McBurney Center Sign Language Interpreting for Departments

McBurney can coordinate sign language interpreting services (ASL) on a fee for service basis when UW is the primary sponsor or host. This service relies on McBurney Disability Resource Center interpreting staff availability. If your event is less than 72 hours away, it is recommended that you immediately contact a Referral Agency (see More Information below).

Making Requests

  1. Go to McBurney Connect
  2. Click “Departments – Schedule Interpreting and Captioning”
  3. Log in using your NetID
  4. For First Request Only: Read the Campus Service Agreement and check that you agree to the terms
  5. For First Request Only: Enter your payment information. You will need to either enter your UDDS number (see UW-Madison UDDS online lookup) or indicate that you will be paying with a check or money order to proceed to create your request
  6. Complete the request form
  7. Click “Submit”
  8. Click “Save Changes and Submit for Review” at the bottom of the bottom of Create a Service Request page.   If you do not click on the final “Save Changes and Submit for Review” button your request will not be sent to the Coordinator

If your request is filled, you will receive an email letting you know who the interpreter will be for your request. If McBurney is unable to fill your request, we will refer you to interpreter referral agencies.

More information

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How much does hiring a sign language interpreter through the McBurney Center cost?

  • Sign language interpreting services are billed at $75.00 per hour, with a two-hour minimum for each interpreter. Additional hours are billed in ½ hour increments.
  • An interpreting assignment over 75 minutes may require two or more interpreters. McBurney will consult with the department regarding the nature of the assignment to determine the number of interpreters needed to fill the assignment.
  • Preferred payment is through a department UDDS number.   If a UDDS number is used, the requestor will be notified when the payment is transferred to McBurney.  If a UDDS number is not used, payment may be made by check or money order. Payment type must be specified before an interpreter will be scheduled.

Am I required to use the McBurney Center as a Sign Language Interpreting provider?

No, you may also contact a interpreter agency or provider directly.

I do not know the exact location of my request yet; should I make the request now anyway?

Yes, the earlier we have the request, the more time we have to find a qualified interpreter, as interpreters can be booked up weeks in advance. Please create your request and indicate either the approximate location (e.g. building without a room number) or that the location will be determined.

I only have one deaf person attending. Why do I need to have two interpreters?

Interpreting is very mentally and physically demanding.  Therefore, two interpreters may be needed, depending on the request.  It is standard industry practice to hire two interpreters for any request over 75 minutes.    If a request is particularly technical, two interpreters may be needed for a shorter request as well.   McBurney Center staff will consult with you about your request to determine if two interpreters are needed.

If I have a sign language intrepreter, will they interpret pre-recorded videos that we show during our event?

No, you need to caption all pre-recorded videos/media for your event or use videos/media that are already captioned.  Adding captions does take time, so please include time to acquire videos and produce the captions to your event planning.


Funding Interpreter Service Costs

Student Accommodations Funding Policy (“Funding and Coordinating Accommodations for UW Students with Disabilities Policy”)


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