GETTING AN INTERPRETER
IN THE COMMUNITY
There are federal laws that require local businesses, medical facilities, courts, government, and other services provided to the public, to be accessible to people with disabilities.
Steps to request an ASL Interpreter in the Community:
1. As early as possible, tell the organization that an ASL interpreter is needed.
2. Be ready to provide names of agencies to the organization. Often hiring interpreters is a new experience for them and it will make the process much easier if you have the information ready.
If the organization will not provide an interpreter, here are steps you can take to make sure you get an interpreter for your child.
1. Share information about the ADA with the organization.
Titles of the ADA
2. Reach out to a local interpreting agency or ISD Interpreting Services email@example.com for assistance in advocating for you with the organization.
Many campus events have ASL/English or foreign spoken language interpreters present. Want to attend an event at ISD and want to ensure you have access? Contact the school secretary:
Some interpreting agencies will have a special fund to pay for interpreters for private family events/gatherings such as weddings, baby showers, etc. Reach out to your local agency to see if they have funding available for family events.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Area
*Deaf Community Services (DCS)
Voice: (317) 479-3240 VP: (317) 542-3370
*LTC Language Solutions
Voice: (317) 578-457 VP: (317) 288-3706
*LUNA Language Services
Voice: (317) 341-4137
*Sharp-Eyed Group, LLC
TEXT/Voice: (317) 759-DEAF (3323)
VP: (317) 608-0397
Voice/TTY: (317) 244-9031
Interpreter Network Reaching Indiana Coordinator: Nita Starkey-Warren
Cell Phone: (765) 206-1392
Midwest Language Services, LLC
Phone number: (317) 296-7997
SRK Interpreting Service
Voice: (317) 496-8702
*Community Services with All Deaf (CSAD), Granger
Voice: (574) 247-6047 Ext. 108
VP: (574) 485-2097
*DeafLink, Fort Wayne
Voice: (260) 441-0551 VP: (260) 240-8736
Professional Interpreters for the Deaf (PID), Merrillville
Voice: (219) 736-7512
VP: (219) 576-7093
Tradewinds (formerly DSI), Merrillville
Voice: (219) 945-0100 ext. 212
VP: (219) 576-7091
INTERPRETING AGENCIES IN INDIANA
*Agencies with an asterisk indicate that ISD has use utilized services at these agencies in the past.
GETTING A VIDEOPHONE (VP) FOR YOUR CHILD
A video phone is a device that allows your child to call friends, family, businesses, or other people using sign language. They can call directly to another person that has a video phone or they can automatically connect to an interpreter AT NO COST to interact with a hearing person. Not only that, if you need an interpreter that uses ASL and speaks Spanish, that is available by requesting a Spanish interpreter when calling to connect with the hearing person.
Video phones are FREE to deaf and hard of hearing individuals. All that is needed is a connection to high-speed internet. Various companies provide video phones to deaf or hard of hearing individuals.
Once your child is approved for a video phone, a representative from the company will bring the equipment needed to set up the device and install it for you.
Click one of the links below to fill out the application for a free videophone.
Sorenson Video Relay