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A qualified sign language interpreter is a professional trained to effectively 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 d/Deaf and hard of hearing. The Louisiana Commission for the Deaf (LCD) provides funding for limited interpreting services when resources are unavailable or the ADA is not applicable to ensure access to public and private services.
LCD works to establish standards for interpreters in the state of Louisiana. A registry of certified interpreters (who also have passed a Louisiana state background check) can be found here. The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) also has a registry of certified interpreters that can be used to find an interpreter nation-wide. LCD recommends using RID’s Code of Professional Conduct as an appropriate standard of professionalism for working interpreters.
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 your local Regional Service Center (RSC)* for support.
*Please note that the RSC in Region 9 has permanently closed and Lighthouse Louisiana will temporarily provide services for this area to ensure there is not an interruption in services. Visit our News page for more information.
For Businesses 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 Registry of State Approved Interpreters 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.
Eligibility for LCD 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.
Interpreting Services Contractors
Louisiana State-Approved Interpreters will be added to our registry for 2 years. To become a state-approved interpreter, you must:
- Be certified through the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) and/or Board of Evaluation for Interpreters (BEI)
- Pass a background check
- Submit an application to LCD
How to Become a Louisiana State-Approved Interpreter
Please contact the LCD office at LCD@la.gov for more information.
View the Service Provision Manual for the current requirements.
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