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The NIH Interpreting Services program provides sign language interpreting services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community. Services are centrally funded and available at no cost to anyone at NIH, including patients and visitors. NIH has partnered with Access Interpreting to provide the following services: basic/scientific American Sign Language (ASL), Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART), and Video Remote Interpreting (VRI). Anyone with an NIH email account may request a service through the Access Portal on the NIH network.

NIH Policy: 2206 - Sign Language Interpreter Policy  and   2204 - NIH Reasonable Accommodation Policy (Section J)

Sign Language Interpreting Services Program



Got a meeting coming up?

Enter your request in now! Requests entered less than 5 days before the event may not be filled. 

Planning a general audience event?

Confirm attendees requiring interpreting services BEFORE scheduling and remember to cancel requests within 48 hours (2 business days) to avoid billable charges to NIH.

Include the following language in event announcements:

Sign language interpreting services are available upon request.  Individuals who need interpreting services and/or other reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, should contact NAMEXXX, PHONEXXXX or the Federal Relay Service @ 800-877-8339. Requests should be made five days in advance of the event. 

Clinical Center staff may enter requests for deaf or hard of hearing patients or their families using the Access Portal. Services are available 24/7 and patients receive priorty scheduling. For urgent requests outside of normal business hours, email or call 571-730-4330

Need a spoken language interpreter?

Contact the Clinical Center Social Work Department at 301-496-2792. Spoken language interpretation is available to patients with limited English proficiency. 

Request Services 

All you need is an NIH email account to request a service for yourself or someone else using the Access Portal on the NIH network, operated by Access Interpreting

New users click the Access Portal button below and follow the prompts to create a secure user profile.

Already have an account setup? Click the Access Portal button below to enter a new request, check the status, edit, or cancel an existing request.

For technical support or to request a login ID, email

Consumer Guidance

To learn more about the NIH Interpreting Services program or share your comments about the services, web content, or anything else, email us at  

We look forward to hearing from you and welcome your feedback!

Interpreting consumer guide - May 2018.pdf

Interpreting FAQs _May 2018.pdf

Community Resources

2206 - Sign Language Interpreter Policy (NEW Release)

2204 - NIH Reasonable Accommodation Policy (Section J)

Disability Etiquette: What We Say, How We Say It Matters

The EDI Blog -  Sponsored by the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

National Association of the Deaf (NAD)external page

Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)external page

Deaf in Government (DIG)external page

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Linda Kiefer

(301) 402-8180