An educational interpreter's primary purpose is to provide access by facilitating communication for students.
Educational interpreters play an essential part in the success of students who are deaf/hard of hearing (D/HH) in the classroom. It is crucial to remember to include educational interpreters into consideration while planning for lessons and activities. They may provide great ideas or feedback to make sure students who are D/HH are included or accommodated. Interpreters also are with students who are D/HH daily; they have a strong impact on the students’ language development. Interpreters should be given materials, lessons, books, and more ahead of time so they can prepare in advance. They are a part of the student’s team so they should be invited to meetings to share input of what they observe in the classroom.
RMTC-D/HH has compiled a list of interpreter (virtual and onsite) and CART providers in the event districts need to provide this service. This list is not exhaustive, nor does it constitute endorsement of any particular business or service by RMTC-D/HH or the FDOE.