Language Access Contracts
The Department of Enterprise Services created the language access program to help state agencies, higher education, local governments, and others subject to the Americans with Disabilities Act meet spoken and sign language access requirements. Our language access program supports purchasers in these organizations by offering easy-to-use contract solutions for spoken and sign interpreter services.
- Learn more about language access obligations for providers of health care and social services (hhs.gov)
- Learn more about Washington state's accessibility policy for data and information (ocio.wa.gov)
Additionally, many organizations serve communities in which English may not always be the primary spoken language. Limited English proficiency, or LEP, refers to people who do not speak English as their primary language and have a limited ability to read, speak, write, or understand English. If you need help with your organization's LEP efforts, check out our statewide contracts designed to help you offer a wider range of LEP services.
For statewide contract purchasers
DES language access guide
We created a guide to help government organizations access language services needed to support their missions. Additionally, it guides Washington state employees, local governments, and other organizations when a person with limited English proficiency needs help.
DES language access purchaser meetings
- Purchasers who use these contracts are invited to attend a virtual meeting the last Wednesday of every month where you can ask questions, connect with other purchasers, and discuss your needs around these contracts. To request access to meetings, please contact the Language Access Program Team.
- If you need a sign language interpreter, spoken interpreter, or captioning, please contact the Language Access Program Team.
Use DES language access contracts
We offer a wide suite of language access statewide contracts that eligible purchasers can use, based on their unique needs.
Note: In the Contract Search application, type "Language Access" into the "Contracts Search" field to pull up language access contracts.
- Use Contract Search to find language access contracts
- View Planned Procurements to see upcoming contracts
For language service providers
If you're interested in providing language services, our planned procurement page identifies upcoming contracting opportunities.
Businesses interested in being notified of Washington State bid opportunities must register with Washington's Electronic Business Solution (WEBS).