Certified interpreters are bound to comply with the RID Code of Ethics. The Code of Ethics explains the role of the interpreter, what they should do and what they should not do. It is helpful that you become familiar with what professional ethics entail in order to utilize your interpreter effectively. Please refer to the RID website to read the Code of Ethics at http://www.rid.org/coe.html

First, sign up as a new customer, then you can use our online request portal to send us your interpreting request. No matter what your preferred method, we are available to help you find an interpreter to meet your needs.  In regards to staffing, we respond to SS, RFI & Bid requests. Feel free to contact us if you have questions on how to create a log-in account.

While we cannot provide legal advice, we can say that generally, the hospital, school system, clinic, employer, private physician, therapist or other service provider is responsible for obtaining and paying for the interpreter. Please refer to the ADA home page for results of recent mediation regarding accommodations and who is responsible to provide and pay for interpreters at http://www.ada.gov/mediate.htm.

First, ask about their credentials and years of experience. Both the National Association of the Deaf (www.nad.org) and the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (www.rid.org) are national organizations that credential professional interpreters. While NAD and RID have now combined their efforts to offer a new certification called the NIC, many professional interpreters still carry separate credentials from these organizations. See “What type of interpreter credentials should I look for?” for a list of certifications. Next, listen to the feedback of those who the interpreter is serving in your organization. If you are getting negative feedback, then it’s important to investigate those concerns and let the interpreter or referral service know your concerns. Any reputable organization or individual practitioner will want to address your concerns right away and ensure that everyone is well serviced. Finally, take steps to ensure a smooth assignment but conveying all of the pertinent information about the assignment content, setting, and people involved to the interpreter or referral service when making the initial request or prior to the assignment.

The simple answer is yes. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) does state that hospitals, emergency rooms, outpatient centers, clinics and other healthcare settings must provide effective means of communication for patients, their family members, and visitors who are Deaf or hard of hearing. For more details, please refer to the US Department of Justice’s ADA Business Brief at http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/hospcombr.htm.

There are a variety of ways in which Deaf and hard of hearing individuals prefer to communicate. Many use American Sign Language (ASL) or Pigeon Signed English (PSE). Others use captioning or speech reading. Still others use signed English, Cued Speech or assisted listening devices (ALD’s) such as FM loops. For this reason, it is critical that you assess the needs of the individual(s) for whom you are making accommodations. This will ensure that you correctly match the accommodation with the needs of the Deaf or hard of hearing person, avoid costly mistakes and unnecessary delays. In brief encounters where critical information does not need to be conveyed, and no interpreter is available, then written notes can be used if both parties are willing. This is in no way considered optimal or effective communications for anything other than brief exchanges, such as setting up an appointment.

Simply ask them. Most individuals are more than happy to explain exactly what types of accommodations best fit their needs so refer to them as your first resource. It’s easier than ever, in our technologically advanced society, to reach out and contact a Deaf or hard of hearing person via email, fax, video relay, text relay and pager. The person or persons you are working with can tell you which methods they prefer you use to reach them. It’s great to familiarize yourself with the local text relay service number if that person uses a TTY or text telephone. Some people use a videophone, d-link or web cam or their computer to make phone calls through a video relay service. Still others prefer a text messaging pager or just regular email to communicate. Often when you call a person through a relay system, whether it’s text or through a video relay interpreter, Deaf and hard of hearing users have an answering machine-type device for you to leave a message for them much like leaving a voicemail message for a hearing person. These are but a few options available to you and the person you are trying to communicate with. Whether in their home or work environment, many Deaf and hard of hearing people use special signaling devices much like those that hearing people depend on such as doorbells and phone ringers. For example, instead of an auditory doorbell, many people use a special doorbell that causes a light to flash alerting the person that someone is at the door. The same is true for the phone ringing, a dog barking or a baby crying. There are special devices that may cause a light to flash or send a signal to a device the person carries with them so that they are aware of these environmental noises. Whatever the method, don’t be afraid to ask questions about how to reach that person and let them know how they can best reach you so that you can work together to get the most out of using an interpreter or transcriber.

There are many different types of certification that interpreters can hold. Some of the most common that interpreters carry are…

  • NIC- National Interpreter Certification (NAD-RID)
  • CDI- Certified Deaf Interpreter (RID)
  • CI- Certificate of Interpretation (RID)
  • CT- Certificate of Transliteration (RID)
  • CSC- Comprehensive Skills Certification (RID)
  • NAD Levels III, IV and V (NAD)

For an explanation of the RID certifications listed above, please refer to http://www.rid.org/expl.html for more details. For an explanation of the NAD certifications listed above, please refer to http://www.deaf-center.org/nadnic95.htm for more details.

