Program for Deaf Adults (PDA) can arrange to have sign language interpreters for mainstream academic classes, mainstream continuing education classes, and other college activities or events. All requests for interpreters are placed through PDA’s Coordinator of Interpreting Services. Click on the following links for information on how to request an interpreter for your particular needs:
Why do I need to provide an interpreter?
* To provide equal access for Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing students and staff, as required by law (Section 504 of the Federal Rehab Act, 1973;Americans with Disabilities Act, 1990).
When do I need to provide an interpreter?
* For college or departmental meetings or workshops attended by Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing staff or students. * For college or departmental events attended by staff or students. * For college or departmental events open to the outside community. * For employment interviews, orientations, trainings, etc.
Who provides the interpreter?
* Providing the interpreter is the responsibility of the division, department, or program sponsoring the meeting, workshop, or event. However, PDA can make the arrangements to hire and assign the interpreters.
Is there a charge for interpreting services?
* There is a charge for all interpreting services. * Payment is the responsibility of the sponsoring division, department or program.
Doesn’t PDA have interpreters we can use?
* PDA’s responsibility is to provide interpreters only for: - Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing students in academic classes, or other academic-related activities (meetings with instructors or administrative staff, internship, etc.) - Deaf/ Hard-of-Hearing staff in performance of their responsibilities for academic students * For all other situations, interpreters are the responsibility of the sponsoring division, department or program.
Why is my department responsible for the interpreter?
* LaGuardia Community College is required by law (“504” and ADA, as noted above) to provide equal access for persons with disabilities for all classes, services, events, and employment. * This requirement extends to all departments and employees of LaGuardia to make their programs or events accessible to anyone who is otherwise eligible to attend.
How do I arrange for an interpreter?
* Contact the Coordinator of Interpreting Services in PDA to place a request. Be prepared with the following information: - Date, time and location of event - Nature of the event (e.g., workshop, lecture, play, etc.) - Anticipated attendees (e.g., staff, students, outside community) - Who is sponsoring the event (i.e., who is responsible for paying for the interpreting services) and their contact information.
When should I request the interpreter?
* All interpreter requests should be made as far in advance as possible to ensure interpreter availability generally, as soon as the date and time of the event is known, or a minimun of three to four weeks. * It is always easier to schedule an interpreter far in advance and later cancel the request if necessary, than to rush at the last minute to find an available interpreter.
I don’t want to pay for interpreters if they are not needed. How can I know if any Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing persons will attend?
* It is strongly advised to include a deadline date for accommodations requests in all material that publicizes your event (posters, brochures, e-mail announcements, etc.). * Generally, two weeks prior to the event would be an appropriate date for persons needing accommodations to make their request, regardless of any other stated registration deadlines. * PDA can help you with the wording for the accommodations statement.
What is the cost for interpreting services?
* The hourly rate for the interpreter will depend on several factors: - Is a PDA interpreter available? Every effort will be made to use PDA staff interpreters, and college departments will be charged at the staff interpreter hourly rate. - Is it necessary to hire an outside interpreter? Outside interpreters, whether hired directly as an independent contractor or through a referral agency, will charge a higher rate than the PDA staff rate.
- Does the event require special skills or preparation time?
Interpreters for performances or for special communi-
cation needs (e.g., interpreting for Deaf-Blind persons;
tri-lingual, such as English/Spanish/ASL
interpreting) may require additional compensation.
* The Coordinator of Interpreting Services can advise you on
the requirements and cost of interpreters for your particular need.
For further information about Interpreting Services, please contact Jane Rizzuto, Coordinator of Interpreting Services
Program for Deaf Adults
Mailing Address:31-10 Thomson AvenueRoom C-203Long Island City, NY 11101
Location:29-10 Thomson AvenueLong Island City, NY 11101
(718) 482-5324 Voice (917) 832-1207 VP (718) 609-2069 Fax
Sue Livingston, PhD Professor, Basic Skills (718) 482-5621 Voice/TTY firstname.lastname@example.org
Kim Lucas, MA Academic Advisor/Coordinator of Accommodation Support Servicea (917) 832-1203 VP email@example.com
Jane Rizzuto, MBA Coordinator Interpreter Services (718) 482-5309 Voice firstname.lastname@example.org