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Sign interpreters as tutors in school?

One author argues that using sign interpreters as tutors in school can cause confusion among students and teachers.
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Should sign language interpreters in school also be tutors for deaf students? In response, one author, Amy Frasu, says that using interpreters as tutors can cause confusion among students and teachers. She also summarizes a small study that collected opinions on this topic.

This article is old. Therefore, some of its information is outdated. For example, it refers to U.S. law PL 94-142 which was an older version of what is now the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). However, some educators and interpreters still debate today whether it is appropriate to use sign interpreters as tutors.

The web page is partly accessible for people using screen reading software, but with difficulty. For example, some images do not use alternative tags to say what they are for people who cannot see. Meanwhile, the same article is also available in PDF format. The PDF version is partly accessible for people using screen reading software with difficulty.

Also see a series of guides on classroom interpreting for parents, professionals, and students. Or, see a guide for faculty on using sign interpreters.

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