No discussion regarding hiring qualified interpreters is complete without an understanding of the definition of "qualified," as it pertains to the Americans With Disabilities Act, state regulation, and the concept of "effective communication."
Useful For: Administrators, Disability Services Professionals, Employers, New Users
The role of the interpreter appears to be very straightforward—to effectively facilitate communication between deaf individuals and those who are hearing. However, the complexities of the task, the varieties or types of visual interpreting, and the enormous range of qualifications brought by the interpreter make it anything but simple.
Useful For: Audiologists, Disability Services Professionals, Employers, New Users, Teachers
Regardless of one's role in administering an assessment—as a professor in a college course or a psychological examiner conducting an evaluation—test providers recognize the importance of obtaining an accurate measurement of student learning, knowledge, abilities, attitudes, and skills.
Useful For: Disability Services Professionals, Interpreters, Parents, Teachers
This collection of handbook templates is designed for a disability support service provider to download and personalize for his or her institution's needs. These handbooks contain information for orientation to and standardization of procedures as well as general information about how these service providers can work effectively within a postsecondary education setting and with deaf students. Templates are included for faculty, interpreters, note takers, speech-to-text providers, and students. (Revised: 2017)
Useful For: Administrators, Disability Services Professionals
Interpreting and speech-to-text services are commonplace accommodations for an audience that comprises several deaf individuals who rely on different communication modes (e.g., ASL, lip reading). This type of dual accommodation most often occurs at large magnet events such as conferences. Dual accommodation for an individual student in a postsecondary setting occurs less frequently but is appropriate under certain circumstances.
Useful For: Disability Services Professionals, Interpreters, Teachers
Although visual language interpreters have become more visible and prominent in the classroom since the Americans With Disabilities Act was passed in 1990, they have been a part of the educational landscape since the early 1970s. Still, their role is often confusing and distracting.
Useful For: Disability Services Professionals, New Users, Teachers