Yes, they can! There is a great way to recoup the costs for providing interpreters and transcribers. After all, why should your organization be penalized for doing the right thing? They shouldn’t be and there is a good chance that the IRS has the solution. Many businesses may not be aware of this but the IRS has methods to help you and encourage you to provide access to your service for people with disabilities. While it can seem like a rather unexpected expense to some organizations initially, there is a great deal of support already in place that could help you take advantage of special incentives to provide these important and necessary accommodations. You may already be eligible for thousands of dollars in tax credits and deductions that businesses can use every year to defray the cost for providing interpreters, transcribers, and other crucial accommodations. It’s important that you consult with your tax advisor each year regarding ADA compliance improvements and reasonable accommodations that you have provided to make sure you are not missing out on this fantastic opportunity. The federal government understands the importance of providing equal access to your organization for everyone. Like you, we understand the importance of complying with the ADA . With thousands of dollars in savings at stake, this is worth investigating for your company. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers two ways for businesses to offset the costs incurred when hiring interpreters or providing other ADA improvements. Small businesses can take advantage of a special credit every year offered by the IRS. All businesses can take advantage of a special deduction, as well. While we are not professional tax experts and cannot provide tax or financial advice, we urge businesses to contact the IRS and their own accountant to explore these means of offsetting costs. Please take advantage of an on-line course offered by the Department of Justice and the ADA to learn more about reaching out to customers who have disabilities at http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/reachingout/intro1.htm

It’s our synergy that makes us different. There are a very few interpreter services are run by working interpreters. There are even fewer organizations run by Deaf business people. Still, most organizations are run by people who aren’t even fluent in sign language, have never had to use an interpreter and know little about the processes of interpreting or transcription, much less the issues or concerns of Deaf and hard of hearing individuals. This is just one area that sets us apart from the fray. Our group was founded by and is run by a highly qualified, certified interpreter and a highly experienced Deaf businesswoman. We have achieved a synergy of these two distinct worlds and brought this new, powerful resource to you.

We started MAIG because we know there is always room for a company that does its work very well. We have worked with hundreds of companies and agencies to fill hundreds of thousands of staffing hours, and we’ve done it all with a level of precision that allows us to keep growing – right alongside our partners and our clients.

We believe that you deserve highly skilled practitioners at a competitive rate. We will provide that to you and treat you with fairness, honesty and respect. After years of watching agencies and referral services maximize profits with no regard for quality of service, we have decided we must become the change. After years of watching unskilled practitioners accept assignments that they should not, we have been driven to act. After years of watching administrators charge exorbitant rates while they undervalued their practitioners, we see a new way. We know there is a better way. We know that profit cannot dictate service. We will accept nothing less than excellence from ourselves & our group. Our high standard is what has enabled us to succeed for almost two decades in delivering only the highest quality interpreting and staffing solutions. 

Reasonable Accommodations is one of the crucial aspects of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). They state that reasonable accommodations must be provided to a qualified employee with a disability. Reasonable accommodations are tools, equipment, or even persons who remove obstacles that prevent a qualified employee with a disability from performing the essential functions of their job.

Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act prohibits discrimination against individuals with a disability in the Federal Sector.

As defined by the ADA – the threshold for proving reasonability is whether or not the accommodation is considered to impose undue hardship on the employer in the form of significant difficulty or expense.

Reasonable Accommodations are quite common, in fact many businesses already employ some reasonable accommodations without realizing it. For example, for employees with significant back pain a sit-stand desk can be considered a reasonable accommodation. For others, a special ergonomic chair, or a stool to rest their legs. Accommodation is becoming more and more common as the years go on.

No, in fact 31% of accommodations cost nothing, 50% cost less than $50, 69% cost less than $500 and 88% cost less than $1,000. Read about this and get specific examples here: https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/free-books/employee-rights-book/chapter7-8.html

The U.S. Access Board is a great tool to use as they regularly publish content and host events. https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/free-books/employee-rights-book/chapter7-8.html. The ADA.gov website is also a great tool. You can also email us at reasonable.accommodations@interpretmaig.com to get some more specific information, our team is always willing and able to help answer any questions..

Besides the fact that many people with a disability are equally as qualified if not more qualified than their abled counterparts, hiring as person with a disability has additional benefits that many organizations may not consider. Individuals with a disability increase workplace diversity, which study after study has shown is a Individuals with a disability also provide a wholly unique perspective that is too often missing from teams in the modern American workforce and can significantly increase the feelings of inclusiveness and belonging. In a climate where job vacancies are outstripping the number of qualified applicants, no organization can afford to overlook this important resource in their recruitment and hiring plan. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s latest findings around 13% of all Americans have a disability. This is a statistically significant number because it represents a large percentage of the potential labor pool, and is also reflective of marketplace as a whole.

Disclosure: We are an interpreting and transcribing service provider. We are not qualified or licensed accountants, attorneys, health professionals or therapists. We are not intending to nor are we qualified to advise or provide any counsel regarding legal rights, taxes or accessibility issues. These FAQ’s in no way represent legal, financial, civil rights, or tax advice and are merely a general guide provided for informational purposes only.

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