Title

IMPLICATIONS OF VISION LOSS ON THE INTERPRETING PROCESS

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1999

Abstract

This article provides in-depth information regarding sign language interpreting for individuals who are Deaf-Blind. It discusses the multi-dimensional nature of the interpreting role and that teamwork is an essential part. The interpreter is responsible for the transmission of substantial amounts of visual and auditory information and must consider a variety of factors prior to and during their assignment. The authors draw on 10 years combined experience in the field of deaf-blindness, as well as personal observance and informal discussions with consumers and professionals in the field. There is a comprehensive look at the accommodations that must be made prior to and during an interpreting assignment, especially when working with individuals who require tactile or restricted space interpreting. Five categories of vision loss are referenced and their impact on the interpreting process. The authors include topics to consider prior to an assignment, such as personal hygiene, responsibilities, and clothing choices. Recommendations are also listed upon arrival to the assignment, including expectations during the meeting. Proceedings of the 16th National Convention of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

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