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Interpreting Services

We provide American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf Interpreters (DI) throughout the state of Massachusetts, including the MetroWest community and beyond. All TLC interpreters hold national, state and/or educational credentials. We take pride in our growing team and value the trusted relationships we have developed with our customers. 

Inside TLC Interpreting Services

Our Interpreting Services

ASL interpreter interpreting a teacher in classroom.

We provide nationally certified and/or state approved ASL interpreters and Deaf interpreters to organizations and businesses that have interactions with individuals who are deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing. We also provide information regarding the Deaf Community, how to work with interpreters, and how to make communication more accessible.  

Our interpreters practice in a variety of settings, including educational, medical and therapeutic. Our Deaf interpreters have extensive training in utilizing their native knowledge of ASL for assessment and specialized situations. These assignments require nuanced translations that contain cultural, visual, tactile and linguistic elements. 

We firmly believe in fostering the growth and professional development of our interpreters.  Through workshops, specialized training and mentorships with veteran interpreters, they will continue to expand their skills and build expertise. 

Certifications

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TLC Interpreters may hold one or more types of certifications or screening test qualifications. 

National ASL Interpreter Certification:

There is a National Interpreter Certification (NIC) test that is given jointly by the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID).

Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing:

MCDHH conducts interpreter quality assurance screenings to evaluate interpreters who are not yet certified by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. (RID).

Interpreters in Education:

Our educational interpreters follow guidelines established by the National Association of Interpreters in Education (NAIE) and Standards of Professional Practice and meet the state standards established by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH). ​

Internships

Interpreting group of students with video camera

We take great pride in helping to develop the up-and-coming interpreters of tomorrow by providing them with work experience and mentorship from experienced interpreters. We have local and national ties with Interpreter Training Programs around the country for aspiring deaf and hearing interpreters:

  • Gallaudet University - Washington, DC
  • Road to Deaf Interpreting - Massachusetts
  • Northeastern University - Massachusetts
  • Northern Essex Community College - Massachusetts
  • University of New Hampshire at Manchester
  • University of Southern Maine
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • University of North Florida
  • Troy University - Alabama 
  • Western Oregon University

Working alongside our certified and screened interpreters and highly skilled professionals within the institution and community, we offer unique and diverse opportunities to either observe or team with our interpreters and staff.

Testing Center

Interpreting group of students with video camera

The Learning Center for the Deaf is an approved Local Test Administrator (LTA) for the Center for the Assessment of Sign Language Interpretation, LLC (CASLI) and can administer the following Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) certification exams:

●  Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI) Knowledge Exam

●  National Interpreter Certification (NIC) Knowledge Exam

●  National Interpreter Certification (NIC) Interview and Performance Exam

TLC is also an approved LTA for the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) Diagnostic Center at Boys Town National Research Hospital and can administer the following exams designed to assess the proficiency of educational interpreters:

●  EIPA Written Test and Knowledge Standards

●  EIPA Performance Test

Our Interpreting Services

ASL interpreter interpreting a teacher in classroom.

We provide nationally certified and/or state approved ASL interpreters and Deaf interpreters to organizations and businesses that have interactions with individuals who are deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing. We also provide information regarding the Deaf Community, how to work with interpreters, and how to make communication more accessible.  

Our interpreters practice in a variety of settings, including educational, medical and therapeutic. Our Deaf interpreters have extensive training in utilizing their native knowledge of ASL for assessment and specialized situations. These assignments require nuanced translations that contain cultural, visual, tactile and linguistic elements. 

We firmly believe in fostering the growth and professional development of our interpreters.  Through workshops, specialized training and mentorships with veteran interpreters, they will continue to expand their skills and build expertise. 

Certifications

Two ladies watching somebody talking in a office.

TLC Interpreters may hold one or more types of certifications or screening test qualifications. 

National ASL Interpreter Certification:

There is a National Interpreter Certification (NIC) test that is given jointly by the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID).

Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing:

MCDHH conducts interpreter quality assurance screenings to evaluate interpreters who are not yet certified by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. (RID).

Interpreters in Education:

Our educational interpreters follow guidelines established by the National Association of Interpreters in Education (NAIE) and Standards of Professional Practice and meet the state standards established by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH). ​

Internships

Interpreting group of students with video camera

We take great pride in helping to develop the up-and-coming interpreters of tomorrow by providing them with work experience and mentorship from experienced interpreters. We have local and national ties with Interpreter Training Programs around the country for aspiring deaf and hearing interpreters:

  • Gallaudet University - Washington, DC
  • Road to Deaf Interpreting - Massachusetts
  • Northeastern University - Massachusetts
  • Northern Essex Community College - Massachusetts
  • University of New Hampshire at Manchester
  • University of Southern Maine
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • University of North Florida
  • Troy University - Alabama 
  • Western Oregon University

Working alongside our certified and screened interpreters and highly skilled professionals within the institution and community, we offer unique and diverse opportunities to either observe or team with our interpreters and staff.

Testing Center

Interpreting group of students with video camera

The Learning Center for the Deaf is an approved Local Test Administrator (LTA) for the Center for the Assessment of Sign Language Interpretation, LLC (CASLI) and can administer the following Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) certification exams:

●  Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI) Knowledge Exam

●  National Interpreter Certification (NIC) Knowledge Exam

●  National Interpreter Certification (NIC) Interview and Performance Exam

TLC is also an approved LTA for the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) Diagnostic Center at Boys Town National Research Hospital and can administer the following exams designed to assess the proficiency of educational interpreters:

●  EIPA Written Test and Knowledge Standards

●  EIPA Performance Test

Schedule An Interpreter

Interpreting group of students with video camera

As the​ ​only private agency to have a contract with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts through the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, The Learning Center for the Deaf’s Community Interpreting Services program provides fee-based interpreting services and consultation for local businesses and organizations, schools, colleges/universities, hospitals/medical centers, and local and stage agencies.  The Learning Center for the Deaf is a non-profit 501[C](3) organization, and all proceeds from our lines of service directly benefit our programs.

I have been fortunate to use the interpreters from TLC for many years now in my medical practice. They are expert, highly-trained, professional interpreters who consistently arrive on time and provide access to communication with Deaf families in my practice. At times I forget they are in the room as I interact with my patients. The interpreting service is so easy and straightforward for my staff to book and provides so much value with their exceptional work that I could never go back to the time before I had their services. What a blessing this service has been to my entire practice!  

Pediatrics
Reliant Medical Group

Frequently Asked Questions

  As a Deaf professional, I have been extremely fortunate to work with a talented team of interpreters. This has allowed me to present at conferences feeling equal to other hearing presenters without any worries about language access, interact with other professionals and is able to focus on the task at hand instead of trying to overcome communication barriers. I am able to just BE a care clinician rather than be a Deaf clinician focusing on access. The team goes out of their way to collaborate with me before jobs to ensure professionalism and that we all feel prepared. 

Dru
Walden School Clinician