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For individuals who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or Deaf-Blind, access to vocational rehabilitation services, mental and physical health care, social services, education, telecommunications, the justice system, and civic life depends upon the availability of qualified interpreters.  The Department of Education Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) has supported the growth of the interpreting workforce for more than twenty-five years through the Training of Interpreters for Individuals who are Deaf and Individuals who are Deaf-Blind Program. The primary purpose of the grant program is to develop and implement effective education and professional development activities to enhance the quality and availability of interpreting services with particular emphasis on the communication needs of consumers of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services.

Audience(s): Academics & Faculty


  • Annual events and practicioner trainings hosted to keep up to date on best practices.
  • 2016 hosted the “Novice Interpreters Speak Up! Reflections on Entry to Practice: A Conversation with Interpreters of Color” Series to engage in a dialogue to identify educational resources.