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What is deaf interpreting

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Updated November 26, 2011

Question: What is deaf interpreting
Answer: Deaf interpreters are very skilled at communicating information to deaf people, and they usually work together with hearing interpreters. Sometimes a deaf person is unable to use a regular hearing interpreter for a variety of reaons such as:
  • Not having an adequate base in regular sign language
  • Not speaking American version of sign language
  • Not being able to see well
In this type of situation, a certified deaf interpreter may be needed.

The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (www.rid.org) has a Certified Deaf Interpreter program for certifying deaf interpreters.

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