Sight Translation by Certified Deaf Interpreter Mistie Owens. 

It is with great excitement that InDemand announces the addition of Certified Deaf Interpreters (CDIs), available for our Deaf patients and their families. This is an incredible milestone, not only for InDemand Interpreting and the VRI industry as a whole, but also for the Deaf community.

As we’ve discussed in earlier posts, CDIs are valuable members of the interpreting team. A CDI “has an extensive knowledge and understanding of deafness, the Deaf community and/or Deaf culture which combined with excellent communication skills, can bring added expertise into both routine and uniquely difficult interpreting situations.” (source:  Deaf people are native users of ASL, therefore they have an intimate understanding of the language and can be a critical part in bridging the communication gap. Like our hearing ASL interpreters, all of our Deaf interpreters are nationally certified and have extensive medical interpreting experience. Our CDIs offer the unique perspective of being native language users in addition to being Deaf consumers of interpreting services. The CDI works collaboratively with hearing interpreters to ensure that all communication is conveyed successfully and giving Deaf patients the opportunity to be fully engaged in their healthcare.

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Generally, Deaf patients are able to communicate effectively via our ASL interpreters. However, statistics show that about 10 percent of Deaf patients will require a linguistic specialist, or CDI (examples include children whose languages are still in developing stages; individuals who acquired American Sign Language at a later age; foreign-born Deaf individuals; or a native Deaf signer in a highly stressful or emotional situation). Your InDemand ASL interpreter will identify when a CDI is required and will invite them to join the session. The interpreting process will continue seamlessly.

Having access to a CDI allows patients to fully participate in their healthcare, which substantially increases healthcare comprehension, patient involvement and compliance after discharge. Through the use of CDIs, providers will have a more complete picture of the Deaf patient’s healthcare needs, history and a more tailored treatment plan.

We are thrilled to offer this incredibly valuable service to better meet the needs of our patients. If you have any questions or would like additional information about the benefits of using CDIs, feel free to reach out to us.