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The Office of Research Services partners with Access Interpreting to provide interpreting services to the NIH Deaf and Hard of Hearing community, including staff, patients and visitors. NIH policy seeks to expand employment opportunities and remove barriers to accessibility, per the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. All services are centrally funded and available upon request to paraticipate in any work related event or activity.   

NIH Policy: 2206 - Sign Language Interpreter Policy     2204 - NIH Reasonable Accommodation Policy (Section J)

Services Include:

  • American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreting (Basic and Scientific)* 

  • Real-time Transcription (CART)*  hands.png

  • Virtual Interpreting for popular meeting platforms  

    *Services can be provided onsite or remotely 

Sign Language Interpreting Services Program



 How to Request Service

uSked Portal

New Users: Click on the uSked Portal button and follow prompts to create a user account. For technical support or request a login ID, email,

Exiting Users: Login to the uSked Portal to request a service, check the status, edit, or cancel a service request.

Clinical Center Staff: Use the uSked Portal (not in CRIS) to request services for patients and their families during normal business hours. Patients receive priority scheduling 24/7. For URGENT requests or services after hours, weekends, and holidays, email or call 571-730-4330. NOTE: Information entered in CRIS will not be connected to uSked.

NOTE: Spoken language interpreters for patients and their families with limited English proficiency are not provided under this contract. Contact the CC Social Work Department at 301-496-2792.

  Tips for Planning Events

When entering a request on behalf of someone else (including a patient), enter the name of the person requiring services, short description of event and media link to connect to event. Also include agenda, slides and any other information beneficial to our service providers.

Technical issues and questions should be emailed to the scheduling office at

Request services 3-5 days in advance, when possible, to ensure availability

Cancel services within 2 days of event, when possible, to avoid billable charges to NIH

Per NIH Policy 2206, remember to include in announcements the following language: 

Sign language interpreting services are available upon request. Individuals who need interpreting services and/or other reasonable accommodations to participate in this event should contact NAMEXXX, PHONEXXXX or the Federal Relay Service @ 800-877-8339. Requests should be made five days in advance of the event. 

Consumer Guide - May 2018.pdf  FAQs _May 2018.pdf

Community Resources

Disability Etiquette: What We Say, How We Say It Matters

NIH Office of Equity Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) 

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

National Association of the Deaf (NAD)external page

Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)external page

Deaf in Government (DIG)external page

Deaf News /Stories Worth Sharing

Deaf-Owned Pizzeria in DCexternal page

First Deaf-Owned East Coast Breweryexternal page

Starbucks Opens First “Signing Store” for Deaf and Hard of Hearing in DC!external page

#IAmHHS: David Rice’s (NIH) Story of Service, Dedication & Discovery - Deaf Newsexternal page

iDeafNews.comexternal page

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Interpreting Listserv

Linda Kiefer

Program Manager /COR

We look forward to hearing from you and welcome your feedback!