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“Avril’s Story: Consistent Interpreting in College” Video

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I didn't have an interpreter while in a public elementary school however while at a deaf school I had complete access via sign language.

When I made it to college, the college provided interpreters for me but I had a revolving door of different interpreters and no consistency. I wish I’d of had a consistent interpreter for the duration of my college experience, instead I had a constant flux. I very much enjoyed makeup class, though.

I attended George Brown College which is well-known and well-attended by the deaf community for having sign language interpreter services.For my initial courses I had booked the interpreters through the college and then on either my first two or three days of class the interpreters failed to show.I had to grin and bear it until the interpreters eventually made it to the course and stayed.

I had requested a consistent interpreter from the interpreter services office but was told that interpreters have their own schedule, so it wasn't possible.

I would’ve preferred a consistent interpreter because they could’ve seen me from the level one makeup classes up until the level four, so they’d be familiar with the vocabulary, the shapes and colors of the make-up and so on.

With a different interpreter every time, each one would ask me what the sign for a specialized word was and I didn't have the patience for that. Also, sometimes I didn't understand the interpreters. They themselves did not have a clue about make-up, but they would continue interpreting nonetheless. That's when I would have to ask the teacher for clarification, and I worked it out.

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