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Sign Language Interpreter Referral Service

DILA provides an Interpreter Referral Service to help community members secure sign language interpretation and transliteration services for their upcoming event.

Sign language interpreters bridge the communication barrier between individuals who are deaf and individuals who are hearing. In most cases, the interpreter translates spoken English into American Sign Language (ASL) for deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals. Their response is then translated back into English for the hearing party.

For individuals with complex communication needs, such as minimal language skills or a disability that affects visual comprehension, there are relay interpreters. In these situations, the relay interpreter acts as a cultural guide. He or she works alongside a traditional sign language interpreter to ensure accurate, efficient communication between all parties.

Equal Communication Access

The provisions of interpreters is recognized as one means of assuring communication accessibility to deaf individuals. Numerous state and federal laws including:
  • Section 504 of Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.
  • The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1975 (PL 94-142) requires certain employers and schools to provide interpreters in some situations.
  • Under the Americans with Disability's Act (ADA) and its regulations, government entities, most private employers, and places of public accommodations are required to provide qualified sign language interpreters or auxiliary aids as a means of ensuring effective communication.

Network of Qualified Interpreters

As an organizational member of the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID), DILA draws from a network of experienced, highly skilled interpreters. Each adheres to a strict code of professional conduct and is specially trained to handle a variety of interpreting situations. The most commonly requested settings include:
  • Physician's office or hospital visits
  • Schools or universities
  • Legal proceedings
  • Artistic performances
  • Religious ceremonies
  • Social services meetings
  • Conferences, conventions and presentations
  • Business, government and industry gatherings
  • Rehabilitation/vocational training
  • Mental health and addiction counseling
  • and others

How to Request an Interpreter

To schedule sign language interpreter services, please call 410-546-1745 (V/TTY) or 443-365-2645 VP. Once we have received your request, our Interpreter Coordinator will identify, schedule and confirm one or more interpreters for your event at least two weeks prior to your event. To ensure an interpreter is available, please contact us at least two weeks prior to your event date.

To Learn More...

For more information about our Sign Language Interpreting Services, call 410-742-5052 (voice/TTY) or email dila@dila.org.

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