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Interpreting Services (GIS)

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The mission of GIS is to provide comprehensive information access through exemplary interpreting services. Since 1990, the highest commitment of GIS is to meet the interpreting needs of the Gallaudet University community.  Additionally, GIS is committed to being a model of interpreting excellence both locally and nationwide.  With commitment, professionalism, experience and a strong sense of customer service, GIS provides more than 80,000 hours of interpreting services annually.

GIS has certified professionals to work in a wide array of settings which include:

  • Classrooms
  • Conferences
  • Legal appointments
  • Business meetings
  • Job interviews
  • Workshops
  • Internships

GIS also provides consultation and presentations regarding best practices in communication access, such as "How to Work with Interpreters" and advisement on the most efficient and effective format for communication access for an event. We provide interpreter coordination services for large events, and liaison services are available for key departments that are regular requesters of GIS services. GIS also values the professional development of interpreters, and we provide workshops, mentoring, training, and supervision to practicum interpreting students as well as professional working interpreters who are members of the GIS community.

GIS provide professional interpreting services to students, faculty, staff and teachers for Gallaudet-sponsored events as requested.  Services provided by GIS are as follows:

  • Close-vision interpreting
  • Tactile interpreting
  • American Sign Language interpreting
  • Spoken English interpreting
  • Captioning
  • International interpreting

If you want to request an interpreter through GIS, please check with the relevant campus department to make this request. We also welcome your direct feedback and preferences regarding your interpreting services on campus. Contact us for more information at or (202) 651-5199 (VP/V). 

The GIS offices are open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

We look forward to working with you!

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