American Sign Language Interpretation Services

 

Statewide Contracts for American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation Services - FY2015*

On Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014, the Division of Purchases released contract award announcement letters to vendors who submitted proposals under RFP #201404738.  The purpose of this RFP was to supply all State departments and agencies with American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation services.  In order to accommodate Maine’s significant volume of ASL interpretation needs across all departments, multiple awards were made to interested vendors.  Currently, five different vendors hold master agreements.  Through these agreements, State agencies are able to efficiently schedule interpretation appointments without negotiating contracts on an individual, case-by-case basis.  The hourly rate that will be charged to a State agency for these appointments will fluctuate, based on which vendor the agency schedules for a specific interpretation need.   

Contracted Vendor Rankings

Vendor Name

Cost
Rank

Overall
Rank*

Mary Jane Grant Interpreting
1
2
Certified Interpreting
2
1
Kewl ASL
3
5
Professional Interpreting
4
4
Pine Tree Society
5
3

“Cost” is ranked 1 to 5 in order of lowest overall cost (1) to highest overall cost (5).  All of the State of Maine’s contracted vendors offer high quality services, but the vendors were evaluated based upon their proposal responses.

For an explanation of how these rankings were created, click this link: American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreting RFP Proposal Rankings

Vendor Pricing ** Updated for FY15
Click the link above to compare the Service Category Pricing offered by contracted vendors.

Contacting and Scheduling an ASL Interpreter
After comparing pricing and qualifications of the contracted vendors, State agencies can contact the vendor they would like to use and request an interpreter. Click the link above to access a page with contact information and instructions for creating a delivery order in AdvantageME.

Contract Terms and Conditions
These terms and conditions apply to all State of Maine contracted ASL vendors.

Opportunities for Municipalities and School Districts
The State of Maine, Division of Purchases is committed to providing purchasing opportunities for municipalities, political subdivisions, school districts, and other public entities.  We encourage our contractors to make their services available to these entities through separate contracts but under the same terms offered to the State of Maine.  For questions concerning contracting with any of the State of Maine’s contracted ASL vendors, contact the Division of Purchases at (207) 624-7340.