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Interpreter Services for the Hearing Impaired

Upon timely request, the Florida Legislature will make available a sign language interpreter for the hearing impaired, for chamber sessions, committee meetings, and legislatively-scheduled public events.

Upon timely request, the Florida Legislature will also make available a sign language interpreter for the hearing impaired for confirmed meetings with legislative Members and/or staff if an interpreter is not already accompanying the hearing impaired individual. Organizations or associations that require sign language interpreter services for their membership will be accommodated as a group.

Request for hearing impaired interpreters should be made in writing to the named contacts below. Requests for services must reference the specific event necessitating the provision of interpreter services, i.e., a session of the legislature, a committee meeting, a public event, or a meeting with members and/or staff. The request must also include the date, time, and duration the services are required. If the request is for a conference or meeting with members or staff, to facilitate scheduling the requestor must have a confirmed appointment at the time of the request and must state with whom, when, and where the conference or meeting will take place.

Requests must be made at least three full business days before the time services are needed. For example, a request for services on a Monday must be made by 5 p.m. of the preceding Tuesday; requests for services on a Friday must be made by 5 p.m. on the preceding Monday.

Due to the limited availability of qualified sign interpreters, requests made with insufficient notice or without the information required above may result in the Florida Legislature’s inability to provide an interpreter.

Florida House of Representatives

Office of the Sergeant at Arms
Florida House of Representatives
Room 512, The Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1300
Telephone: (850) 717-5700
FAX: (850) 414-6880
Email: HouseSergeant’sOffice@myfloridahouse.gov

Florida Senate

Sergeant at Arms Office
Room 403, The Capitol
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1100
Telephone: (850) 487-5224
FAX: (850) 487-5249
Email: interpreter.requests@flsenate.gov

Office of Legislative Services

Karen Chandler
Room 874, Claude Pepper Building
111 West Madison Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1400
Telephone: (850) 717-0300
FAX: (850) 414-1909
Email: Chandler.Karen@leg.state.fl.us