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ERIC Number: ED420978
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 5
Abstractor: N/A
Interpreter for Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. Careers in Special Education and Related Services.
National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education, Reston, VA.
Designed for high school students interested in careers in special education and related services, this guide outlines the role of interpreters for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. It addresses the nature of the work, the education required, personal qualities that interpreters should have, job outlook and advancement, and how to prepare for a career as an interpreter. Interpreters are described as helping students with hearing impairments fully participate in classroom activities by interpreting what students want to say to the teachers and the rest of the class, as well as interpreting what the teacher and others students in the classroom are saying to them. The educational requirements for an interpreter vary by state. Most state departments of education accept certification from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf or the National Cued Speech Association. Interpreters need to have a desire to help others and an understanding of the importance of communication. Their work requires flexibility, creativity, and courtesy, as well as good manual dexterity and an ability to concentrate for long periods of time. A profile of an interpreter is provided to illustrate the challenges and benefits of the job. (CR)
National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education, 1920 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1598; toll-free telephone: 800-641-7824; e-mail:; World Wide Web:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Students
Language: English
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education, Reston, VA.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A