Originally Posted by Mookie
Not really, the deaf customers have right to tell interpreters to stand up so that he/she can see clearly what the hearing speaker/professor speaks. Maybe the deaf student can not see blackboard that she/he stands in front of him/her. I know it may be dumb to request interpreter to stand but she/he has to follow customer's wish.
If I had a student who required I stand up the entire time for a four-hour class, honestly I would ask to be moved out of that class. I don't mean this in a hostile way. I know some interpreters who PREFER to stand and they would be better suited for that situation. But I get very bad lower back pain from standing and interpreting for long periods of time (oddly, it doesn't happen when I'm just SIGNING!) and if the only solution for the deaf student were "interpreter must stand," then I'd just trade with another interpreter.
Definitely there have been some classes, like phys ed or art, where it is totally infeasible to sit. I don't have a problem with that. And of course I've done platform interpreting where there is no option to sit. But if it is a traditional classroom setting, I won't stand for it! (ha ha...)