Deaf Interpreter

Kinds of Deaf Interpreters

Interpreters who are Deaf

The first kind of interpreters that may be referred to as “deaf interpreters,” are interpreters that are deaf themselves. This is the technical meaning of the word as it is used in the interpreting profession. Most people are unaware that there are deaf people that are interpreters, but deaf interpreters are essential in interpreting for some deaf people. A professional deaf interpreter is essential when a hearing person needs to communicate with a deaf people with minimal language skills or a deaf person from a foreign country. When a deaf interpreter is used, the hearing person will speak, then the sign language interpreter will interpret, which will be interpreted again by the deaf interpreter, who may use non-standards signs, miming, or drawing to communicate to the deaf person. Currently, the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf offers certification for those would would like to become a certified deaf interpreter. Deaf interpreters (hearing impaired interpreter) are very important in legal situation such as police interrogations or courtroom procedures, because of the importance that the deaf person fully understand the information.

Interpreter for the Deaf

Sign language interpreters are also a vital element in making sure that communication takes place for deaf and hard of hearing people. Individuals receive training to become sign language interpreters from Interpreter Training Programs, mentoring, and workshops. Many sign language interpreters have national certification from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf or state certification, typically referred to as QA (Quality Assurance). Certified interpreters are also required to take continuing education courses to maintain certification. Sign language interpreters work in a wide variety of settings, but are most commonly found in the medical, educational, business, government, legal, and video relay service fields.

Where to Find a Deaf Interpreter

If your organization is in need of a deaf interpreter, A-Sign interpreters provides deaf interpreter services. Fill out an interpreter request form to get a free quote.