Request Event Interpreting Services

The Interpreting Services Office (ISO) provides communication access accommodations in state supported classes, activities, and related academic requirements that are directly related to the student's educational process.

The ISO does not guarantee services for public events, such as campus-wide forums, program specific activities, career development or vocational programs. Services for these types of events may be provided based on available resources. Use the form below to request services at least five business days before the event.

If services cannot be provided through ISO, you be informed as soon as possible so that you can find an alternative agency to provide them. It is important to communicate with any deaf/hard-of-hearing students that will be in attendance in order to provide them the accommodations that they need. San Diego Community College District representatives may request services using their department funds through one or more agencies listed below.

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 states, "No individual shall be discriminated against on the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations of any place of public accommodation by any person who owns, leases (or leases to), or operates a place of public accommodation." Therefore, in any activities where staff or the public may be in attendance, it is the sponsoring department/program's responsibility to provide access for individuals with disabilities. The accommodation can include, but is not limited to, seating, hearing, or communication supports.


Interpreting and Speech-to-text Services Agencies

Please call the agencies below for specific rates and policies or view the Agency Rates for SDCCD for information when seeking support for non-classroom event.

On-site Interpreting Services: 

Sign language interpreting agencies often require a two (2) hour minimum. In addition, many agencies require two (2) interpreters for meetings lasting more than one (1) hour.

On-site Real-Time Captioning Services: 

This involves a person transcribing auditory information (i.e., lectures) into written language that is then displayed on a laptop computer screen for the recipients of the service.


Helpful Tips: Accommodations for the Public

  • The departments and the faculty members who make up academic departments are responsible for ensuring that their programs and services are accessible to individuals with disabilities, including students. The individual with a disability is the best source of information regarding necessary accommodations.
  • In order for requests for accommodation to be made in a timely manner, all flyers for any upcoming activities for the public should include a time frame, person, and contact phone number. An example of the wording might be: "Please contact [contact name] in [department], at [contact phone number and/or email address] by [date - usually 2-3 weeks before the event] to request accommodations for persons with disabilities".
  • In the San Diego Community College District, it is the individual's responsibility to request a special accommodation if desired, but staff or faculty can make an individual comfortable by inquiring about special needs.
  • Interpreters, captioners, and transcribers are professional service providers who facilitate communication between deaf/hard-of-hearing and hearing individuals. The service providers follow their codes of professional conduct. They do not advise, tutor, or offer personal opinions but can answer questions to help everyone navigate the communication situations.


Request Services for an Event

Please provide details for the event. All requests must be submitted no less than five (5) business days prior to the event.
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Interpreting Services Office | 
Daniel Nakaji, Supervisor | | (619) 550-3389 (videophone or voice)