I was born profoundly Deaf and my first language is BSL. I use BSL interpreters in all aspects of my job – during meetings, when making telephone calls and when networking. I also use them to access job interviews and GP and hospital appointments.
Communication support removes the communication barriers I face as a Deaf person and has opened doors for me in my professional life. This support has meant there is no glass ceiling for myself and other Deaf people, and has enabled me to show my full potential and put me on an even playing field with hearing people.
Without an interpreter, I’d find it hard to communicate with the general population. I’d have to rely on lipreading, which I’m no good at, or writing down notes, which limits my ability to communicate well.