Originally Posted by Anij
Well - what do YOU think would make a "great interpreter" ?
How about you start with your views, then maybe we can jump in and add/clarify as needed.
Most of what makes a good interpreter should be fairly straightforward and logical.
Although I do have my own opinions of what a good interpreter would be, that is not what the assignment calls for. I would like an unbiased opinion from someone who has actually been a consumer of these services. As I am a hearing student of ASL, I have never had a need for such services. I have, however, been a client of such services in my workplace. From my own experience, my deaf co-worker shared with me that she prefers my signing over that of the current interpreter who has been contracted by our company. I found that the reason for her preference stemmed from the fact that she was 29 at the time she learned ASL, and she and I both attended ASL classes at the same local community college. She also shared with me that, although I am not a fluent signer or expert fingerspeller, she is sometimes confused by the often quicker certified interpreters. Surely this is not a blanket perspective of all deaf adults. Due to our work relationship, I assume that she prefers to sign with me because we have developed a personal relationship through many methods of communication. She and I have our own ways of creating effective communication. It can, at times, include signing, fingerspelling, as well as pencil and paper. I would simply like to have other input about interpreting experiences.