Interpreters employed by the ODS at Texas State are trained, certified professionals who are proficient in American Sign Language (ASL) as well as other methods of visual communication. The national RID membership established standards of ethical behavior to protect and guide interpreters as well as consumers. Texas State recognizes that the term consumer applies to students, faculty and staff. The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) Code of Ethics includes…
In order for an interpreter to provide the most effective interpretation of the lecture, he/she needs to prepare in advance of each class period. Copies of the course syllabus and handouts given in class facilitate this process. Preparation enables the interpreter to review specialized terms and diagrams, and check for the correct spelling of proper names. Some terminology has no specific sign equivalent and requires the interpreter to develop signs that are conceptually accurate.
The number of interpreters assigned to a student’s class varies. Here are some examples of the factors involved: length of class, professor’s lecture vs. administering a written exam, self-directed lab activities vs. ongoing oral directions, one-on-one discussion vs. group discussion.
An interpreter will wait for 15 minutes outside the classroom for a student to arrive. If the student does not arrive within that timeframe, the interpreter will leave, considering the student a “no-show.” Students are aware of this policy, and know that if they arrive after the 15 minutes, they will be without an interpreter.
Because interpreters communicate visually, it is important that they can be easily seen by the student during the lecture or meeting. During a meeting, the interpreter will sit or stand next to you. This allows the student to see both you and the interpreter at the same time.
In the classroom, the interpreter will need to be at the front of the class. This allows the student to receive the information while having visual access to the professor, the chalkboard, and overhead materials. The majority of the time, the interpreter will be standing to allow for a shift in positioning when necessary. This may feel awkward at first, but feel free to conduct your class in the manner in which you are accustomed. The interpreter will change position as needed to allow you to proceed with minimal distraction.
Interpreter Process/Lag Time
There is a slight delay in translating spoken English into sign language. Therefore, you may experience a delayed response to questions or feedback from the deaf student.
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Quick Reference to Communicating Through Interpreters in Compliance with the Code of Ethics
Request Interpreters/Cancel Interpreters
With advanced notice, the ODS can provide interpreting services for a meeting with a student, guest lecture, seminar or any university-sponsored event. To request an interpreter, contact the ODS Interpreter Coordinator. Additionally, whenever possible please contact the ODS as soon as possible if you need to cancel an appointment or class. This enables the ODS to cancel or re-assign the interpreter.
If you have additional questions or concerns regarding interpreting services for students who are deaf or hard of hearing at Texas State, please contact the ODS Interpreter Coordinator.
If you have additional questions or concerns regarding accommodations for students who are deaf or hard of hearing at Texas State, please contact the ODS Liaison Interpreter.