The DPRC provides two types of interpreters, manual interpreters and oral interpreters. Manual interpreters use sign language, such as American Sign Language (ASL), whereas oral interpreters "mouth" what is being said in the classroom.
The DPRC coordinates the hiring of qualified interpreters (including staff interpreters) to work with Deaf and hard-of-hearing students for both academic and non-academic purposes:
Academic purposes include, but are not limited to:
- Classroom lectures
- Classroom required activities
- Student/Professor meetings
Non-academic purposes include, but are not limited to:
- Campus activities
- University-sponsored activities
The DPRC makes every effort to hire interpreters who are qualified and experienced in interpreting in post-secondary educational settings. Staff and hourly interpreters are screened prior to being hired. This is done to assure minimum standards of interpreter performance at SF State.
Information is available on how to work effectively with interpreters for academic and non-academic purposes.