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Author: Sign it! Published: 28th April 2009 11:03

Communication Support

At Sign it! we do an awful lot more but fundamentally our role is the provision of a Communication Support Service for the deaf, whenever and wherever that may be.

What does that mean? Firstly, We are not an interpreter service, we provide Communication Support and there is a difference! However, when required we can and do sign post individuals to interpreter support provided by the RNID.

What is that difference? Our view of the guidelines is: An interpreter must do just that, interpret only, no more no less and they must remain neutral. Sign it! are not neutral, and there is a reason for that. We always act on behalf of and in the best interests of the deaf person. Mentor, Friend, Advocate, Support Worker or just good samaritan.

Our position is.. you choose to view us as you see fit but, whichever pigeon-hole you choose, please remember that we do, what we do, because we care and the people we care about ask for the help we provide. In addition, and to ensure an excellent standard of service is maintained, we have rigorous checks and controls to make sure we get it right!

Sign it! was set up in response to a need and that was profoundly deaf people asking for our help. Five years later we are still responding to that need. We continue to support profoundly deaf and disabled people when they ask for our help! For us, that person comes first and foremost!

"Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see." Mark Twain

Guidelines

There are three levels of communicator skills. These are guidelines from the Council for the Advancement of Communication with Deaf People (CACDP) in England and Wales and the Scottish Association of Sign Language Interpreters (SASLI) in Scotland.

  •  Registered Qualified Interpreters
  •  Registered Trainee Interpreters
      (Accredited at Stage 3 or equivalent)
  •  People who are not registered, but are considered by the client to have appropriate skills.
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