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Accessibility Resource Center

Sign Language Interpreter Services

An interpreter uses sign language to ensure that effective communication takes place between two different parties. Interpreters facilitate the integration of individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing into the academic and student activity setting.

Please note: This accommodation must be approved by an advisor, and will depend on the symptoms and severity of the student's hearing loss and essential needs.

All arrangements for interpreting services must be made through the Deaf Services Coordinator at ARC.

Request Process

  1. Meet with Deaf Services Advisor to determine eligibility for service.
  2. Provide Deaf Services Advisor with a copy of your class schedule.


  • It is important for students using this service to notify ARC if they are unable to attend class as soon as possible. Students may use the California Relay Service to leave voice mail messages when ARC is closed, or e-mail the
  • If a student does not show up during the first 15 minutes of the class, the interpreter will leave and contact ARC for messages. If there are no messages from the student, the incident will be reported as a "no-show" and services for any subsequent classes that day may be canceled. Students may notify ARC to reinstate the services at any time during the day, however, ARC cannot guarantee services will be provided because the interpreters or service providers may have already been reassigned. If a student fails to show up for class on the following day, all services will be discontinued until their ARC advisor is notified
  • The interpreter's job is to interpret what the professor and your classmates say, and to voice your signing when appropriate. Please do not ask interpreters for help in your class.
  • If you wish to speak to your professor after class, first ask the interpreter if they can stay. If not, make an appointment with the professor and request an interpreter from ARC.
  • If you have any difficulties with your interpreter, please do not discuss it with other interpreters, students, or instructors. Discuss the problem with the interpreter first, and if the situation is not resolved, then bring it to the attention of the Deaf Services Advisor.
  • Plan ahead. If you are planning to make an oral presentation in class, it is important that you practice with the interpreter who will be voicing for you. It is the student's responsibility to provide the interpreter with a copy of the script or speech.

If you have any questions about this accommodation, please contact the Accessibility Resource Center at 530-898-5959.