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  • Got a meeting coming up? Put your request in now! Requests entered less than 5 days before the event may not be filled. 
  • Planning a general audience event? Remember to confirm the number of attendees requiring services.
  • Don't forget to cancel requests within 48 hours (2 business days) of the event to avoid billable charges to NIH.
  • NOTE: Spoken language interpretation is not covered under this contract; but is available at the Clinical Center to patients and families with limited English proficiency. Contact the Social Work Department at 301-496-2792.

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Interpreting Listserv 

Sign Language Interpreting Services

NIH provides centrally funded sign language interpreting services to the NIH community, under a performance based contract with Access Interpreting, to facilitate communication and enable members of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing (D/HH) community to participate in events and activities and enjoy equal access to all the benefits and privileges offered at NIH. Services include basic and scientific American Sign Language (ASL), Computer Aided Real-time Translation (CART), and Video Remote Interpreting (VRI).    

Request Services

Requests are easily entered into a secure online portal on the NIH network by anyone with an NIH email account. To create a user profile, enter a new request, check the status, edit, or cancel an existing request, click secure portal button below and follow the prompts. For technical support or to request a login ID, email
For all other questions or to share feedback about the program, services, and web content, email the interpreting services program team at Check out our community resources, subscribe to the listserv, and follow us on Twitter.  We welcome your feedback!

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Program Team

Linda Kiefer
Program Manager
(301) 402-8180

Carole Harman
Quality Assurance Specialist
(301) 402-8180