Communication Facilitators

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 of Cues.

· 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 school personnel.



School Issues
Elementary Education
Post-Secondary Education
General Tips
To Aid Use of Residual Hearing
To Aid Use of Speechreading
Classroom Tips
Using the Interpreter
General Classroom Modifications