What Do I Do When My Deaf Client Asks For My Input?

There will be times when your Deaf client will ask you for your opinion during an interpreting assignment.

What do you do?

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Your role during that time is specifically to break the communication barrier between the Deaf and Hearing parties of the assignment.

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That is all.

Sometimes your Deaf client may be having a hard time making a decision about something. This could take place in a legal, medical, or even educational environment.

When asked for your input during a legal or medical assignment, it is best to remind them that you are there to interpret, not give advice. You can suggest that they talk to a family member, or let them know that you’ll interpret any questions that they have with the doctor but that’s pretty much all you can do.

ESPECIALLY in a legal or medical environment.

The last thing you want is to be fined or have your interpreting career end for giving advice that could seriously effect someone.

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Interpreters, the most we can do is help our Deaf clients with paper work or filling out forms since sometimes the English may not be clear – this does not apply to all Deaf people.

While interpreting in an educational environment, specifically for younger children, your role is different. Sometimes you ARE THE TEACHER.

Some people may disagree with this and it’s okay.

Dive deeper and educate yourselves. Click here to learn more about RID (ethics) and here to learn more about EIPA (educational interpreting).

Send me a note and share some of your experiences! I’d love to hear about it.

Sign On,

Priscilla

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