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I have had many experiences with interpreters, particularly in my journey through school, including my undergraduate and graduate experiences. (And I have just finished my graduate program. )
Most of my experiences with interpreters have been positive. I guess I would say that one thing I really appreciate about interpreters is if they are open to discussing the content of my courses. To talk with me about what I’m doing and where I am headed. Which makes me think about medical appointments. Medical appointments and academic settings are where I mostly work with interpreters.
I really appreciate interpreters who share their ideas about my class material or who are effective at matching my signing style. Some interpreters ask me directly for my language preferences. I usually respond that I want more ASL interpreting, but occasionally I will ask for more English-like signing so I can learn all of the technical terminology from the class content.
Another positive trait I see in interpreters is their openness and willingness to be friendly. This doesn’t mean that they lack professional boundaries and seek inappropriate information from me. Instead, they respect and acknowledge my humanity, rather than being too robotic in their approach. I have never appreciated interpreters who rigidly cling to a narrow role. That said, I do understand interpreters will have different personalities.
Most of my negative experiences with interpreters revolve around a lack of signing competency or an unwillingness to learn new things. If I share a new sign, some interpreters refuse to incorporate it. They might say that it is not what they learned or express skepticism about the legitimacy of the sign. I don’t appreciate comments like that.
Another negative experience really is just related to a general feeling of distance. I do understand that newer interpreters may have more rigid boundaries, but I am always open to connecting with interpreters who are warm and friendly. I don’t mean that we are going to be come super-close friends, just that we will be able to work together in a way that recognizes our common humanity.