1. What should I do?What should I do?What should I do?
2. Relax. There’s noneed to panic.
3. First, find out thetype ofaccommodationrequired.
4. When it comes toaccommodations,there is no “onesize fits all.”
5. You may be askedto provide:
6. An American SignLanguageInterpreter.
7. American Sign Languageis a beautiful, visuallanguage that isstructurally andgrammatically differentfrom English. It is NOTEnglish in signed form.
8. You may be askedfor a:
9. Signed English orPSE (Pidgin SignedEnglish)Interpreter.
10. Signed English is atransliteration ofspoken English. PSE isa combination of ASL(American SignLanguage) and English.
11. ASL, PSE, andSigned Englishlook the same tothe untrained eye,but they are NOT.
12. Or the person withhearing loss maywant an OralInterpreter.
13. Here’s a shortvideo explainingoral interpreting:(Click on CC for captions)
14. You might also beasked for a TactileInterpreter for aDeaf/Blindperson:(Click on CC for automatic captions)
15. Or – you may beasked for CART(Captioned AccessReal Time)(Click on CC for automatic captions)
16. Now that you know andunderstand the variousaccommodations fordeaf/hard of hearingpeople, you need toknow where to find thesetype of service providers.
17. To findinterpreters inyour area,contact:
18.  An Independent Living Center (may offer referral services). Local organizations that serve deaf/hoh people, such as speech and hearing centers, resource centers, etc. Schools/programs/colleges for the deaf if they are in your area - some run referral services or even offer interpreting services. Colleges that have interpreting training programs/sign language classes (maybe a student that has finished the program will be willing to interpret).
19. You can also: Try the yellow pages under Translators and Interpreters. Look for Interpreting Services listings in the TDI Blue Book or another TTY directory for the deaf. Use a search engine to locate interpreters in your area.
20. To locate a CART(Communication AccessReal Time Transcription)provider, go to:http://captionmatch.com/
21. Providing equalaccess to eventsopen to the publicis a requirementunder the ADA(Americans withDisabilities Act).
22. Because THIS:
23. is wrong.
24. For more information, pleasevisit:http://www.4ears4eyes.com