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Sign language interpreters provide a communication link.

An interpreter makes communication possible between people separated by different language modes. Interpreters do not add or change information. The following are some helpful tips for working with interpreters:

  • Address and make eye contact with the person who is deaf, not the interpreter. Avoid phrases such as "ask her this..." or "tell him to..."
  • Allow the interpreter to position himself near you so that the student can watch both you and the interpreter.
  • Assure adequate lighting to facilitate optimal viewing.
  • Speak at a reasonable pace and slow down when large, technical words are used.