Department Request for Interpreter, Transliterator or Captionist

Sign Language Interpreter

A person trained in translating between a spoken and a signed language. This usually means someone who interprets what is being said and signs it for someone who can't hear, but understands sign.

Cued Speech Transliterator

A person uses Cued Speech to convey the sounds that make the words someone is saying so that another person (who understands Cued Speech) can understand word for word what was being said in the same language in which it was said.

Real-Time Captionist

A person provides instant translation of spoken English into written English text, which is displayed on a laptop monitor in the classroom.


Departments within LSU can request the use of Sign Language Interpreters, Cued Speed Transliterators, or Real-Time Captionists for events or activities. 

  • The minimum time for interpreting and captioning services is 1.5 hours. Hourly rate is based on certification/experience and is determined by Disability Services. Specific interpreters, transliterators, or captionists can be requested. When possible, we will provide the specific individual you requested.

    • Hourly rates for Sign Language Interpreting range from $30 - $40 (plus fringe benefits) per hour

    • Hourly rates for captionists range from $20 - $40 (plus fringe benefits) per hour

  • All interpreting/captioning assignments must be scheduled through the Disability Services office at least 24 hours in advance.

  • Likewise, reservations must be canceled at least 24 hours in advance. Cancellations made less than 24 hours will be billed for the full amount. To cancel previously scheduled services, email If cancellation is last minute or occurs after regular work hours, call or text Dawn Couvillion at 225-955-3296. 

  • Interpreting and captioning assignments longer than two (2) hours in duration require TWO individuals providing service. You will be billed for the time of both individuals.