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She spent the next seventeen years in Vocational Rehabilitation Services and the Human Services Center as a State interpreter for clients and patients of many different ages. “I enjoyed working at HSC interpreting. It was just an eye opener and I learned so much,” she explains. She also assisted clients at the Human Services Center at their job site, interpreting for the job coach. They would use tools like checklists or pictures to help the client get Huber and her current student Emily. started in the new environment and Huber would eventually fade out when they could perform independently. The Yankton School District contacted Huber when they had another deaf student starting Kindergarten. She’s developed a strong bond with the student while working with her over the past three years. Aside from working one-on-one with this student, Huber also interprets during Individual Education Program meetings and preschool sign-up events. Huber, Emily and Stanek Her daily routine begins with preparation for the day’s events. After greeting her student in the morning, she attends class with the student to interpret what the teacher is saying. The two move to the Resource Room where the student has one-on-one contact with other teachers, developing reading, math and other skills while Huber interprets. For story time in the afternoon, the student watches a story enacted in pictures and sign language on an iPad. They stop the story at various times to discuss it. Huber smiles and explains that her current student is doing well. The school district has also been working with staff and students to teach them some sign language. “The teacher she has now,” Huber comments, “she knows some sign. It always puts a smile on her face when the teacher signs ‘good morning.’” There are three most common forms of Sign Language: American Sign Language, Pidgin Signed English and Signed Exact English. Huber is familiar with each and can accommodate those she is helping. Her experience with signing while listening to someone is a process. “It’s hard,” she explains. “There are times you have speakers who are so fast, but you just have to do the best you can. Some people can sign one-on-one with a deaf person and do fine. But they get up to interpret and they hear it coming but just can’t put it out.” vVOICE continued on page 6 Willcockson Eye Associates, P .C. Quality Eye Care, Close To Home • Quality medical and surgical eye care for you and your family • State of the art cataract surgery • Expert treatment of diseases such as glaucoma, eye complications from diabetes, and macular degeneration • Extensive selection of frames, styles and lens options at The Spectacle Shop, LLC. The Spectacle Shop, L.L.C. 415 W. 3rd, Yankton • Call 605-665-9638 Karen E Dickes, D.O. Board Certified Ophthalmologist Medical and Surgical Eye Care Gregory A Kouri, O.D. Optometrist Medical Eye Care HERVOICEvJANUARY/FEBRUARY 2020v5

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