Before booking a communication professional for a deaf or deafblind person you need to check whether a sign language interpreter, an interpreter for deafblind people or another type of communication professional is needed. This quick guide will help you consider which is the right communication professional for you.
Many deaf people use British Sign Language (BSL) as their preferred language, and in some cases their only language. They will usually need a sign language interpreter.
Those who become deaf after they have acquired a spoken language (often referred to as deafened or hard of hearing) usually communicate using speech and rely on lipreading and reading from notes. They are likely to use lipspeakers, speech to text reporters or notetakers, though some may use sign language interpreters.
A deafblind person may use speech, lipreading, writing, fingerspelling, sign language or a combination of all of these and other methods. Depending on the degree of sight and hearing loss, the deafblind person may use an interpreter for deafblind people, a sign language interpreter or any of the other communication professionals mentioned above.