Interpreter Services

The Interpreter Services department at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) supports the needs of students, parents, staff members, and other individuals who are associated with FSDB.

FSDB staff and contractual interpreters adhere to the RID Code of Professional Conduct. The majority of interpreters employed by FSDB hold National Interpreter Certification (NIC).

FSDB interpreters provide services to students and school personnel in a variety of settings: classrooms, school events and meetings, health care and related service appointments, extracurricular activities, internships and interviews, and other activities as requested. Interpreting methods and approaches include voice to sign, sign to voice, close vision, tactile, and oral interpreting, based on the needs and preferences of the people involved. The FSDB English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) department handles Spanish-English translation. ESOL personnel also work with students and families having other home languages.

An American Sign Language (ASL) instructor within the Interpreter Services department provides one-on-one ASL skills development for individual students and ASL classes for staff members. The department also administers the Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI) for school personnel, as required.

Interpreter services are also provided to FSDB students enrolled in off campus programs, e.g., First Coast Technical College, St. Augustine High School and St. Johns River State College.

Learn more about interpreter resources.

For more information, contact:

Michelle Dinberg
Director of Interpreter Services