ADA Hotline:

Voice: 1-800-514-0301

TTY: 1-800-514-0383

EyeSign benefits:

  • 24/7/365 direct scheduling on-line
  • Quickly identify local interpreters by Zip code/Specialty search (upper RH corner)
  • Preferred Interpreter search by 4-digit EyeSign number
  • Hiring entities can easily submit requests to qualified interpreters
  • Prompt (within 24 hrs) response time to your requests
  • Eliminate interpreter agency delays, limited business hours, and overhead costs by hiring direct
  • Guaranteed confidential communication with 128-bit SSL government standard encryption

Why EyeSign?

  • Improve services in urban and rural areas (150-200 mile search radius)
  • Promote professionalism
  • Reduce overhead costs



I n t e r p r e t i n g

as a Career




For info on interpreting:




What kind of training do I need to be an interpreter?

Interpreting is a challenging, enriching career.  It requires a wide range of linguistic skills in at least two languages, along with ethical and interpersonal skills. If you are interested in a career as a professional interpreter, we highly recommend getting the training you need to become credentialed and certified. Interpreter Preparation Programs (IPP) range in length from 2-4+ year programs. You will need a BA to sit for the RID NIC exam for national certification starting in 2012.  You can check the RID website listed above for more details.   The BA can be in any subject, not just interpreting.


In addition to and in conjunction with formal training, involvement with and commitment to the Deaf/Hard of Hearing/Deaf Blind communities is invaluable preparation for your interpreting work.  Get involved by volunteering and attending social events and community functions...hanging out is FUN!


Programs offering Interpreting Degrees




University of Northern Colorado, Distance Opportunities for Interpreter Training (DOIT)  BA in ASL/Interpreting

Spokane Falls Community College, WA state


Western Oregon University in Monmouth, OR

BA degree in ASL Interpreting or in ASL.


Portland Community College

Seattle Central Community College


East Coast:


Gallaudet University Regional Interpreter Education Center

Washington D.C.



West Coast:


California State University Northridge



State by state listing:







RID Standard Practice Paper:

Professional Sign Language Interpreting




 Interpreter websites


National Sign Language and Interpreting Conference


CATIE Center Heath care Interpreting


World Association of Sign Language Interpreters 

ASL Intructor Resources


ASL Teachers Association WA state

NAD-RID Code of Professional Conduct
  • Confidential communication
  • Professional skills and knowledge
  • Appropriate conduct
  • Respect for consumers
  • Respect for colleagues, interns, students
  • Ethical business practices
  • Ongoing professional development