What is a Lipspeaker
A lipspeaker is a hearing person who has been professionally trained to be easy to lipread. Lipspeakers reproduce clearly the shapes of the words and the natural rhythm and stress used by the speaker. They also use facial expression, gesture and, if requested, finger spelling, to aid the lipreader’s understanding.This practise is known as lipspeaking.Some lipspeakers have sign language skills and can offer lipspeaking with sign support, (Sign Supported English), if requested by the lipreader.
A lipspeaker may be asked to use their voice, using clear communication techniques, thus enabling the lipreader to benefit from any residual hearing.
If necessary, lipspeakers can relay a deaf person’s voice.
Not all qualified lipspeakers are able to work in the legal domain. We will ensure that you have the most appropriately qualified professional.
For assignments that are more than two hours long, it is suggested that two lipspeakers would be required. We can advise if this is necessary on a case by case basis.
The Association of Lipspeakers (ALS) represents lipspeakers as their professional body.
All of our lipspeakers are qualified and registered with The National Registers of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind People (NRCDP). They follow a Code of Ethics, have an up to date Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), hold Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) and are subject to a complaints procedure.