About the service
A sign language interpreter facilitates communication between signed and spoken languages, like Singapore Sign Language (SgSL) and English. An interpreter signs everything that’s said, and voices out everything that’s signed.
Sign language interpreting doesn’t mean that English (or any other spoken language) is being translated word for word. Each sign language has its lexicon specific to a geography or community, i.e. vocabulary, grammar and sentence structure that’s independent from spoken language.
Simply knowing sign language is insufficient to carry out effective and accurate sign language interpretation.
An effective sign language interpreter is:
- a trained professional
- highly fluent in two or more languages
- aware of and follows the Code of Ethics.
It is a common misconception that an interpreter is needed to ‘help’ the Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing person. In reality, any access service is required only because the environment is inaccessible to the service user.
All parties have an equal and mutual need for the interpreter, which is why we strongly encourage collaboration between the interpreter and those involved for better facilitation of communication.
Deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals who use sign language as one of their modes of communication.
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