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Folami Ford, M.A., CI, CT, & NIC: Master

Interpreter II
Gallaudet Interpreting Service

Folami Ford

Phone Numbers

202-651-4162 (V)



Peet Hall 504

I began interpreting in 1999 with Sign Language Associates (SLA) and hold a NIC Master, CI, and CT from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID).  For the last twelve years I have been a full-time staff interpreter with Gallaudet Interpreting Service in Washington, DC.  I have a bachelor's degree in Sign Language Interpreting from Maryville College and a master's degree in Interpretation from Gallaudet University. Committed to being a life-long learner I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Interpretation program at Gallaudet University.  My areas of interest include examining the role of intersectionality within the interpreting profession, mentoring interpreters, and teaching interpreting.  I am actively involved in the National Alliance of Black Interpreters (NAOBI) DC chapter and I am particularly passionate about working with Deaf and interpreting communities of the African Diaspora.

At GIS, I serve as the chair of the hospitality committee and as the interpreter liaison for the Office of Diversity & Equity for Students and for the Vice President of Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion. I also serve as a mentor to students in Gallaudet's MA in Interpretation program and see this as one of the main ways that I give back to my profession.

Creating a space of our own: A phenomenological study of the lived reality of African American ASL-English interpreters.


800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002


800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002