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UPDATED 11/22/16

The Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) has made the decision to close the DORS Sign Language Interpreting Services Program. This is in no way a reflection of the value we place on equal access of communications for people with disabilities, the interpreting program, or our staff.
What does this mean for you? As of July 15, 2016, we are no longer direct providers of sign language interpreting services. If you are in need of interpreting services, please call 2-1-1, or visit www.211ct.org and search for “Sign Language Interpretation.” You can also follow this link to directly access the page listing interpreting services available in Connecticut (which will continue to be updated). TTY: 800-671-0737. If you are using a Videophone, please dial 860-571-7500 or 800-203-1234.

If you have questions about an existing bill, please call 860-424-5055.

We will continue to monitor and post a statewide Interpreter Registry. All sign language interpreters working for compensation in Connecticut must satisfy the mandates of established law CT General Statute Sec. 46a-33a, including annual registration with DORS and submission of documented credentials, including certification by a nationally recognized board. If you have any questions about the registry, please call 860-424-5055 or email DORS.Interpreting@ct.gov.

The Commission on the Deaf and Hearing Impaired (CDHI) was created by the Connecticut State Legislature in 1974 to advocate, strengthen and implement state policies affecting Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals and their relationship to the public, industry, health care, and educational opportunities. On July 1, 2011, CDHI merged into the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS).