CDI (Certified Deaf Interpreter)

Certified Deaf Interpreter

Deaf and hard of hearing communities have developed their own unique culture.  They have a mode of communication unique to them. The conversations between two or more members belonging to this community have nuances, gestures, and certain expressions.  These can even go unnoticed to a well-trained hearing interpreter. At American Sign Language Communication, we have experienced Certified Deaf Interpreters to meet your needs.

What is a Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI)?

A CDI professional is a deaf individual who has been certified as an interpreter.  The key aspect that sets them apart from generalist certified hearing interpreters is that they are native users of sign language and the experience of deaf culture.They are experts with extensive training, skill, experience, and knowledge of sign language, deaf culture, nuances, and gestures. 

Having a CDI on the team helps improve communication, and supports a more comfortable environment for the deaf or hard of hearing consumer. Here’s a brief look at the how communication happens:

  • A Deaf/hard of hearing individual communicates through ASL/BSL/gestures, etc., to a CDI.
  • CDI signs in ASL to the hearing interpreter.
  • The hearing interpreter interprets ASL to English for the hearing third-party.

Some might consider this mode of communication lengthy.  However, professional interpreters can maintain the flow of communication easier and offer that level of comfort for everyone.

When and Why Should You Use A CDI?

Here are some situations in which you might need a CDI:

  • The deaf or hard of hearing individual has limited or minimal formal communication skills. They may not have fully developed ASL or may be children who are just learning.
  • The deaf or hard of hearing individual uses signs generalist certified hearing interpreters might not be familiar with like foreign sign language.
  • The deaf or hard of hearing individual uses idiosyncratic non-standard signs or gestures such as informal home signs or regional signs.  
  • The content of the spoken information is complex such as legal and mental health settings.
  • The content includes complex documents that need to be sight-interpreted such as medical and legal forms.
  • The deaf or hard of hearing individual is also blind or low vision and needs specialized or tactile interpreting.

If you want to know more about sign language interpreting or need to hire a competent professional, get in touch with us.  We at American Sign Language Communication are happy to help. You can call us at 800-908-3386 or contact us through this form.

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