8 Tips for Speaking with your Interpreter Relax - Using an interpreter is not meant to be difficult. Allow the interpreter to guide you in setting up the room/situation to maximize communication. Speak Naturally - not too fast, not too slow. Maintain eye contact with the Deaf/Hard of Hearing client. Do not
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10 Tips for Speaking with Deaf or Hard of Hearing People Relax and smile. To get a Deaf or Hard of Hearing person's attention, lightly touch them on the arm or shoulder. Face the person. Eye contact is incredibly important when trying to convey communications to the Deaf. Look and speak directly
National Organizations: National Association of the Deaf (NAD) National Black Deaf Advocates (NBDA) Telecommunications for the Deaf, Inc. (TDI) The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) National/State Interpreting Organizations: Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) Missouri Interpreters Certification Systems (MICS, testing info) Missouri State Committee of Interpreters (SCI, licensure) Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing