Disability Support Services

Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services

Interpreter ResourcesPlan Prepare Perform

Educational interpreting incorporates many complex ideas and specialized vocabulary based on the subject matter. DHHS has
provided links below that may help in preparing for your assignments.
  • ASL Stem The purpose of this online community is to bring educators, interpreters,captioners,students, and others together in order to help build ASL's technical vocabulary from the ground up.
  • embeOutreach: SMART PHONE APP

         Signs for: Math, Biology, Physics, Auto Mechanics, Countries, Geography,            Government and US History

  • NTID Science Signs Lexicon: NTID Science Signs Lexicon Project includes signs for astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental science, marine science, mechanics, medial, meteorology, physical science and more. 
  • Signing SavvySigning Savvy is a sign language dictionary containing several thousand high resolution videos of American Sign Language (ASL) signs.

Interpreting Tips

DHHS Interpreting Tips

Lead interpreter would be the person who has either worked with the instructor and/or the student in the past. This would also be the person who is on-going in the class for any sub assignments. The Lead usually takes the first round of interpreting at the start of class.

Team support while in the "off" chair is just as important as being in the "on" chair.  You never know when a team will look to you for support to complete a thought or help with a sign. Please do not have cell phones, iPads, laptops, etc. where they are a possible distraction to both team and student. DHHS understands you may need to check cell phones for quick messages.

Based on background,training, experience, teams may be using different signs for a concept. To support uniformity of signs, please be open to discussing signs used with your team. It makes for a much smoother flow of information to the student and,our goal ease of access to subject matter.

Some interpreters like receiving feedback while others may not. Consider that feedback allows us to do our jobs better, and we want to make our work settings here at De Anza safe environments.  

DHHS has some training materials located in our office forinterpreting instructional training material. This material includes genre specific to educational signs.  If you'd like to check them out, please email Deaf/Hard of Hearing Services, and we will be happy to show you what we have.

Professional Attire Recommendations

  1. Solid color clothing that contrast with skin tone for ease of the viewer.
  2. Neutral jewelry, nails, and makeup.

Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services
Building: LCW 110
Contact:  Rosemary Jensen

Phone: 408 864-8755
Disability Support Services Building: RSS 141
Contact: Patricia Whelan
Phone: 408.864.8753
TTY: 408.864.8748


Last Updated: 11/9/17