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.

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

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

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