When a signed language interpreter is needed to facilitate communication access there are several aspects to be taken into consideration.
How to Find a Signed Language Interpreter
While we don’t provide signed language interpreting services for the community, we can provide resources. Interpreting may be arranged through a referral agency or privately. There are many benefits to working through a referral agency, including assistance from experts in finding an interpreter who is an appropriate linguistic match for your Deaf client, as well as convenience.
Agencies and individuals are encouraged to establish agreements with multiple companies for their interpreting needs, as none of the agreements are exclusive and often one agency is a better choice in one situation while another is a better fit for a different situation.
Please see the Fact Sheet entitled How to Find a Signed Language Interpreter in the “Information about Interpreters and Interpreting” section of our Fact Sheets page for a list of agencies serving New Mexico.
Working with a Signed Language Interpreter
A signed language interpreter is a specially trained professional who facilitates communication between individuals who communicate using signed language and those who do not.
In New Mexico, all signed language interpreters must be licensed by the Signed Language Interpreting Practices Board (SLIPB) at the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department to work in any community or educational settings.
Please see the Fact Sheet entitled Working with a Signed Language Interpreter in the “Information about Interpreters and Interpreting” section of our Fact Sheets page for detailed information on how to effectively provide effective communication through an interpreter.