Originally posted on AD in the Deaf Community:
As a result of our latest victory, a faith-based Get Out the Vote hosted an event prior to election and our first request for a sign language interpreter was made. Hooray!!! As I proceeded with my professor in ensuring an interpreter was provided, we succeeded in making sure a sign language intepreter was present. It is really an awesome feeling to see your work in advocacy succeed.
Before I continue, I want to ensure that all the readers and followers of this blog understand the process in what it takes to secure a sign language interpreter and what it means to a deaf/hard of hearing person to have one. For starters, whenever a deaf or hard of hearing person needs to conduct business of any sort for themselves, whether its a doctor’s appointment, job interview or job training, education, attorney meeting, or any event or situation that a deaf person needs to communication accommodations, a sign language interpreter will be contacted. A sign language interpreter is someone who interprets English into American Sign Language (ASL) and English and vice versa. The interpreter must be fluent in both languages in order to translate from English to ASL and back again.