You as an Interpreter have a unique and important role at Bergen Community College. Interpreters are a representative of the Office of Specialized Services/Deaf Services. Interpreters can, in a very dramatic way, educate others to view Deaf and hard of hearing people in a positive light. Interpreters serve both hearing and Deaf consumers. As part of the support team, it is essential that open communication be established early to achieve the best possible service.
It is your primary responsibility to attend class and/or other College activities with the Deaf and/or hard of hearing student (s) and faithfully facilitate communication between the student(s), faculty member(s) and other students involved. Interpreters are expected to look and conduct themselves in a professional manner. Interpreters should strive to maintain clear boundaries and distinct role of facilitating communication.
NOTE: College instructors will receive general orientation materials regarding the Deaf Services and should welcome you easily. Some professors may have additional questions or require additional information. If you are unable or uncomfortable addressing the instructors, please refer them to Deaf Services.
If the student is a “no show”, you need to inform Deaf Services immediately so notice can be given for any other interpreters working the class in question. If the student is a “no-show” three times for the same class without notification, services will be suspended, unless otherwise notified. Services will resume for this class upon notice from the Deaf Services office only.
Parking: A parking permit/id must be obtained in order to use the college lot. Please see Office of Specialized Services staff for details.
Equipment: Portable lamps and flashlights are available in the Deaf Services office.
Bergen Community College
400 Paramus Road
Paramus, NJ 07652