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Ability Interpreting, LLC -- 7001 Christopher Road St Louis MO 63129 -- (618) 622-3320   

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Ability Interpreting is proud to provide you with an always-growing listing of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) providing you with a a great reference section to help familiarize yourself with a variety of aspects about not only the Deaf and Hard of Hearing culture you will be interacting, but also about dealing with Sign Language Interpreters.  Please contact us with additional questions not yet listed here.  We look forward to hearing from you.

How to Effectively Use
Interpreter Services

 

How to Interact With
Deaf and Hard of Hearing People

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Relax - Using an interpreter is not meant to be difficult.  

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Relax and smile.  Deaf and Hard of Hearing people want to make communication easier.

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Speak Naturally - not too fast, not too slow.  

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To get a Deaf or Hard of Hearing person's attention, lightly touch them on the arm or shoulder.

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Allow the interpreter to guide you in setting up the room/situation to maximize communication.  

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Face the person.  Eye contact is incredibly important when trying to convey communications to the Deaf.

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Maintain eye contact with the Deaf/Hard of Hearing client.  

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Look and speak directly at the Deaf/Hard of Hearing interpreter is with you.

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Do not say things that you do not want interpreted.  The interpreter ethically must interpret everything they hear.  

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Remember that noisy and environments with distractions in them make the communication harder to provide.

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Only one person should speak at a time.  This will reduce confusion and lost information.  

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While many Deaf/Hard of Hearing people rely on "lip reading/speech reading", only 30% of communication is captured by the best lip readers.

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Don't ask personal questions regarding the Deaf/Hard of Hearing client.  Ask the client directly.  

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Don't feel the need to shout or exaggerate your speech.  It only makes things more confusing and uncomfortable.

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Business Meetings, On and Off-site Seminars  

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It's a good idea to discard chewing gum and please don't smoke while speaking.  It hinders the communication process.

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Group or One-on-One Meetings  

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Remember to pay attention to your Deaf/Hard of Hearing user.  A puzzled look might mean you need to clarify or repeat your remark.


 


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