Find an ASL Interpreter:
Contact the RI Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing to be referred to a local ASL interpreter.
Go to the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf's website to find a certified interpreter in RI
Licensure for ASL Interpreters:
Rules and Regulations for Licensing Interpreters for the Deaf
It is state law that in order to work in Rhode Island, an interpreter or transliterator must possess a valid license issued from the Rhode Island Department of Health. Three types of licensure may be issued to sign language interpreters and/or transliterators:
A Certified License shall be granted to interpreters and/or transliterators who have met the certification requirements as set forth in regulations promulgated by the Rhode Island Department of Health.
A Screened License shall be granted to interpreters who have met the educational requirements as set forth in regulations promulgated by the Rhode Island Department of Health, and who have successfully completed a recognized state screening or state equivalent as determined by the Rhode Island Department of Health in consultation with the Board of Examiners for Interpreters for the Deaf.
Board of Examiners for Interpreters for the Deaf:
According to the Rhode Island Department of Health, Office of Health Regulation, "The Board of Examiners for Interpreters for the Deaf acts in an advisory capacity to the Department of Health and to the Director of Health in all matters pertaining to the practice of the profession. The Board is responsible for the review and approval of applications for initial licensure, the formulation and promulgation of Rules and Regulations pertaining to the practice of the profession and for the overall exercise of disciplinary authority over all persons regulated under the statute. It is the mission of the Board to ensure that only qualified individuals enter the regulated profession, that the care and services which these individuals provide are within the standard of practice of the profession and that they maintain their professional competence through continuing education activities if required by statute."
RI Dept. of Health Licensee Verification
Applying for a License