Training of Interpreters for Individuals Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing or Deaf-Blind

Program Description

Under CFDA 84.160C a national consortium will develop an experiential learning program that could be implemented through baccalaureate degree American Sign Language (ASL)-English programs or through partner organizations, pilot the experiential learning program in three baccalaureate degree ASL-English programs and evaluate the results, and disseminate practices that are promising or supported by evidence, examples, and lessons learned. The goals of this project are to: 1) increase the number of certified interpreters, 2) reduce the average length of time it takes for novice interpreters to become nationally certified after graduating from baccalaureate degree ASL-English interpretation programs and 3) increase the average number of hours that novice interpreters, through the experiential learning program, interact with and learn from the local deaf community.

Under CFDA 84.160D, projects will provide specialty training to working interpreters across the country who possess a baccalaureate degree in ASL-English and who have a minimum of three years of relevant experience as an interpreter (or equivalence, such as relevant professional experience and years of education (credit hours) not totaling a formal degree). The goals for these projects are to 1) increase in the number of interpreters who are trained to work with deaf consumers who require specialized interpreting and 2) increase the number of interpreters trained in specialty areas that obtain or advance in employment in the areas for which they were prepared.

Program Eligibility
CFDA 84.160C – Experiential Learning Model Demonstration Center

Who May Apply: Baccalaureate degree American Sign Language (ASL)-English interpretation programs that are recognized and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education (CCIE) are eligible to apply as lead applicants in the consortium. States and public or nonprofit agencies and organizations, including institutions of higher education, such as baccalaureate degree ASL-English interpretation programs that are not CCIE accredited, are not eligible to be lead applicants but are eligible to be members of the consortium.


CFDA 84.160D – Interpreter Training in Specialty Areas

Who May Apply: States and public or nonprofit agencies and organizations, including American Indian tribes and Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs).
Program Contact
Kristen Rhinehart-Fernandez
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
PCP, Room 5062
Washington, DC 20202
Phone: 202-245-6103
FAX: 202-245-7590
Email: kristen.rhinehart@ed.gov
Funding type
Discretionary/Competitive Grants
CFDA code
84.160C

Funding

Total Awards to RSA Grantees
CFDA Number Program Number of New Awards FY 2019 Total New Awards FY 2019 Number of Continuation Awards FY 2019 Total Continuation Awards FY 2019
84.160 Training of Interpreters for Individuals Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Individuals Who Are Deaf-Blind 0 5 $2,399,995.96

Awards

Awards to Grantees
State Grantee PR Award Number Total for New Awards in FY 2020 Total for New Awards in FY 2019 Total for New Awards in FY 2018 Total for New Awards in FY 2017 Total for New Awards in FY 2016 Total for New Awards in FY 2015
Minnesota St. Catherine University H160C160001 $800,000
Colorado University of Northern Colorado H160D160001 $400,000
Massachusetts Northeastern University H160D160002 $399,999
Minnesota St. Catherine University H160D160003 $399,965
Oregon Western Oregon University H160D160005 $400,000

Eligibility

CFDA 84.160C – Experiential Learning Model Demonstration Center

Who May Apply: Baccalaureate degree American Sign Language (ASL)-English interpretation programs that are recognized and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education (CCIE) are eligible to apply as lead applicants in the consortium. States and public or nonprofit agencies and organizations, including institutions of higher education, such as baccalaureate degree ASL-English interpretation programs that are not CCIE accredited, are not eligible to be lead applicants but are eligible to be members of the consortium.

CFDA 84.160D – Interpreter Training in Specialty Areas

Who May Apply: States and public or nonprofit agencies and organizations, including American Indian tribes and Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs).

Training of Interpreters for Individuals Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and Individuals Who are Deaf-Blind

CFDA Number: 84.160C (Experiential Learning Model Demonstration Center), 84.160D (Interpreter Training in Specialty Areas)
Program Type: Discretionary/Competitive Grants

Program Description

The Training of Interpreters for Individuals Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and Individuals Who Are Deaf-Blind program is designed to establish interpreter training programs or to provide financial assistance for ongoing interpreter programs to train a sufficient number of qualified interpreters throughout the country in order to meet the communication needs of individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing and individuals who are deaf-blind by (a) Training interpreters to effectively interpret and transliterate between spoken language and sign language and to transliterate between spoken language and oral or tactile modes of communication; (b) Ensuring the maintenance of the interpreting skills of qualified interpreters; and (c) Providing opportunities for interpreters to raise their skill level competence in order.