Welcome to the Indiana School for the Deaf Interpreting Services Office! We are committed to providing world-class professional interpreting for ISD students, parents, and staff members. Please review the information below and contact our office with any concerns, or questions about the interpreting process, best practices, or to receive interpreting resource information.
ISD Staff Interpreters
Interpreting Services Team
Office Email Address
Mon-Fri: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Sat & Sun: Closed
Interpreting Services Mission Statement
ISD Interpreting Services strives to provide consistent, high quality interpreting services within the bilingual/bicultural school environment so that everyone can be seen, heard and understood.
Staff Interpreter Role
The role of a Staff Interpreter at ISD is to provide consistent, high quality interpreting services within the bilingual/bicultural environment so that everyone can be seen, heard and understood.
ISD Staff Interpreters will:
- Abide by the ISD Interpreting Services Policies and Procedures Manual
- Demonstrate professional business practices such as timeliness, confidentiality, acting as a team player, dressing professionally for assignments, being aware of skill limitations and being open-minded in receiving feedback
- Adhere to the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) Code of Professional Conduct http://rid.org/ethics/code/index.cfm
- Continually pursue improvement of interpreting skills, general world knowledge and specialized knowledge
- Prepare prior to assignments by arriving early to establish the purpose of the assignment, review materials and gather names of participants
Work with consumers to clarify the interpreting process as needed, including discussion of language processing time, turn taking, repairing errors, establishing clear communication guidelines for assignments and explaining the role of the interpreter Respect the language choices of all people.
Follow ISD’s bilingual/bicultural philosophy of using one language at a time The ISD Interpreting Services provides interpreters for ISD's use only. We do not provide interpreting for outside entities.
Title III: Public Accommodation
This section of the ADA specifies that no individual shall be discriminated against on the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of public accommodations. In the past, only businesses and service agencies receiving federal monies were required to make their facilities accessible to persons with disabilities. Title III, however, mandates the accessibility of all services, even those privately owned, (emphasis mine) and requires that all new places of public accommodation and commercial facilities be designed and constructed so as to be readily accessible to and usable by persons with disabilities (Americans with Disabilities Act Handbook, 1991).
Interpreter Professional Development Opportunities
The ISD Interpreting Services Office provides monthly interpreter workshops throughout the school year. These workshops are open to working community and educational interpreters, students of the profession, parents of deaf/hard of hearing children, teachers of the deaf, LEAs, and others interested in the specific content areas.
Past workshop topics include math and science vocabulary, interpreters’ role and ethics, the history of the profession, working with a Certified Deaf Interpreter, and voice-to-sign/ sign-to-voice equivalency.
Please contact our office for more information and to receive fliers about upcoming workshops.