About Us

Meet the staff of Accessible Languages, Inc.

Fran Smithson



Fran Smithson, President of ALI, has been in the field or working with visually impaired and hearing impaired individuals for over 20 years.

Fran was employed by the Department of Human Resources (Raleigh Lions Clinic for the Blind-Evaluation Unit) and became very passionate in the field of deaf-blind. She trained at the Helen Keller Center in Sands Pointe, New York, and to this day says it was one of the most rewarding experiences she has had in her Profession.

She later attended Gallaudet University in Washington, DC, for their interpreter training program and also entered the Interpreter Training Program in UT under the direction of Marie Griffin. Her goal for ALI is to talk all languages and with the help of qualified and dedicated interpreters, to be able to build a bridge of communication for us all.

Sharon Byrd



Nicole Crudup
Nicole Crudup
Assistant interpreter Coordinator/Billing