American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreting

How do I request ASL interpreting services?

For new students, please visit: dsp.berkeley.edu/students/new-students

For returning students, please visit: dsp.berkeley.edu/students/returning-students

What if I make a late request or change my classes?

Please request ASL accommodations through AIM for any class changes or newly added classes. Please notify the ASL Supervisor once the AIM changes have been made.

Will I have the same ASL interpreter for all of my classes?

Interpreters will be scheduled based on logistics and students’ schedules. For classes that are more than an hour in length or with complex content, two interpreters will be assigned. They will switch every 15-20 minutes.

Where does the interpreter stand?

The interpreter will stand as close to the hearing speaker as possible so the student can pick up on facial expressions and body language from the hearing speaker.

What if a class is cancelled?

In the event that a class is cancelled, the student will need to notify the ASL Supervisor as soon as possible.

What if I am absent or late?

The student should notify the ASL Supervisor as soon as possible that they will not be attending that class. We recognize that there may be instances in which, due to unavoidable circumstances, a student may not be able to provide advance notice of being absent/late for class. If no advance notice is provided, ASL interpreters will wait for the student's arrival for 15 minutes after the start of class for a one-hour class, 20 minutes for two-hour classes, and 30 minutes for a three-hour class or longer.

What activities will ASL interpreters not be involved in?

Interpreters will not define unfamiliar terms or explain course content for the student, take notes, hand out documents, or attend class in the event the student is absent.

What if I need ASL interpreting services for a campus event outside of my scheduled classes?

Please visit dac.berkeley.edu to submit your request.