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An abundance of ASL resources and learning opportunities are available at The University of Iowa

The University of Iowa American Sign Language Club

Organized and run by students on campus, everyone is welcome to attend: hearing or deaf, student or non-students, beginning or fluent signer. Anyone from the Deaf Community is welcome. For information, email asl-club@uiowa.edu.

ASL Learning Resources Off-Campus


State and Local Instructional Programs and Organizations and Resources

National and Worldwide Organizations and Resources

Deaf Culture and Deaf/ASL News Resources

Deaf Education Resources

Other links

ASL/English Interpreting

  • Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf - www.rid.org
    • Mission: "Support the Continued Growth and Development of the Profession"
      It is the mission of RID to provide international, national, regional, state and local forums and an organizational structure for the continued growth and development of the profession of interpretation and transliteration of American Sign Language and English.
    • Philosophy: "Ensure Effective Communication"
      The philosophy of RID is that excellence in the delivery of interpretation and transliteration services between people who are deaf or hard of hearing and people who are hearing, will ensure effective communication.  As the national professional association for interpreters and transliterators, RID serves as an essential arena for its members in their pursuit of excellence.
    • RID's "Standard Practice Papers" explain the current understanding of interpreters' standard practice in a variety of settings including K-12 education.
  • Iowa State RID - http://new.iowastaterid.org/
    Iowa has an affiliate state RID chapter.  Their website also has an interpreter search option and posts state and local information regarding issues that impact interpreters.
  • National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers - http://www.interpretereducation.org/
    The NCIEC is a consortium of six federally funded centers tasked with the goal of improving signed language interpreter education.
  • Discover Interpreting - http://www.discoverinterpreting.com/
    The National Consortium of Interpreter Education Center (NCIEC) created this website to promote the interpreting profession.  This site includes information about how to find an interpreter education program and career opportunities in interpreting.
  • The CATIE Center - http://minerva.stkate.edu/offices/academic/interpreting.nsf/pages/about_catie
    The nearest NCIEC is in St. Paul, Minnesota.  The Collaborative for the Advancement of Teaching Interpreting Excellence (CATIE Center) provides interpreter education resources to the Midwest region.
  • The Iowa Department of Public Health/Iowa Board of Sign Language Interpreters & Transliterators
    licenses interpreters in Iowa.  This license indicates the holder is competent and follows established professional and ethical guidelines.  Their website can be found at: http://www.idph.state.ia.us/licensure/SignLanguageInterpretersandTransliterators.aspx.  This website enables you to search by name, license number, or geographical region the license database.  Interpreters working in Iowa must hold an Iowa license.
  • Many classroom interpreters take the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA), an evaluation tool developed by Boys Town National Research Hospital. An EIPA score of 3.5 or above will allow an interpreter to hold permanent Iowa licensure. An explanation of the EIPA, its standards and requirements, can be found at: http://www.classroominterpreting.org/eipa/index.asp.
    Additional information about the EIPA can be found at the TAESE (Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education) website: http://www.taese.org/cms/index.php/task12-home