How To Request An Interpreter

  • Interpreters in our area of Virginia all work as independent contractors. To hire one, it is necessary to call each one individually near to you to see if they are available for your appointment time. If they are available, you can ask about their rates and billing policies, and agree on terms. There are very few interpreters in our area of the state, and they are in very high demand. Please call to arrange an interpreter as far ahead of time as possible. Planning 2 weeks or more in advance will improve your chances of locating someone.
  • The interpreter will also need to know the specifics of the assignment, including the Deaf consumer, the subject matter, the length of the assignment, billing requirements and address, etc.
  • You can expect interpreter rates to be about $25-75 per hour, depending on the assignment and the credentials/experience of the interpreter.
  • Billing policies will likely include a two-hour minimum, including the driving time to and from their home to the appointment. Most interpreters require cancellation notice greater than 24 or 48 hours to avoid charges.
  • Assignments over 2 hours in length or of a particularly difficult nature will require 2 interpreters, working as a team.
  • Interpreters abide by a strict Code of Professional Conduct. Your facility may also need to sign a HIPAA agreement with the interpreters you use.

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