Training of Interpreters for Individuals Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and Individuals Who Are Deaf-Blind Program
Program Office: Rehabilitation Services Administration
CFDA Number: 84.160C (Experiential Learning Model Demonstration Center), 84.160D (Interpreter Training in Specialty Areas)
Program Type: Discretionary/Competitive Grants
Under CFDA 84.160C a national consortium will develop an experiential learning program that could be implemented through baccalaureate degree American Sign Language (ASL)-English programs or through partner organizations, pilot the experiential learning program in three baccalaureate degree ASL-English programs and evaluate the results, and disseminate practices that are promising or supported by evidence, examples, and lessons learned. The goals of this project are to: 1) increase the number of certified interpreters, 2) reduce the average length of time it takes for novice interpreters to become nationally certified after graduating from baccalaureate degree ASL-English interpretation programs and 3) increase the average number of hours that novice interpreters, through the experiential learning program, interact with and learn from the local deaf community.
Under CFDA 84.160D, projects will provide specialty training to working interpreters across the country who possess a baccalaureate degree in ASL-English and who have a minimum of three years of relevant experience as an interpreter (or equivalence, such as relevant professional experience and years of education (credit hours) not totaling a formal degree). The goals for these projects are to 1) increase in the number of interpreters who are trained to work with deaf consumers who require specialized interpreting and 2) increase the number of interpreters trained in specialty areas that obtain or advance in employment in the areas for which they were prepared.