Sign Language Interpreters

Communicating with a deaf or hard of hearing student through a sign language interpreter can be a bit confusing at first, but here are some simple tips that will make it easier.

  1. The interpreter will speak in first person, so when the interpreter says "I have a question," it means the student has a question, not the interpreter.
  2. The student will primarily be watching the interpreter while you are talking." The lack of eye contact can be uncomfortable for some, but the student needs to watch the interpreter to "hear" you.

If you have any questions about using an interpreter, just ask the student or interpreter. You may also call Dianna Clayton at the SSD Office (559) 278-2811 or email at

The information on this website is available in alternate formats. Please call our office at (559) 278-2811 to make your request.