Sign Language Interpretation

Sign language interpretation is a profession that helps people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing communicate with others. This profession requires knowledge of sign language as well as training in ethics and professionalism. Certified sign language interpreters are qualified to help deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals communicate their thoughts and feelings in a wide variety of situations.

Interpreters can work in medical, educational, business, or legal settings. Many interpreters are self-employed, while others hold positions at social services offices, hospitals, or large corporations. Sign language interpretation is also necessary for children, and many interpreters work in schools.

General sign language certifications include the Certified Deaf Interpreter or the National Interpreter Certification. These professional credentials qualify an intepreter to work in a number of situations. Interpreters may accompany the deaf person in their daily activities, help them communicate at the bank or doctor’s office, or translate programs such as church services or classes.

There are also industry-specific certifications for the legal field, performing arts, or medical field. These certifications are for interpreters with advanced training or experience in a specific field; for example, a translator with a legal certification can work in a court room, attorney’s office, or as a translator for a defendant in a trial. An interpreter who works in the medical field may help patients at a doctor’s office or interpret for patients visiting a counselor.

Finally, some interpreters are certified to work in educational settings. People who wish to work in elementary or high schools must receive advanced training in interpreting for children and working in classrooms. These interpreters must translate classroom lectures and discussions as well as facilitate communication between the child, his or her teacher, and other students.