Interpreting and Captioning Services

DSS provides sign language interpreting and Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) services as deemed reasonable and appropriate.  These services are available to currently enrolled GW students who are registered with DSS.

If you are a consortium student who is taking classes at GW, register with DSS to ensure that we are able to arrange for the implementation of your services in a timely fashion.

If you are visiting GW and are in need of interpreting services, please notify the Welcome Center of your needs when arranging a tour of the campus. 

If there is a change in your disability status while you are enrolled at GW, please contact Susan McMenamin to discuss the necessary modifications of your accommodation.

Online Courses

DSS recognizes the changing landscape of GW's curriculum due to the wide variety of online courses that are offered to university students living in the Washington, DC area and across the globe.  In order to ensure curricular accessibility for both asynchronous and synchronous online course content, we require all students who need captioning in the online environment to register with our office.  This stipulation applies equally to distance education students who might only be taking single classes at the university.  Please contact Susan McMenamin if you have any questions about online course accessibility or the DSS registration process.

Request Services for GW Classes

If you are requesting services for your ongoing GW classes, please complete the GW Classes Request Form.

Request Services for a Stand-Alone Appointment

If you are requesting coverage for a single, stand-alone appointment, such as an office hours meeting with a professor, a groupwork session, or an appointment at the Colonial Health Center, please complete a Single Appointment Request Form.  Please submit this form 72 hours in advance of your appointment.

Request Services for a GW Event

The George Washington University has an institutional commitment to ensuring that all of their programs and events are accessible for all individuals.

Beginning September 1, 2015, all GW-affiliated offices and programs must independently assume the logistical and financial responsibility for making interpreting arrangements for their events.

To assist you in making these arrangments, we can offer a list of agencies that provide sign language and other interpreting services.  Please direct all questions about cost to those providers.  We recommend that you make all of your interpreting arrangements at least 7-10 in advance of your event.   

Upcoming Interpreting & Captioning Services Deadlines

Past Interpreting & Captioning Services Deadlines

Interpreting Staff

Susan McMenamin

Susan is the director of DSS and focuses on new initiatives in response to the university’s increasing commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Najiyah Williams

Najiyah oversees the departmental budget, organizes the logistical details for the Composing Disability and Composing Diversity events and coordinates interpreting services.

Kate Lacey

Kate is a nationally certified sign language interpreter and has worked for GW since 1994.

Cheryl Ringel

Cheryl has a MA in sign language interpretation from Gallaudet University and is an English/American Sign Language interpreter.