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Interpreting Services

A sign language interpreter is a person trained to translate between spoken language and signed language. By law (the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, or ADA), state and local government agencies, businesses, and non-profit organizations that serve the public are required to provide communication services - such as interpreters - for people who are deaf and hard of hearing. 

LCD works to establish standards for interpreter training programs and licensure requirements. We also maintain a registry of approved interpreters. An organization or individual can request and schedule sign language interpreting services through their local Regional Service Center (RSC), or directly with the interpreter themselves. 

 

Accessing Services 

If someone needs interpreting services to access a business or service, they should first contact the business or organization directly and request them. LCD works to establish standards for interpreter training programs and licensure requirements and maintains a registry of approved interpreters. An organization or individual can request and schedule sign language interpreting services through their local Regional Service Center (RSC), or directly with the interpreter themselves.

When resources are unavailable or the ADA is not applicable, the Louisiana Commission for the Deaf (LCD) will provide limited interpreting services to ensure access to public and private services. If a request for an interpreter is denied, contact your local RSC to see if LCD is able to cover your request.

 

Eligibility for LCD Interpreting Services

LCD will provide sign language interpreting, captioning, and cued speech transliteration services for approved situations (cued speech transliterators use hand shapes to convey the sounds that make up words, so that another person who understands cued speech can understand). Examples of when LCD interpreting services may be approved:

  • Government Services: for any state and local government services when interpreter services are essential to allow the public to access those services, and interpreting services are not otherwise covered or provided through the ADA. 
  • Healthcare: for emergency medical services or urgent situations that may have a critical impact on a person's physical or mental health (such as AA and other mental health support group meetings)
  • Occupational: for job interviews, job orientation, and other job-related situations
  • Public/Community/Civil Service: public meetings where the information provided is very important for the public to know, such as disaster or weather related incidents
  • Other Services: additional services may be approved by LCD on a case-by-case basis

Services for religious, educational, or personal use circumstances will not be approved. Special considerations for DeafBlind will be provided. 

 

Interpreting Services Contractors

Louisiana State-Approved Interpreters will be added to our registry for 2 years. To become a state-approved interpreter, you must:


How to Become a Louisiana State-Approved Interpreter

New applicants must complete and submit the following items to the Louisiana Commission for the Deaf (LCD):

  • Application: Complete and submit this application.
  • Background Check: Complete Louisiana State Police Form DPSSP 6696 background check authorization form and Disclosure Form. Submit the form along with a money order (not a check) in the amount of $26.00 payable to Louisiana State Police (P.O. Box 66614 Mail Slip A, Baton Rouge, LA 70896, or you may go in person).
    • You do NOT need to submit fingerprints with this form.
    • Do NOT send this background application and/or money order to LCD.
    • Put your name down as the “Agency, Facility, or Individual”. The findings will be sent directly to you, then you will submit them to us.
    • Check “Working with Children” as the purpose for the request.
  • Current Certification(s): Send a copy of your current Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) and/or Board of Evaluation for Interpreters (BEI) certification(s). You are responsible for submitting updated copies of your certification as needed during the 2-year cycle.

Please return all completed forms (LCD application, background check findings, and current certifications) to us via email at LCD@la.gov or mail to:

Louisiana Commission for the Deaf
P.O. Box 3214
Baton Rouge, LA, 70821

  

How to Renewal Your Louisiana State-Approved Interpreter Status:

Louisiana state-approved interpreters must renew their status every 2 years from the date that they were initially approved. You will receive an email from LCD reminding you that your approval status is about to expire 2 months before it does. To renew your approval status, resubmit the application, a new background check, and updated certifications (only if they have changed since your last approval) to LCD. See the information above for forms and more details.


View the Service Provision Manual for the current requirements.

  

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