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Helpful tips for hearing non signers working with interpreters for the Deaf
Helpful tips for hearing non signers working with interpreters for the Deaf
Helpful tips for hearing non signers working with interpreters for the Deaf
Helpful tips for hearing non signers working with interpreters for the Deaf
Helpful tips for hearing non signers working with interpreters for the Deaf
Helpful tips for hearing non signers working with interpreters for the Deaf
Helpful tips for hearing non signers working with interpreters for the Deaf
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Helpful tips for hearing non signers working with interpreters for the Deaf

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Working with a sign language interpreter during an interaction with someone who is Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing is a unique process. These few tips will assist you when communicating with users of ASL.

Working with a sign language interpreter during an interaction with someone who is Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing is a unique process. These few tips will assist you when communicating with users of ASL.

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  • 1. Helpful Tips for Hearing Non-Signing People when Working with an Interpreter
  • 2.
    • When you communicate with a Deaf or Hard of Hearing counterpart using an interpreter
    • Do not face the interpreter
    • Maintain eye contact with the Deaf person and not with the interpreter
  • 3.
    • When you are speaking
    • Speak clearly and even spell out some unfamiliar names ( i.e. name of a medication, unusual name of a person, etc).
    • Be prepared to pause while you are speaking. The interpreting process requires more time when two languages are involved.
  • 4.
    • When you are speaking
    • Address the Deaf person directly; avoid phrases such as, “ask her this…”, or “tell him to…” Talk to the Deaf person through the interpreter.
    • Make sure the line of sight is clear between the interpreter and the Deaf person, even when you are walking around.
  • 5.
    • When you hand out reading materials
    • Allow a brief silent time for reading
    • Wait until the Deaf person looks up before you start to speak again
  • 6.
    • Remember the interpreter
    • is bound by the
    • Code of Professional Conduct
    • which means:
    •  
    • The interpreter will interpret everything that is either signed or spoken in the room (i.e. phone calls, private conversations, environmental sounds, etc.)
    • Everything communicated in the room will be kept confidential
  • 7. Request interpreters online! www.partnersinterpreting.com Serving New England

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