to life's changes, and has an open mind which facilitates her understanding in each unique interpreting situation.

In 1988 she obtained an AZ state interpreting certificate, beginning her journey as an educational interpreter. She then advanced into freelance community interpreting in 1996, serving businesses, agencies, and organizations in the southwest.

Desert Echo was established as a direct result of Joan witnessing a high need for more choices of interpreting agencies in her personal life, as well as within the community. She obtained a National Interpreting Certification (NIC) from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) and  an Arizona State Interpreting Licenses registered with The Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  Desert Echo is registered with the State of Arizona as a corporation and can be found in AZ Procurement at and is currently open for solicitations . Desert Echo has also been recognized as an accredited business with the Better Business Bureau, listed at 

What makes Desert Echo different than other similar businesses in our community?

We accept day in advance and same day request without extra cost. If Desert Echo has an interpreter available we will cover the request. On those days Desert Echo cannot provide an interpreter a list of other agencies in the area will be provided

For repetitive jobs we strive to provide interpreter consistency, therefore promoting a comfortable trusting environment.

Joan Phillips, owner of Desert Echo Interpreting, welcomes your request and looks forward in doing business with you or your business.
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