Tips for Using ASL Interpretive Services
The primary reason people request interpreting is so that they can have the best communication experience possible.
Following are some tips to maximize the benefit of using interpreting services.
Three key factors:
- American Sign Language (ASL) is a visual language.
- ASL and English are two different languages.
- The goal is clear communication, which takes time.
Because ASL is seen rather than heard, visual distractions such as lighting and positioning become factors.
Admittedly speaking through an interpreter, takes more time than talking to someone who speaks your native language. However it takes much less time than writing notes, asking the deaf person to read lips, and relying on guess work.
CLEAR COMMUNICATION TAKES TIME