Interpreter Resource Services

TRCIL now has an Interpreter Resource service.  When Staff at our center has a need for a qualified interpreter, we are able to draw from our own pool of contract interpreters to fulfill interpreting needs.  We can also provide interpreting services for consumers out in the community.

Our fees are $30.00 per hour for non-emergency assignments and $40 per hour for emergency assignments (four hours or less notice).  We charge a one-hour minimum for all assignments, per interpreter.  Depending on the length or complexity of an assignment, two interpreters may be needed. Any assignment that is cancelled with 24 hours notice or less will be automatically billed for a one-hour minimum.

Although our interpreters are not yet RID certified, they have graduated from an accredited Interpreter Training Program and have their Associates Degree in American Sign Language interpreting/Transliterating.

When is an interpreter needed?

An interpreter must be used when a Deaf person needs the service to communicate effectively in order to have equal access to communication.  Whether or not an interpreter is needed depends on:

  • The Deaf person’s communication skills
  • The context of the communication
  • The number of people involved
  • The importance of the communication
  • Whether the information is complex or lengthy

For example, the Justice Department explains that an interpreter may be necessary in situations involving communications regarding health, legal matters, and finances.

Can family members or friends act as interpreters?

Generally, no.  Family members often do not have sufficient Sign Language skills to interpret accurately.  Even if they are skilled in Sign Language, they may not have the skills of an interpreter.  An interpreter is also bound by confidentiality, while a family member is not.  It is also important to understand that a staff member in a doctor’s office, for example, who has taken a class or two in Sign Language, is not an interpreter.

Who pays for the interpreter?

Interpreters must be provided free of charge to a consumer who is Deaf.  A Deaf person may not be held responsible, directly or indirectly, for the costs of an interpreter.  For example, the cost of an interpreter for a doctor’s appointment may not be passed on to a Deaf patient through an insurance company.

To obtain information about your rights and responsibilities regarding interpreters, call the ADA information number toll free at 1-800-985-1442(V/TTY).

For questions regarding this service or these programs, call (412) 371-6954, TTY (412) 371-1254 or contact Abbie Dunn at