ASL Remote Interpreting: A 6 Piece Cheat Sheet to Ace Your Next ASL Meeting (Part 2)

We’re glad to see you back for the second piece of our ASL remote interpreting cheat sheet. (in case you missed it, hop over HERE).

Your ASL interpreter is briefed. The prep-meeting with the other party went perfectly, and you made sure your internet speed would be faster than the USS Enterprise. What next?

Tip 4: Have your IT team ready for your ASL remote interpreting meeting.

You’ve tested the connection and did everything to make sure the meeting would flow flawlessly. Still, there are days when Murphy’s law takes over the day. If this happens, you don’t want to be the one running around checking cables and restoring connections, because your input at the meeting is crucial. So make sure to always have one of your IT guardian angels by your side. Just in case. Better be safe than sorry.

Tip 5: Widen the horizons of your ASL remote interpreting meeting—literally.

With our LingPerfect Interpreting App, you can connect from any device. Still, when dealing with a remote ASL interpreting session, we suggest you opted for a wide-screen monitor, no less than 19 inches. Having a good visual of the hands and the face of the ASL interpreter will help your deaf or hard-of-hearing participant interpret the signs.

Tip 6: Lights, camera, action!

Visual communication is the only way your participant can communicate with you. So when setting up your remote ASL interpreting session, make sure you take some cues from Spielberg:

  • Test and adjust the lighting in the room so that your deaf or hard-of-hearing participant can be fully discernible.
  • Use a camera with a resolution no less than 720p. If you can get hold of a 1080p60, better.

Tip 7: Your downstairs Starbucks might not be the best spot for your remote ASL remote interpreting meeting

Your light and camera setting will help ease communication between your deaf or hard of hearing counterpart and the ASL interpreter. But there’s another tandem to consider: the ASL interpreter and you. Sitting in an environment with background noise will make the ASL interpreter’s job more challenging to understand what you’re trying to say among the barista’s shouts and clinking cups.

So make sure you’ve secured a peaceful spot for your ASL remote interpreting meeting. It doesn’t have to be a soundproof recording studio, but it should be quiet enough so you and the ASL interpreter can hear each other well.

Follow these steps, and you’ll be ADA-compliant, too.

The US Department of Justice issued the “Effective Communication” guidelines under its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which should be met when organizing meetings with people with hearing, aid, or speech disabilities.  The list is available here, but if you follow our cheat sheet, you can rest assured that you’ve ticked off all of the Guideline’s boxes to be ADA-compliant.

Well, in truth, there’s one last requirement that ADA sets forth. Your language experts should be certified ASL interpreters. But you already know who to call to tick this last box, don’t you?