Deaf ministries are varied and not consistent. They can range from full service (Deaf pastor, teachers, members with separate meeting area) to using professional interpreters who only interpret services, nothing else, to volunteer church members who interpret and minister to the Deaf. You have to be specific when you ask about what's offered at any given church.
Yes, you absolutely can and should. For example, if you want to do your own voicing. Whether or not you prefer simultaneous silent speech with signing (SIMCOM), or no lip movement. Slower signing option, more ASL or more English--whatever you want. Let the terp know--they aren't mind readers, ha, ha.
A professional interpreter has no place to look down on any client's language abilities. The terp should adjust to your abilities as much as possible. Just be honest and up front about your limitations at the time of making the interpreting appointment, and when first meeting the interpreter.That is a relief. The interpreter won't look down on me if I am not full ASL? I worry that I am not deaf enough to request an interpreter.
A professional interpreter has no place to look down on any client's language abilities. The terp should adjust to your abilities as much as possible. Just be honest and up front about your limitations at the time of making the interpreting appointment, and when first meeting the interpreter.
You might be able to contact a local interpreting agency and request a language skills evaluation to find out how much value you can get from interpreting services at this stage.
You mean take a test? I am too anxious and get panic attacks I'd fail. I'd freeze up for sure.
Are you involved with a local Deaf services government agency, or a public social Deaf group? It would be beneficial to you to take advantage of local resources with real live people. We have an excellent group in our area but not every area does, sadly. I hope your location does have a non-judgmental welcoming Deaf community.
As a medical professional, it's my job to ensure that you know what is happening and that you understand how things work so that you can make an informed decision about your healthcare. If I'm talking to another medical professional, I'll use language they will know. If I'm talking to a person with no medical background, I will use language that will help them understand how things work. It's their job to word it in such a way so that you understand everything. So if you don't understand something, don't just nod and accept that you don't understand the information. Tell them you don't quite understand and ask them to use different language. I know some of us can be arrogant jerks in the medical field, but we really do have your best interest at heart and we really want you to make your best informed decision. We'll go out of our way to make sure you can do it, but we need you to let us know what you get and what you don't.As a consumer, you need to keep the interpreters informed of your needs. Let the interpreter know that you need to have medical terms explained, and also have that conveyed to the hearing medical staff. There's nothing wrong with asking for explanation of medical terms. Hearing people do that, and you should, too.