Faculty and Staff ASL FAQs

Faculty and Staff ASL General FAQs

Can I request to have ASL Interpreting for a public event that is not course related?

Yes. Disability Access and Compliance can arrange services for public events. Please contact them to request assistance at: Disability Access and Compliance request form

What is ASL Interpreting?

American Sign Language (ASL) is a visual language. The ASL Interpreter facilitates the communication of what is being said in a variety of academic situations. They may also translate the student’s signed communication into spoken English when the student is called upon, has a comment or question, or makes a presentation. ASL Interpreters are there to provide communication access between the student, the instructor, and the class.

Faculty and Staff ASL On-Campus Learning FAQs

Do I need to do anything differently when an ASL Interpreter is present for an in-person class?

When using an interpreter to speak with a person who is D/deaf or hard of hearing, remember to speak directly to the person, not to the interpreter. The interpreter is not part of the conversation and is not permitted to voice personal opinions or enter into the conversation.

Face the person who is D/deaf or hard of hearing and speak to them in a normal manner. Do not make comments to the interpreter that you do not intend to have interpreted to the D/deaf or hard-of-hearing person, even if the person...

Faculty and Staff ASL Remote Learning FAQs

Can a student with an ASL Interpreting accommodation participate in Zoom group work/breakout rooms?

Yes, the student is able to participate in group work. When a class is held in-person, an ASL Interpreter is present and often sits with the group in order to hear the speakers clearly. Remote classes are handled in a similar fashion in that the interpreter will be present in the same breakout room/group component as the student.

We encourage students to discuss their accommodations with their professors, and they may reach out to you with what works best for them in your particular class.

How will I know if an ASL Interpreter is present in my Zoom meeting?

The ASL Interpreter will be named “Interpreter” in your Zoom participant list.

What are the ASL Interpreting Best Practices for courses presented via Zoom?

Zoom lectures need to end at the scheduled end time, as both the students and the interpreters may have other obligations immediately following your class.

Speak clearly, in a normal tone, and at a moderate rate. Do not rush through a lecture. If the interpreter does not understand or hear what was said, the interpreter may communicate with the instructor through the Zoom chat window. Please monitor your chat window for questions or requests from the interpreter.


How do I assign an ASL Interpreter to a Zoom breakout room?

When assigning an ASL Interpreter to the student during breakout sessions, please look for the Interpreter as a participant (Interpreter). Please ensure the Interpreter is in the same breakout room as the student receiving the accommodation.

Breakout Room Instructions

If you have any difficulty accessing AIM or retrieving faculty notification letters or information, please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance.  Please send an email to dssonline_help@berkeley.edu, and a DSP staff member will respond to your inquiry and assist you with obtaining the information you need.