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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.
Accessing Interpreting Services
In compliance with Louisiana Commission for the Deaf (LCD) statute RS 46:2351-2354 (Act 128, 2022) to “develop and maintain a registry of credentialed interpreters, including administrative guidelines for the registration process.” The establishment of a centralized, easily accessible, searchable, registry for consumers and businesses will ultimately improve access to interpreter services for individuals who are d/Deaf, DeafBlind and hard of hearing (DDBHH) and will result in a clear and easy process for current and future interpreters to secure employment opportunities in the state.
Interpreter and Public Informational Guide:
- How to use guide for Interpreters
- How to use guide for the Public
- Interpreter Assessment Report
The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) also has a registry of 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 more information contact LCDInterpreterRegistry@la.gov
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