Questions and Answers (Intellectual Disability and Sign Language)

(Posted August 3rd 2015 @ 5:15 PM by: Melody Reever)

Q: There is someone at my church with an intellectual disability. What do I say when I talk to them?

A: It doesn’t take much to give a kind word or a greeting. Meet them at their intellectual level. As one mom said, “I always tell people how old my child is intellectually. Not because we want pity but so people can interact with him better.” If they are socially awkward, take time to figure out what interests them. Just like anyone, they want to be respected and included.



Q: Why does the sign language interpreter have to sit up front? Why can’t they sit in the back?

A: It is helpful to be able to see the body language and facial expression of the person who is speaking. Much of communication is non-verbal. When there is less room between the interpreter and the preacher, they can watch the interpreter and see the preacher at the same time.

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