HIRING INTERPRETERS FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE DEAF-BLIND
The effectiveness of qualified interpreters for communication between rehabilitation professionals and deaf-blind clients is discussed. Provision for an interpreter is required under the American Disabilities Act - ADA. Option for use of a paid interpreter instead of a friend or family member should be extended to the consumer, guaranteeing the consumer confidentiality. A qualified interpreter for the deaf-blind needs additional training and experience over the certification requirements of the National Registry of Interpreters of the Deaf (RID). The interpreter must be able to communicate using the mode of the consumer's choice, include visual information as well as auditory, express the emotional tone of the message tactually, use lighting and/or distance to best advantage, and use sighted guide technique and emergency procedures to transport the client from place to place. Strategies for finding, paying, and working with interpreters is included. AMERICAN REHABILITATION, vol. 21, #2, Summer 1995, pp. 19-22.
Raistrick, Kathryn, "HIRING INTERPRETERS FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE DEAF-BLIND" (1995). Vocational Rehabilitation. 6.