Hiring and Working with an Interpreter
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, enacted in 1992, most
organizations are now required by federal law to provide interpreting
services as necessary to ensure effective communication with deaf
and hard of hearing people. In other words, when interpreting services
are necessary, it is the service provider's (e.g. lawyer's, doctor's,
hospital's, state agency's, educational institution's, court's)
responsibility to secure and pay for these services. The Vermont
Interpreter Referral Service works with service providers and organizations
to assist them in complying with the law, locating the most appropriately
qualified interpreters and cost-effective terms.
In Vermont, organizations and businesses have two options for hiring
- Using the Vermont Interpreter Referral Service (VIRS). A Finder's
Fee is charged for using the Service.
- Contacting the Division
of Vocational Rehabilitation at 802-241-3182 or checking their
web site for the list of certified interpreters. You would then
be able to contact the interpreters directly.