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Information for a d/Deaf, DeafBlind, or Hard of Hearing Individual Requesting an Interpreter

If you are a d/Deaf, DeafBlind, or hard of hearing person in need of interpreting services to access a business or service, you should first contact the business or organization directly and request they provide an interpreter for you. If a request for an interpreter is denied, contact a nearby Interpreting Agency for support. 

Louisiana Interpreting Agencies 

 

Information for For Businesses, Organizations, State Government Requesting an Interpreter

If you are a business or organization in need of providing interpreting services for an individual, you should contact a local interpreting agency, or an interpreter directly, to establish a business agreement and secure the time and place of service. You can use the LCD Interpreter Registry or the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) registry to find individual interpreter contact information. You may also contact any local interpreting agency in your area here.

Louisiana Interpreting Agencies

Louisiana Interpreter Registry 

Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) - RID Interpreter Registry

 

Eligibility for Louisiana Commission for the Deaf (LCD) State Funds for Interpreting Services

When resources are unavailable or the ADA is not applicable, LCD will provide funding for limited  interpreting services to ensure access to public and private services. 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 may be provided for DeafBlind individuals.

Contact your local Regional Service Center (RSC) to learn more. View the Service Provision Manual for the current requirements of LCD’s Regional Service Center.

To receive additional resources and information, please visit LCD’s Resource webpage 

 

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