Who We Are
Sign Language Network
Sign Language Network of KY (SLNKY) is a multi-faceted sign language interpreter referral agency based in Lexington, Kentucky. We take sign language interpreting requests 24/7, and provide ongoing services to Deaf and Hard of Hearing people in numerous businesses and organizations around the state. Just a few of our areas of specialty are included below.
- In-patient hospital services, outpatient surgeries and doctor visits
- Physical Therapy, workers compensation and health education
- Clinics and Urgent care centers
- Manufacturing and factory new hires, employment training, and ongoing workplace meetings
- K-12 education, college and university settings
- Public information forums, community and regional events
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, enacted in 1992, most organizations are now required by federal law to provide interpreting services as necessary to ensure effective communication with deaf and hard of hearing people. In other words, when interpreting services are necessary, it is the service provider’s (e.g. lawyer’s, doctor’s, hospital’s, state agency’s, educational institution’s, court’s) responsibility to secure and pay for these services.
Sign Language Network of KY (SLNKY) is happy to assist you with finding a qualified interpreter that best fits your specific need. All of our interpreters are licensed by the State of KY, under the governance of the Kentucky Board of Interpreters for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. All interpreters are members of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, and adhere to the RID Code of Professional Conduct.
Sign Language Network of KY also offers spoken language interpreting and document translation.
Bluegrass Interpreting and Translation (BIT) is the spoken language interpreting division of Sign Language Network of KY (SLNKY). With over 18 languages available and more added regularly, BIT is your one-stop-shop for professional interpreting needs!
What makes BIT the best choice for on site spoken language interpreting needs?
- All interpreters receive specialized medical training
- 18 languages available with more added regularly
- 24/7 access to a live person for scheduling
- Scheduling available via phone, online or email
- Every interpreter is thoroughly vetted with a criminal background check, drug screen and vaccines
- Language assessments by a certified third party
** If we do not have a billing agreement on file with you, please request one prior to services being offered.
Portal is charged for Sign language interpreters traveling more than 30 minutes one way to an assignment. Mileage is charged for spoken language interpreters traveling outside their county of residence. We make every effort to find an interpreter in your area.
SLNKY cannot contact the client or patient with questions, scheduling issues, etc. Our services are arranged through the requesting organization.