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What is a Sign Language Interpreter?

An interpreter is a specially trained professional whose job is to convey the messages of people who do not share the same language, culture, or mode of communication.

The purpose of providing an interpreter is to allow hearing, deaf and hard of hearing people equal access to information and interactions.

People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing Communicate in a Variety of Ways:

  • Many use some form of sign language, usually American Sign Language (ASL).
  • Other modes of sign language may also be preferred (i.e. Signed English – a hybrid of ASL signs expressed in English grammatical order)
  • Others may prefer to use their own voice and/or lip read

Some FAQs

Q: Can anyone who signs be an interpreter?
Q: What is the role of the interpreter?
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