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DHHS has a dedicated classified staff team to provide interpreting services.

ASL Interpreters facilitate communication between deaf people and those who are hearing




Please email Stacy Chapman or send a hard copy of your syllabus & calendar to DHHS. 

ADA & Captioned Media 

Ensure your media is captioned. This is required by ADA. 

Where to click to turn captions on

Ways to ensure the media you incorporate on to Canvas is captioned:

  • Current captioned media: the DeAnza Library Video Database.
  • Find accurately captioned YouTube videos.
  • Email DHHS to request media captioning if you have a DHHS student enrolled in your course.

Wait Times

Below are the required wait times for students to show up to class. After the wait time has expired, the interpreter will contact the supervisor to report the no-show and be reassigned.

1 Hour Class 15 Minutes
2 Hour Class 20 Minutes
3 Hours or More 30 Minutes

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Interpreters will:

  • Sign everything the instructor says during class, including questions and comments from students.
  • Voice everything the Deaf or hard of hearing student signs. 
  • Keep all communication strictly confidential.
  • During a test, lab or captioned video, an interpreter will remain in the classroom.

Interpreters cannot:

  • Assist students with assignments.
  • Take notes during class.


Interpreter in a class

Apply for Hourly Position

Pay Scales
Interpreter I (recent grad) - $30/hr
Interpreter II - $37.50/hr
Interpreter III - 45/hr
interpreter IV (certified) - $52.50/hr
Required Documentation

Be sure to have the following required documents on hand.

Diversity Statement

IMPORTANT: Once you have started the application process, you must complete it in one sitting. Closing out before you have completed will reset the process and delete all progress you have made.


Once you have applied and HR processes your application, you are then eligible for on-going or sub assignments.

TB Testing:

You may also need to have a current TB test. If you are directed to do so, please refer to Health Services for testing information.



If you are directed to provide fingerprints, please refer to Campus Police for locations, days and times.


Zoom Interpreting/Captioning Guidelines


Headsets for all interpreters are preferred. This avoids the distraction and provides more clarity when interpreting. Make sure to have hardwire headphones in the event your bluetooth headphones lose connection.

Camera Placement

Make sure your computer/camera is placed at an optimal distance so that your signing space is always within the visual field. Check that your hands to not move off camera when signing.


Please be mindful of the time and sign in early. A web camera is required for interpreting Zoom meeting. Prior to your assignment, test the Zoom controls (i.e. audio, video, chat, share screen, polling, break out rooms, etc.).


No highly patterned backgrounds or poor backlighting, no windows or bright screens; people should not be able to walk in front of or behind the interpreter. The background should be a solid color. It is important that the area behind the sign language interpreter is not visually distracting.

Close unnecessary tabs in your browser and desktop. 

Dress & Appearance

Make you are wearing a solid color clothing that contrasts with your skin tone, clothing has no logos or patterns, are wearing minimal jewelry and have no or neutral nail color when interpreting. 


Adjust lighting so that you are well lit. Ensure you have sufficient and indirect lighting on the while interpreting, especially on the hands and face, casting no shadows on the face.


Change your name to either ASL Interpreter-(your name) or Captioner-(your name). This lets faculty, staff, and students to know who you are and find you easily.


Find a quiet meeting location without background distractions. You must ensure you are providing services in private area where no other people can hear or see the participants.  Per FERPA laws, privacy must be maintained of students, faculty, and staff and anyone else involved any assignment.

Interpreting Guidelines

Dress & Appearance

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Make you are wearing a solid color clothing that contrasts with your skin tone, clothing has no logos or patterns, are wearing minimal jewelry and have no or neutral nail color when interpreting. 

Class Cancellations:

If a class is canceled, email the Supervisor immediately for possible reassignment.  The interpreter/captioner will receive payment for any cancellation that occurs less than 24 hours prior to the assignment, even if there is no substitute assignment.  If a student drops a class, the interpreter/captioner will receive payment only if the cancellation is less than 24 hours before the next class meeting.


Requesting Time Off:

Request subs via email to the DHHS Supervisor.

If your request is not confirmed, please follow up to ensure your request has been received and processed.


Contact the supervisor immediately via email.

Finals Week:

Students are required to request services in advance for finals week and the Supervisor will assign interpreters/captioners accordingly.

Educational ASL Signs Resources

Interpreting Links:

Educational interpreting incorporates many complex ideas and specialized vocabulary based on the subject matter. Provided below are links to signs & concepts for specific educational subjects. 

Architecture Signs
  • ASL Stem The purpose of this online community is to bring educators, interpreters, captioners, students, and others together in order to help build ASL's technical vocabulary from the ground up.
  • Legal Terminology (NIEC)
  • NTID Science Signs Lexicon Includes signs for astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental science, marine science, mechanics, medical, meteorology, physical science and more. 
  • Signing Savvy: Signing Savvy is a sign language dictionary containing several thousand high resolution videos of American Sign Language (ASL) signs.



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Location: LCW 110

Regular Hours:           


On Campus:

Tuesday & Thursday 8:00 AM-3:00 PM

By Appointment:

M-F 8:00 AM-5:00 PM


Contact Information: 

PH: (408) 864-5435

VP (408) 565-8687 

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