Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies and Communication Equity


ASL & Interpreting

First Advisor

Erica Alley


ASL and Interpreting


This small scale pilot study asked how deaf and hard of hearing high school students currently perceive the effectiveness of their educational interpreting services and how those same students suggest interpreting services could be improved. In order to do so data was collected via survey and focus group from deaf and hard of hearing students attending a large Midwestern school district. Results yielded themes regarding student comfort with interpreters, student satisfaction with interpreters, logistical issues with an interpreted education, interpreter attributes, and ways in which students could work alongside interpreters. From these results recommendations to the school district and educational interpreters were proposed with the aim of improving interpreting services for deaf and hard of hearing high school students. It is also suggested that similar research be done on a larger scale. This would allow educational interpreters to gain a broader understanding of the needs of deaf and hard of hearing students and guide them toward better meeting those needs.

2018_MAISCE_DierauerU_Presentation.mp4 (61687 kB)