I have used the same approach with all of my doctor’s appointments. I always have an interpreter present at each of them. Most of the time, I have noticed that the doctors or nurses would treat me invisible such as handing MY paperwork to the interpreter while I am present at her or his side! I had to put a stop to it and let the nurse know to be handling things through me directly! In addition, it's the interpreter's responsibility to ensure that he or she does not take any of my possessions in their own hands. With that being said, my interpreters have refused to accept my possessions which is what they are supposed to do! I have always praised that with my interpreters! Then, the nurse gave a bad attitude then turned to me and handed me the paperwork. Why should the interpreters be expected to take the responsibilities of our possessions or take part in handling while I am present or even when I am not present?? I constantly explained to the doctors that the interpreter’s only duties are to interpret what is being said between both parties and nothing else! I would always have made sure that my new doctors or new teachers are aware of the interpreter's duties and the importance of eye contact with me only and handling things with me personally. I know it is hard for some professionals to get used to the idea of having two people together in the same place. It's the repetitions that take a lot of patience. Deaf people have to make sure their accommodations are met accordingly! We just have to continue to educate people how our needs should be met. It will always go into cycles because there will always be newcomers in this world and that cannot be helped but we need our consistent patience to make it work as smoothly as possible. I just hope someday the knowledge of using interpreters becomes naturally inhabited in this unfortunate world. Don't give up and continue to stand up for your rights as a deaf person and an interpreter!
Life of a Deaf Socialite
Hi, My name is Ann Marie. I was born on May 3, 1975. I was raised in Indiana. I attended Indiana School For The Deaf from 1979 to 1989. I have grown