Interpreter Referral

The Marjorie Clere Interpreter Referral Service

The Majorie Clere Interpreter Referral Service (MCIRS) is under the direction of a Nationally Certified Interpreter who coordinates the provision of highly skilled and certified Sign Language interpreters for a 13 county area across Central New York.

A full range of language preferences are provided by professional interpreters, including American Sign Language (ASL), Signed English, Grassroots (Minimal Language System), oral and tactile (Deaf/Blind) signing. Typical assignment sites include: college (all levels of study), medical, seminars, conferences, artistic performances (concerts/plays), legal, and political forums.

Maggie Russell, Director of MCIRS, with New York State Senator John A. DeFrancisco
Maggie Russell, Director of MCIRS, with New York State Senator John A. DeFrancisco

The MCIRS has been in existence since 1979 and has been a community leader in the promotion of professional standards and advocacy efforts for the provision of interpreter services in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations.

Our highly qualified and nationally certified interpreters are available for any situation. MCIRS is maintained 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

To request an interpreter, contact us:

Telephone: During regular business hours call AURORA at (315) 422-7263 and ask for the Interpreter Referral Service. Regular business hours are Monday thru Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

After regular business hours, nights, weekends and holidays call (315) 422-7263 ext. 800 and follow the voiced prompts. Our Emergency Pager Service will return your call promptly.

Videophone: (315) 679-4170
TTY/TDD: (315) 422-9746
Fax: (315) 422-4792

Types of Interpreting Situations:

  • Regular: Requested at least 24 business hours in advance of the assignment
  • Emergency: Requested less than 24 business hours in advance of the assignment
  • Legal: Court trials, hearings, depositions, meetings between attorneys and clients or any legal matter that becomes part of a legal record. Per New York State law, a Certified Interpreter is required
  • Team: Two or more interpreters are required for situations that are content rich, of lengthy duration, have numerous Deaf attendees and/or assignments which involve more than one mode of sign language
  • Performing Arts: The provider is charged a flat rate per assigned interpreter, taking into account preparation time, rehearsal time and performance time


  • A two-hour minimum is charged per assignment.
  • Rates vary according to the type of interpreting service provided.
  • Travel time may also be charged for certain locations outside the Syracuse area.
  • Assignments cancelled with less than 24 hour business day’s notice will be billed according to the assignment rate.
  • Interpreting fees may not be charged back to the Deaf/hard of hearing consumer, either directly or indirectly, per the Americans with Disabilities Act. However, fees may be deducted from a business’ taxes as “line item business expenses.”

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