- Mar 4, 2007
- Reaction score
I attend a smaller-size private college, and my close friend/roommate/classmate is Deaf. The school finally (after almost a year of asking) got enough resources to give her an Interpreter about a month ago, and so far, it has worked wonderfully. I'd like to know how hearing students should best react to an Interpreter's presence in the class. Is it rude to look at you, the Interpreter, while you are doing your job? Would you prefer to be greeted by classmates or introduced to the class by the professor? I'd like to be able to pick up a few signs from my friend's interpreter, but I don't want to offend anyone in the process. Likewise, because almost everyone (students and staff) at our school knows that we are good friends, they will be looking to me to see what is best to do in class and out in this kind of situation. So far, I have greeted the Interpreter and gave passing glances at her while in lecture, and had conversations during down time. My friend and I will have a lot of classes together next semester, so knowing what to do will be good for future reference. Thank you for reading, and I look forward to seeing your responses!