Who We Do It For
The best way to keep yourself informed and knowledgeable about this field and the uses for it is to read more into the subject. In order to make it easier for those of you needing to know more about interpreting and when to place an interpreter, below we have added the most frequently asked questions related to the Sign Language Interpreting industry.
Why do I need to provide a Sign Language Interpreter?
According to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), certain accomodations are to be provided to those that fall into their category of disabled. Under Title III, special needs to be met are called auxillary aids. Interpreting services are to be rendered as a auxillary aid for Deaf persons that use Sign Language as their many form of communication.
Can a family member fit the role of an interpreter?
No. This is a common misconception. Family members should not be interpreting as this is a profession. Family and friends may only know Sign Language in order to communicate but not in the advanced levels that interpreters do. American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreters are language specialists in English and ASL, they are more than familiar jargon and terminology associated with the given assignment, as family and friends are not.
Will it be just as useful to write back and forth?
Absolutely not. If an emergency situation has arised and both parties are awaiting a last minute interpreter, writing back and forth to get simple information, such as names, would be understandable. Just as a hearing person has access to communication, so does a Deaf individual. It is their right to receive effective communication rendered to them in their language, as well as for the hearing party to be information to be rendered to them appropriately in theirs.
How do I use an interpreter?
Always remember the interpreter is to remain neutral and impartial in the conversation. Let the Deaf individual and interpreter designate seating and/or standing for the remainder of the time. Speak normally and directly to the Deaf individual and do not worry about how slow or fast you are speaking, the interpreter will interject if somethings needs to be restated. Everything said will remain confidential with the interpreter. Only one person could be speaking at a time for the interpreter to effectively do his/her job. Please note the length of time of the assignment in order to assure how many interpreters would be suffice.