The Disability Programs and Resource Center

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Interpreting Services

The DPRC coordinates the hiring of qualified interpreters (including staff interpreters) to work with Deaf students for both academic and non-academic purposes for which the student makes a request.

Academic purposes include, but are not limited to:

  • Classroom lectures
  • Classroom required activities
  • Student/Professor meetings

Non-academic purposes include, but are not limited to:

  • Campus activities
  • University-sponsored activities

There are two types of interpreters provided on campus - manual interpreters and oral interpreters. Manual interpreters use sign language whereas the oral interpreters "mouth" what is being said in the classroom. These two methods are often used in combination.

The DPRC makes every effort to hire interpreters and transliterators who are qualified and experienced in interpreting in post-secondary educational settings. Staff and hourly interpreters are screened prior to being hired. This is done to assure minimum standards of interpreter performance at SFSU.

Information is available on how to work effectively with interpreters for academic and non-academic purposes.

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