Religious Interpreting

Helping the Deaf and hard of hearing embrace their faith.

religious interpreting

Religious Interpreting

Professionally trained and culturally sensitive to the needs of various religious backgrounds, our interpreters provide access for the Deaf and hard of hearing community to embrace and participate in their chosen religion.

Never worked with an interpreter before? Don’t sweat it! We’ve included some helpful tips to ensure your inclusive experience goes smoothly. Still anxious? Reach out to a coordinator or ADA-specialist to ask a question or discuss how to prepare for your appointment.

Tips for Working with Religious Interpreters

  • Title

    Request an interpreter as soon as the event or service is scheduled. You are able to cancel most appointments 48-72 hours before the request date, so do not hesitate to request an interpreter early in your planning.

  • Title

    Communicate with the coordinator about the type of event (i.e. religion, specific denomination or sect), as well as any specific needs, including wardrobe accommodations, customs, or preferences. Providing these details enables ICS coordinators to schedule interpreters with the appropriate skill and experience to create ideal accessibility.

  • Title

    Preparation materials ensure that the interpreter has the tools to produce the best quality of work. An agenda, outline of service, musical pieces or formal readings should be
    obtained and passed on to the coordinator as soon as possible.

  • Title

    • Respect the interpreter’s scheduled time. Freelance interpreters provide services for multiple requests every day. Holding an interpreter past your confirmed time postpones their schedule and results in additional invoice charges.
  • Title

    When using a religious interpreter, follow these standard guidelines:

  • Title

    The ability to utilize an ASL interpreter depends upon sight lines. Please ensure the interpreter is visible, with a clear visual pathway to Deaf or Hard of Hearing audience members. If necessary, ICS coordinators are able to assess your specific site to advise placement for the interpreters.

  • Title

    Once the ceremony or service begins, the speakers/presenters/clergy should not speak directly to the interpreter, nor is it appropriate to ask them to participate in rituals during the service. The interpreter will be focused on providing full accessibility for the Deaf audience members.