Sign Language Interpreting Services

Nationwide Interpreter Resource, Inc.

The NIR team hold themselves to the highest standards, as a source for all your sign language interpreting needs, providing interpreters throughout the United States. NIR is your one-stop-shop, if you need sign language interpreting services for a single event, or interpreters throughout the country.

Contact us about our interpreting services

The NIR team hold themselves to the highest standards, as a source for all your sign language interpreting needs, providing interpreters throughout the United States. NIR is your one-stop-shop, if you need sign language interpreting services for a single event, or interpreters throughout the country.

New Interpreter Questionnaire

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Interpreter Request Form

Looking for an interpreter? We offer sign language interpreters in a variety of settings.

Online Cancellation Form

If you need to cancel services, please send a cancellation as soon as possible.

Get to know NIR

NIR was founded in 1997 by June B. Gordon, CSC, a graduate of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). June has been a nationally certified interpreter since 1987 by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) and a leader in the industry. NIR provides qualified sign language interpreters, who have many years of experience in the medical, legal, educational, political, corporate and theatrical communities. We are the only agency in our area, that has an on-call interpreter coordinator, working nights and weekends to serve our community 24/7/365. NIR is always open. We are proudly affiliated with the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.

Client Testimonials

Read what some of our satisfied cleints have to say about NIR.

I have been using the interpreting services of Nationwide Interpreter Resource for over fifteen years. I have always been satisfied with the interpreters and if I had any concerns, I was able to contact them.

I have always found NIR to be professional. They have been willing to meet my needs.

~ June M.

Our family has used the services of NIR for many years. The level of trust their interpreters and staff have developed with us has been invaluable. They feel like family and they treat their clients with the same empathy and dignity as family! NIR has supported us in good times and bad. After the loss of a family member, they stood behind us offering resources in our time of urgent need.

NIR’s consistent service, expert knowledge, and professionalism exceeds our expectations. We have used other services in the past, whether due to a physician’s office contractual obligation or other reason beyond our control. Whenever we have a choice, we contact NIR for all our interpreter needs.

~ The Gluckmans

NIR provides high quality professional sign language interpreting services. Their services are reliable and easily accessible. I feel comfortable and confident with NIR interpreters. They are my allies.

~ Rita

FAQs

Find answers in our FAQ to commonly asked questions about our services.

Why do I need to hire an interpreter?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) dictates a variety of special accommodations, including wheelchair ramps, grab bars and handrails. Title III of the ADA specifically targets auxiliary aides, including interpreting services.

Who is required to provide an interpreter? Why is an interpreter important for effective communication? How can I hire a qualified interpreter?
How do I work with an interpreter?

Working with an interpreter can seem overwhelming for a first-time consumer. Here are some tips to assure a pleasant and simple experience for you and top-notch accessibility for your Deaf consumer

  • Relax.
  • Allow the interpreter and the Deaf person to determine the best place to sit or stand.
  • Speak naturally and directly to the Deaf person. The interpreter is there to facilitate communication between you and the Deaf person, not to become a part of the conversation.
  • When the Deaf person responds, you will often notice a short delay. Please allow time for this so that the interpreter may effectively process the information.
  • The interpreter is bound by a Code of Professional Conduct with strict confidentiality guidelines. S/he is not allowed to interject an opinion or to tell you anything about the Deaf consumer.
  • The interpreter needs breaks, depending on the duration and intensity of the assignment. Please find out the interpreter’s needs for your assignment.
  • Please allow only one person to speak at a time. The interpreter can only interpret one message at a time.
  • Some assignments require the use of 2 or more interpreters. For more information, please see team interpreting.
Can anyone who knows Sign Language interpret?

No. The ability to converse in sign language does not qualify a person to interpret.

Interpreting is a complex process requiring native-like fluency in at least two languages. The interpreter must understand the meaning of the message being communicated in one language and determine how to convey that meaning in the other language. The interpreter must present that message in a way that captures the intent and emotion of the person giving the message.

Qualified interpreters typically study American Sign Language (ASL) two to five years and complete two or more years of interpreter training prior to passing certification tests. Certified professionals must fulfill annual continuing education requirements to enhance skills.

How many interpreters will I need?

Sometimes one interpreter will be able to meet the needs of your particular event. However, the setting, the complexity or duration of the event, and specific needs of the consumers, may dictate using two or more interpreters, to work as a team.

NIR staff will help you determine whether your event will be best served by a single interpreter, a team or a Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI).

The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) outlines specific guidelines for team interpreting.

To meet some unique communication challenges, a Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI) may ensure access for all consumers. RID defines the role and function of the CDI.

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