The best part about communication is experiencing mutual understanding and acknowledgement of one’s feelings, thoughts and viewpoints – experiencing a feeling of life rewarding communication and acceptance of who you are.
The many different forms of communication employed in my therapeutic work, in meetings with people who do not master sign language, in the supervision of other professionals, in connection with courses, etc. pose a challenge when it comes to maintaining a satisfactory communicational flow.
With regard to this, direct contact using sign language is always the best way to accommodate a client. And at meetings/consultations with parents, professional signers are employed with this in mind.
I cooperate with several highly qualified signers who are used to working in my clinic and used to handling sensitive communication.
I can offer different kinds of interpretation between hearing people, deaf people, hearing impaired, deafened/CI users and the deaf-blind.
About sign language
Since November 2013 a bill has been discussed in the Danish language council with the object of formally recognising sign language as a separate language within the law so that sign language may achieve the same legal recognition in Denmark as in the other Nordic countries.
Reasoning: ”Danish sign language is a separate language with its very own grammar, syntax and history of development. Danish sign language is used by several thousand deaf and hearing impaired people and their hearing relatives as well as professionals. Danish sign language is a means of communication, but moreover it is also a strong part of deaf people’s identity and the core of the culture of the deaf.”
If the bill is passed, Danish sign language will gain a status equal to that of spoken Danish. With this recognition Denmark will be in compliance with the UN’s convention regarding the rights of people with a disability (The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities).
My work is based on the guidelines from the Danish Psychological Association concerning professional psychological and ethical principles regarding the particular communication issues encountered when employing sign language and professional signing.