HankP3_web.jpg CONTACT Hank Passi, Staff Specialist, Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services, 
BEFORE submitting applications!
Video Phone: 443-798-2840 or 443-453-5981​  craig.passi@maryland.gov​
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Rehabilitation Communication Specialists & Vocational Interpreters

​​Rehabilitation Communication Specialists (RCS) are vendors who have a Sign Language Proficiency Interview: American Sign Language (SLPI: ASL) credential or have obtained a minimum 3+ or higher proficiency rating as assessed by the DORS Staff Specialist for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, and have demonstrated experience communicating with employers and advocating for consumers. At the direction of the DORS counselor (RCD​) and consistent with a signed agreement with DORS, these vendors provide job placement and employment follow-up support for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, singly, or in combination WTC Employment Services, DORS Business Services Representatives, and CRPs. 

RCS services include the following activities, consistent with the DORS counselor’s referral and authorization:
  • Intake and Planning
  • Job Development Preparation
  • Job Development
  • On-site Follow-Up
  • Job Retention Evaluation
  • Job Retention On-Site Follow-Up
  • On-Site Communication Support During work-based learning experience

Vocational Interpreters (VI) are credentialed by either the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID), National Association of the Deaf (NAD), or the Interpreter Training Program (ITP). At the direction of the DORS counselor (RCD) and consistent with a signed agreement with DORS, these vendors provide interpretation, as needed, during training, job development and employment follow-up support for individuals who are deaf.

Vocational Interpretation services include the following activities:
  • Job Development Preparation
  • On-Site Job Interview Assistance
  • On-Site Vocational Interpretation 

See DORS Policy & Procedure Manual​, 706.09 and 706.10, for more information.

Interested in becoming a RCS or VI?

  1. Review Becoming a DORS Vendor.
  2. CONTACT Hank Passi​ (DORS Staff Specialist, Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services) BEFORE completing the application or a profile form at video phone: 443-798-2840 or 443-453-5981​, or craig.passi@maryland.gov​; Hank will complete an ASL evaluation and discuss next steps.
  3. Complete and submit the: