Working with an Interpreter
Before the session:
- Be flexible with seating arrangements. The interpreter will arrange the seating/positioning to facilitate the best viewing angles.
- Allow adequate lighting on the interpreter for signing to be visible.
- When possible, please provide any notes, outlines or handouts to the interpreter. If reading extensively from written materials, consider providing both the client and interpreter with a copy.
- If planning to show a video/movie, choose media with Closed Captioning (CC). Allow interpreter to assist with enabling the Closed Captioning settings on the TV/computer when needed.
During the session:
- Speak directly to the D/HH person using first person address.
NO: “Tell him..” or “Ask her..”
YES: “Do you..?” or “What is your..?”
- Speak naturally – the interpreter may ask you to slow down or repeat information as needed.
- Look at the Deaf person while speaking even though they will be mostly looking at the interpreter. Your eye contact, body language and facial expressions are important for communication.
- Do not ask interpreter to edit or censor any information.
- Interpreter will interpret any audible information; Avoid discussions that you don’t wish the other person to know.
- Interpreter will remain neutral and unbiased, and therefore, cannot council or advise either the Deaf or hearing on any matters not related to communication issues.