Interpreting for Effective Communication
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a qualified interpreter is defined as “someone who is able to interpret effectively, accurately, and impartially, both receptively...and expressively...using any necessary specialized vocabulary.”
Strategies for Coordinating Services
Consider various strategies and possibly a combination of services when coordinating interpreting services:
Gather information on the setting and topic to secure an interpreter who is familiar with the content, has the right interpreting skills, and is a good fit for the deaf person.
Honor the deaf person’s request, especially when highly technical information is being communicated.
Check in regularly with the deaf person. Feedback from the deaf person can ensure the interpreter is supporting effective communication access.
BEST PRACTICES IN ACCESS
Equitable Access Guide: Understanding Legal Responsibilities for Institutions (Section 9: Internships and Accessibility)
Deaf Medical Students (Planning Ahead: Deaf Students Participating in Healthcare Internships and Clinicals)