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Interpreting: Deaf Interpreter

  • By: Patrick Boudreault
  • In: The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia
  • Edited by: Genie Gertz & Patrick Boudreault
  • Subject:Physical Disabilities, Otorhinolaryngology (Ears, Nose, & Throat)

It is often assumed that sign language interpreters are hearing and serve as a conduit between spoken and signed languages in various settings. Therefore, the use of signed language interpreting in a traditional sense is quite common and is extensively described in the literature. Signed language interpreting can be performed in various settings, such as educational, medical, legal, workplace, or social settings, and can include Video Relay Services as well. However, there is an increasing trend of having Deaf individuals perform the task of interpreter within their own community; they are called a “Deaf Interpreter,” which is commonly abbreviated as “DI.” This type of interpretation began to take place long before certification for DIs was implemented. These bilingual and multicultural Deaf individuals also possess ...

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