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Interpreter Information

Information for Instructors

Suggestions For One-to-One Classroom Communication:

  • Interpreters are available for meetings or the students may communicate fine without an interpreter in a one to one communication. Often students may prefer to write notes back and forth. However, you or the student may request interpreters. To request an interpreter contact DRC. Three days notice is requested but all requests will be filled if possible.
  • When using an interpreter, speak directly to the student. It is not considered appropriate to say, “Tell her I need this.” or “Tell him that.”
  • Some students can lip-read on a limited basis while some cannot. It is perfectly acceptable to ask them if they lip-read or ask what works best for them.
  • There is no need to exaggerate lip movement, etc. Speak naturally to the student.
  • Maintain natural eye contact. Speech reading is impossible if you turn your back or you reach for a file, etc.

Suggestions For Classroom Communication:

  • Sign language interpreter
  • Front row seating if requested
  • A note taker
  • It is not possible to look down to take notes and also “hear” the interpreter or read lips.
  • Captioned Movies
  • Contact DRC or Audio Visual for assistance prior to the use of captioned movies.
  • If your class has a field trip or other project such as a classroom presentation or study group, an interpreter is available upon request and the student should be expected to comply with the requirement. Extended time on exams as requested.
  • The language barrier and the processing of language may justify extended time on exams. Contact DRC if you have questions or if this is requested.
  • The use of visual aids is helpful. Write important information on the board or use Power Point Slides.

It is important to note that while the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires academic accommodations and effective communication, students are still required to be a qualified student and to satisfy the essential functions of a course. If you have any questions please contact DRC for clarification.

Contact Us

Phillip Pownall | Director of the Disability Resource Center | 904-819-6460