It happens to everyone. When it happens to me gently put your arm around me and softly remind me not to explain Deaf culture to the Certified Deaf Interpreter.
A badge that says “ASL Interpreter” will get you past security in an uncomfortably vast number of places; use your power only for good.
Don’t get freaked out interpreting in a room full of interpreters:
Half are thinking “better you than me”; and,
the other half are just happy to be in public wearing a shirt with a pattern.
If your client is:
- In a hospital bed;
- In handcuffs; or,
- Crying at her desk
“how are you” is a stupid opener.
Scared and Unqualified are two very different things.
Never preface an educated professional statement with an apology.
(I’m sorry but…)
“Doctor, the reason she is not responding is you told her to close her eyes.”
Interpreting! It takes a mind boggling amount of work to make it look easy.