Interpreters are regularly used in academic environments to provide access to:
  • Instruction
  • field trips
  • club meetings or campus events
  • assemblies or lectures
  • counseling sessions
  • athletic practice and competitions

Interpreters are expected to prepare for the interpreting task, read materials that will be used in class, and sometimes meet with students who are planning a presentation in class. Interpreters must continuously work at increasing their fund of information to understand the material that is being presented in class. In this way the material presented is more coherent.

In the K-12 setting, the interpreter is often the language model for young deaf children. It is important that the interpreter have the skills needed to help the child develop sign language production and comprehension. Interpreters may also work with teachers to develop ways of increasing interaction between deaf students and their peers.

Sign Language Connection has provided interpreters in K-12 settings at several area public schools. We have also provided interpreter at institutions of higher learning; in community colleges and in PhD programs. At any stage of learning, consistency of interpreters is an important aspect of coordinating services. With consistency, students have more continuity in the signs that are used and applied to the subjects; the interpreters can prepare for each class, helping build the vocabulary base for the students. Sign Language Connection is careful to coordinate services in the public schools and universities to maximize learning outcomes.

SLC owners are experienced at advising schools on how to make their educational programs accessible. We have participated in IEP meetings in public schools and can provide in-service training to faculty and staff who interact with deaf students. Please read the following link to the RID standard practice paper regarding the use of interpreters in Educational Settings at: