When many people think of sign language interpreters, they often have an image of hearing interpreters signing and voicing for their clients. But there is a slowly growing group of Deaf interpreters joining the field.
Deaf interpreters are an amazing addition to an interpreting team because they understand the Deaf culture and can expand and change the language to best fit their client. They can also communicate with a variety of types of Deaf clients. They can produce ASL ranging from pure ASL to more signed English, communicate with Deaf clients from different countries, in a highly emotional state, and others that strictly use home signs. They can match their communication style to provide successful communication to any Deaf client.
RID was developed in 1964 and it’s great to see how the interpreting profession has changed and grown!