MJ's joyful, intuitive nature and instinctual resilience led her to a career as a professional sign language interpreter. She has worked with Deaf communities accross the U.S. and has taught interpreting at the University of Southern Maine. Nationally Certified through the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID), MJ has experiences working with a wide variety of clientele including the Maine State government, community work in the educational and mental health sectors, human services, as well as corporate and theatrical concert settings. During her time as an instructor and mentor in the University of Southern Maine's Interpreter Training Program, her goal was to foster the growth of the American Sign Language Interpreting profession.
In 2010, MJ Grant extended her professional reach and advocacy for services for the D/deaf community when she established her private practice interpreting company, Mary Jane Grant Sign Language Interpreting Services. in 2020, the State of Maine and Maine's Deaf community awarded MJ the Ginny Hewes-Advocate for the Needs of the Deaf Community.
MJ manages her business and advocacy work in between moments of happy chaos at home with her husband, four children, and as a care-giver for her Deaf mother who has dementia.
Her real gift, however, is translating and interpreting the human heart. It is her mission to open her own heart and create space for others to do the same.