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. 

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 email [email protected] if you have any questions about online course accessibility.

Request Services for GW Classes or Stand-Alone Appointments

If you are requesting services for your ongoing GW classes, or if you are requesting coverage for a single stand-alone appointment (such as an office hours meeting with a professor, a group work session, or an appointment at the Colonial Health Center), please complete the DSS Interpreting Services Request Form.

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 arrangements, 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 days in advance of your event.   

Upcoming Interpreting & Captioning Services Deadlines

Past Interpreting & Captioning Services Deadlines

Interpreting Staff

  • Najiyah WilliamsNaijiyah Williams, Business Manager

    Najiyah Williams

    Najiyah oversees the departmental budget, organizes the logistical details for the Composing Disability and Composing Diversity events and coordinates interpreting services.
  • Kate LaceyKate Lacey, Interpreter

    Kate Lacey

    Kate is a nationally certified sign language interpreter and has worked for GW since 1994.
  • Cheryl RingelCheryl Ringel, DSS Interpreter

    Cheryl Ringel

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