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ASL-English Interpreter / Captionist / Transcriber Handbook

Appendix A: Code of Conduct

2.0: PROFESSIONALISM

Tenet

Interpreters possess the professional skills and knowledge required for the specific interpreting situation.

Guiding Principle

Interpreters are expected to stay abreast of evolving language use and trends in the profession of interpreting as well as in the American Deaf community.

Interpreters accept assignments using discretion with regard to skill, communication mode, setting, and consumer needs. Interpreters possess knowledge of American Deaf culture and deafness-related resources.

Illustrative Behavior - Interpreters

2.1:
Provide service delivery regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, or any other factor.

2.2:
Assess consumer needs and the interpreting situation before and during the assignment and make adjustments as needed.

2.3:
Render the message faithfully by conveying the content and spirit of what is being communicated, using language most readily understood by consumers, and correcting errors discreetly and expeditiously.

2.4:
Request support (e.g., certified deaf interpreters, team members, language facilitators) when needed to fully convey the message or to address exceptional communication challenges (e.g. cognitive disabilities, foreign sign language, emerging language ability, or lack of formal instruction or language).

2.5:

Refrain from providing counsel, advice, or personal opinions.

2.6:

Judiciously provide information or referral regarding available interpreting or community resources without infringing upon consumers' rights.

Last Updated: 11/26/2014
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