Sign Language Interpreter FAQ
Q: What is a professional sign language interpreter?
A: A professional sign language interpreter is someone who:
- Has passed an Interpreter Certification exam, either nationally or state
- Is bound by the Code of Professional Conduct (national certification) or the Code of Ethics (state certification)
- Is required to do yearly continuing education
- Maintains strict client and customer confidentiality
Q: What does a sign language interpreter do?
A: A professional sign language interpreter will:
- Come to your physical location or work with you remotely through the internet
- Will sign everything that is spoken
- Will speak everything that is signed
- Will provide culturally correct interpreting
Q: Why should I hire an interpreter?
- Interpreters make communication quick and smooth
- Interpreters make communication clear and unambiguous
- Interpreters allow hearing and deaf people to communicate using their native languages
- Interpreters protect you from miscommunication and resulting legal liability
- The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires public entities to provide accessible communication for deaf people
- Read a concise explanation of the ADA, Title III as it applies to business.
Q: Are interpreting services free?
A: No, services are not free. There is a cost to hire an interpreter. However, the government does, in some instances, offer tax incentives to help cover the cost of sign language interpreters.
Q: How do I request a sign language interpreter?
A: Call TSHA Interpreting Services: 888.311.3523 or 918.832.8742 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.