Interpreters/Translators/Deaf Mentors

Individuals who are bilingual or an interpreter for the deaf may enroll to bill as an interpreter.

Note: If an individual is enrolled to provide services but does not receive authorizations or bill for more than 12 consecutive months, the provider is subject to being inactivated from the EI Provider System.

Bilingual Interpreters/Translators

  • Must identify the languages for which they will interpret or translate.
  • Document completion of System Overview for Bilingual Interpreters and Translators in the Illinois Early Intervention System and oral and/or written language proficiency using approved testing procedures.

Sign Language Interpreters

225 ILCS 443 Interpreter for the Deaf Licensure Act of 2007 became effective January 1, 2009. In part this statute states the following:
Sec. 15. Licensure requirement.

  1. On or after January 1, 2009, no person shall practice as an interpreter for the deaf, hold himself or herself out as a licensed interpreter for the deaf, or use the title “Licensed Interpreter for the Deaf”, “Licensed Transliterator for the Deaf”, or any other title or abbreviation to indicate that the person is a licensed interpreter unless he or she is licensed in accordance with the provisions of this Act.
  2. On or before January 1, 2011, a person who, as of July 1, 2007, maintained valid and unencumbered registration under the Interpreters for the Deaf Act, may be issued a license as an interpreter for the deaf upon filing an application and paying the required fees. A person licensed under this subsection (b) must meet all applicable licensure requirements of this Act on or before January 1, 2011.
    • On or after January 1, 2009 must comply with the licensure requirements set forth in the Interpreter for the Deaf Licensure Act of 2007 [225 ILCS 443] or the licensure, certification or screening requirements in the state where services are provided to children if not in Illinois, and document completion of Early Intervention Systems Training as defined in Section 500.60(f).

Deaf adults who have been certified by Hearing and Vision Connections as a language mentor for the deaf may enroll to bill. Language mentors are not required to obtain a credential.

Use the following to enroll as an interpreter/deaf mentor as appropriate to the type of enrollment desired:

Bilingual interpreters and Interpreters for the deaf provide services necessary during the rendering of other EI services in order to communicate with the child and family and written translation of EI documents into the child/family’s native language. If the interpreter is authorized to interpret service sessions for a provider/family, the interpreter may assist that provider in scheduling service appointments for that family. This does not include interpreter services that would otherwise be provided at no charge to the family or interpreter services by the same person rendering the service(s).

Deaf Mentor Services are provided by a language mentor for the deaf who interacts with the child by modeling language in the chosen communication mode, shares information about the deaf culture and provides first-hand knowledge of deafness with the family, and introduces the family to the local deaf community.


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