Ask Angie ASL – Independence
People who are deaf or hard of hearing, will use an interpreter to facilitate communication. This allows them to express themselves with less of a communication barrier.
- Speak to the deaf person; not to the interpreter.
- Refrain from using language like; “tell him, I said….”
- Remember that the interpreter is there to translate what the deaf person is saying; not to interject they opinions or feelings about the conversation.
Note: ASL is a multi-sensory form of communication that helps children acquire vocabulary more quickly and efficiently.
Angie Craft author and teacher brings over 26 years of experience in deaf education and is committed to serving the deaf community. Keenly aware of the isolation that deaf students often experience, Angie developed and wrote HandCraftEdASL to bridge the communication gap between deaf children who primarily use American Sign Language and their parents, peers or educators. www.handcraftedasl.com
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This post originally appeared on our July/August 2012 Magazine