Educational Interpreters:

The requirements for educational interpreters have changed as of the 2016/2017 school year. Educational interpreters employed by school districts must have successfully achieved a score of 3.5 on the performance portion of the EIPA or hold Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) certification and pass the written assessment of the EIPA by the 2016/2017 school year. Districts will be required to demonstrate that educational interpreters included on high-need individual applications meet this standard.

WSDS is offering a mentorship program from January 2017 to July 2017. This mentorship program involves meeting with a deaf mentor two hours per month via Skype, a meeting with an interpreter mentor three hours per month and a week long intensive training June 2017. The EIPA performance test is part of the mentorship program and will be given in the spring. For more information, contact Carol Carrothers at (509) 963-1131 or email

Northwest School for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children offers an EIPA preparation program for Educational Interpreters using Signing Exact English. This runs from September to May with a week long intensive training June 26-30 at WSD in Vancouver. Dr.James Kilpatrick, Jr. is the trainer. Saturday workshops are offered at NWSDHH in Shoreline.

For more information contact Peggy Mayer,


We maintain several free email listservs for family members and professionals to share information, ask questions, and discuss concerns. To subscribe to any of these, email Christy Camarata at or call (509) 963-1670 and tell her which one you’d like to join.

Listservs on deaf/hard of hearing topics include:

  • TOD (for teachers of the deaf)
  • EdTerps (for educational interpreters)
  • EdAud (for educational audiologists)
  • Parents (for parents, other family members)
  • SLP (for speech/language pathologists)
  • Psych (for educational psychologists)
  • Itod (itinerant teachers of the Deaf)
  • RESPECT (DHH program administrators only)