Working with a Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing Student

  • Speak directly to the student and not to the interpreter (for example, “Hand in your paper next class” in lieu of “Tell him to turn in his paper next class”).
  • Understand that there is a slight lag time from your spoken word to an interpreted response by a student. This pause is due to the time it takes to interpret both your comments and the student’s response.
  • Many deaf or hard-of-hearing students prefer to sit where they can see you, the interpreter, and the main focus of the classroom (for example, computer display, projector screen, board).
  • Deaf and hard-of-hearing students are their own independent agents. We send an interpreter to facilitate communication. Please direct queries about the student to the student directly and not the interpreter.