The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), gives individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing the right to accessible communication. In many situations, this calls for qualified interpreters to facilitate interactions between people with a hearing loss and hearing people. The ADA mandates that public or private entities are responsible for providing this accessibility. Here at Radford University, we are proud to say we offer assistive listening devices, note taking services and top notch interpreting services to deaf and hard of hearing individuals.
Many deaf people rely on sign language as their primary mode of communication. Just like English, sign language has many forms and dialects, depending on a person’s background, education, geography, and the age at which they became deaf. However, significant differences in the grammatical structure of the two languages often create a communication gap that requires the services of a qualified professional sign language interpreter.
An American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter provides equal access to information. They also bridge the communication gap between hearing community and deaf community by conveying the purpose, thought, and spirit of the message in a consumers’ preferred mode of communication. The Professional Sign Language Interpreters here at Radford maintain strict confidentiality and adhere to the Professional Code of Ethics and Conduct as written by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.
If you are deaf or hard of hearing and require an assistive listening device, need a note taker, or require interpreting services, please contact Jerome Thomas, Coordinator of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services.