Deaf Interpreters (DI){not to be confused with ‘interpreter for the Deaf’} are specialists who provide interpreting, translation, and transliteration services in American Sign Language and other visual and tactual communication forms used by individuals who are Deaf, hard-of-hearing, and Deaf-Blind. Deaf Interpreters work most often in tandem with hearing interpreters(see graphic).

Like other professions, these DI’s like their colleagues have interpreting training; however, with additional specialty training, equips them to be best suited for interpreting situations with complex language demands and dynamics. Situations involving a Deaf or Hard-of-hearing person who is not fluent in American Sign Language (foreign born, immigrant), has an additional disability (e.g. cognitive impairment) or limited language due to education history are situations where a Deaf Interpreter is best suited.

Our sign language interpreters at Partners Interpreting are able to assist in identifying when a DI may need to be called in. Deaf and Hard-of-hearing individuals may also independently and directly request a DI based on previous exposure and experience with them. The acronym CDI (Certified Deaf Interpreter) is also used when referring to these specialists.