What to consider and know before hiring an Interpreter:
- When the need for an Interpreter arises, it is best to contact us as soon as you know the date, time, location and details of the assignment. This will ensure that we can schedule the best Interpreter for your needs.
- You’ll also want to know as much of the following information, as possible: name of the deaf individual; their main mode of communication (American Sign Language, Signed English, etc.); any additional information about the event/assignment (schedules, agendas, order of events, copies of any presentations, etc.); an emergency contact name; and finally, if the deaf individual has an Interpreter preference.
A Sign Language Interpreter is a professional who exhibits fluency in both sign language and at least one spoken language (e.g. English or Spanish). In the United States, these two languages are typically American Sign Language (ASL) and English, respectively. The interpreter is responsible for interpreting between two or more persons, at least one of which is deaf. The interpreter adheres to a nationally established code of ethics. The Code of Ethics requires the interpreter to convey the intended content, spirit and tone of the message without editorializing. The interpreter must remain neutral and maintain client confidentiality at all times.
Certified Deaf Interpreters
The Disability Empowerment Center also offers Certified Deaf Interpreters (CDIs); interpreters who are Deaf individuals who have been trained to interpret for other Deaf or Hard of Hearing individuals who may have a limited knowledge of American Sign Language (ASL). If an individual is not fluent in ASL and uses a mixture of gesture/home signs or has a psychological or physical challenge preventing them from using ASL, a CDI would work with an ASL interpreter to facilitate communication between the Deaf patient and the hearing individual.
Times when you may need an Interpreter:
Our interpreters have been used for:
- Classroom instruction at all grade levels (including colleges),
- Conferences and workshops,
- Confidential personal meetings,
- Deaf/Blind clients,
- Graduations, weddings, and funerals,
- Job coaching,
- Lectures and presentations,
- Legal proceedings,
- Medical emergencies,
- Police actions,
- Private counseling sessions,
- Routine medical appointments,
- Routine religious services,
- Theatre, musicals, operas,
- Vocational rehabilitation,
- Work meetings at places of employment, company picnics, annual dinners,and many, many more.
Booking an Interpreter
To book an Interpreter or to contact DEC for more information, please visit our Booking and Contact page.