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Sign Language Interpreting Services Program

The NIH Interpreting Services program provides sign language interpreting services to facilitate communication and enable members of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing (D/HH) community to participate in and enjoy equal access to all the benefits and privileges offered at NIH. All services delivered under this performance-based contract with Access Interpreting are centrally funded and include basic and scientific American Sign Language (ASL), Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART), and Video Remote Interpreting (VRI).  

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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?

Confirm attendees requiring Interpreting services before scheduling services. Remember to cancel requests within 48 hours (2 business days) of the event to avoid billable charges to NIH.

Need a foreign language translator?

Contact the Clinical Center's Social Work Department at 301-496-2792. Spoken language interpretation is NOT covered under this contract, but is available at the Clinical Center to patients and families with limited English proficiency. 

Request Interpreting Services

Requests are entered into a secure online portal, operated by Access Interpreting, on the NIH network. Anyone with an NIH email account can access the system and enter requests. First, users must create a profile.  Simply click on the Access Portal button below and follow the prompts to create a user profile, enter a new request, check the status, edit, or cancel an existing request. For technical support or to request a login ID, email

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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!

Community Resources

NIH Reasonable Accommodation Policy

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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)

Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)

Deaf in Government (DIG)

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Program Manager

Linda Kiefer

(301) 402-8180