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South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind

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Statewide Interpreting Services Overview

We believe citizens of South Carolina who are deaf or hard of hearing have the right to quality professional services and access to meaningful communication. We strive to be the statewide leader by:

  • Providing high quality, professional services
  • Adhering to best practices
  • Providing educational opportunities
  • Leading by example

Statewide Interpreting Services employs highly qualified staff and contract interpreters to meet interpreting needs across the entire state in a variety of settings including, but not limited to: 

  • Educational (all levels)
  • Medical (appointments, therapy, hospitals, counseling)
  • Legal
  • Federal, State, and Local Agencies
  • Business (meetings, trainings, interviews)
  • Conferences
  • Performances
  • Social Services
  • Non-profits

Interpreting services are available on-site and virtually via HIPAA and FERPA compliant video conferencing platform.

Interpreters with Statewide Interpreting Services meet or exceed requirements of the SC Sign language Interpreters Act and guidelines set forth by the ADA 

Professional Qualifications and Standards

Our interpreters are highly qualified professionals, each possessing one or more of the following professional credentials:

  • National certification through the Registry of Interpreters of the Deaf (RID)
  • National certification through the National Association of the Deaf (NAD)
  • An Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) score greater than 3.5

Additionally, many hold advanced degrees and have specialized training.

Our interpreters adhere to the NAD-RID Code of Professional Conduct (CPC). Our professional interpreters:

  • Adhere to standards of confidential communication
  • Possess the professional skills and knowledge required for the specific interpreting situation
  • Conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the specific interpreting situation
  • Demonstrate respect for consumers
  • Demonstrate respect for colleagues, interns, and students of the profession
  • Maintain ethical business practices
  • Engage in professional development