Responsibilities of the Hearing Consumer

  1. Accessibility

  2. Scheduling

  3. Control the situation as you would with a hearing person. (Interpreter does not equal babysitter or teacher, etc.)

  4. Let the deaf person know what you expect of him

  5. Speak directly to the deaf person

  6. Be aware of lag time. (Allow the deaf person time to respond, especially in group situations, one person at a time.)

  7. Be sensitive to placement of the interpreter for more effective communication

  8. If the deaf person doesnít understand explain in a different way, paraphrase or use examples

  9. Use visual aids

  10. Make sure the meeting place is accessible, i.e., lighting, risers, sound system, etc.

  11. Be aware that the interpreter is obligated to interpret everything that is said or signed.

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