ASL Interpreting Services

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  • We offer interpreter services to allow deaf individuals equal access to the same information provided to their hearing peers. To arrange for an interpreter, please call and ask for the Interpreter Coordinator.

    What is a Sign Language Interpreter?

    A Sign Language Interpreter is an individual who can interpret spoken English into American Sign Language, as well as interpret signed language into spoken English. The Interpreter should be qualified to meet the communication needs of both consumers.

    AIDB refers only qualified Interpreters to provide interpreting services. According to Alabama law, a qualified interpreter is one who holds either a License or Permit with the State of Alabama Licensure Board for Interpreters and Transliterators. In cases where a licensed interpreter is not available, a permitted Interpreter will be assigned to provide services according to level of skill.                 

    What hours are interpreters available through AIDB?

    Whenever possible, an interpreter should be scheduled several days in advance during normal office hours.  All local emergency rooms and police departments have a list of on-call ASL interpreters to call upon during emergencies.  

    What locations does the Mobile Regional Center serve?

    The following counties are served by the Mobile Regional Center:

    • Baldwin
    • Clarke
    • Conecuh
    • Escambia
    • Mobile
    • Monroe
    • Washington

     

     What information should be provided when scheduling an interpreter?

    • Date
    • Time
    • Location (exact address, including room numbers)
    • Number of deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing participants
    • Type of assignment (i.e., meeting, medical appointment, educational setting, etc.)
    • Name and phone number of a contact person
    • Payment procedures

     

    What is ADA and what impact does it have on interpreting services?

    The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title II, assures that deaf and hard-of-hearing people will have the same access as other citizens to services, programs, and activities provided by state and local governments and other public entities.