Parents who want their child’s school district to provide the
child with an interpreter (either sign language or oral), a Cued speech
transliterator or language facilitator must communicate their request
properly, focusing on educational goals and outcomes. Parents should
assert that their child is not able to follow what is being said in
the classroom without an interpreter/transliterator/facilitator, and
that the child is suffering (or will suffer) frustration in the classroom
without this assistance. The primary function of these personnel is
to act as a facilitator of communication between the students who
are deaf and hard of hearing, the educational staff, and hearing peers
in an educational environment.
· A Sign Language Interpreter takes voiced
English information and interprets it into American Sign Language
(ASL) or other manual communication. Additionally, this professional
interprets ASL or manual communication into voiced English.
· An Oral Interpreter gives a precise rendering
of spoken words via lip movements for students who read lips.
· A Cued Speech Transliterator conveys everything
said by the teacher, classmates, and visitors, as well as the relevant
sounds in the environment, such as a door slamming, through the use
· A Language Facilitator provides communication
support and language enhancement/enrichment to facilitate communication
among children with a hearing loss and their peers, teachers and other