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Deaf Ed Corner: Deaf Interpreter, Sign Language Interpreter – What’s the Difference?

Lorrie Kosinski, Sign Language Interpreter, CI, CT, SC:L

graphicLorrie Kosinski is a certified sign language interpreter who has served as the on-staff interpreter/ interpreter coordinator and Communication Specialist for Denver City/County agencies through the Denver Office of Disability Rights since 1987.  Lorrie is also a presenter, interpreter trainer and mentor, specializing in legal and religious interpreting.

I have been privileged to work within a deaf/hearing interpreter team for the past ten plus years and I have found it to be an educational experience as well as an incredibly effective and accurate process for communication. I have since created a protocol, through the Denver Office of Disability Rights, for the use of a deaf interpreter for assignments throughout city and county of Denver government agencies.

A deaf/hearing team of interpreters is still a fairly new concept to both deaf and hearing consumers here in Colorado.  So, at this point I wouldn’t be surprised if readers are asking themselves, “What IS the difference between a deaf interpreter and a sign language interpreter, and when would I need one?”

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