Local Interpreter Services Network (LIS’N)

Local Interpreter Services Network is provided through a partnership between Grand Traverse Industries, Michigan Rehabilitation Services and Disability Network.



  • Certified sign language interpreter services.
  • Advocacy for our Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind communities.
  • Information assistance for independent living resources and community supports.
  • The Local Interpreter Services Network program works closely with community partners to ensure effective workplace communications.
  • Community access presentations in fields such as medical, mental health, legal and educational interpreting.


Online Language Resources

Online resources for our Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind communities.

  • State of Michigan COVID-19 Updates |  American Sign Language Video Updates
  • Michigan Department of Civil Rights |  American Sign Language Video Updates
  • Centers for Disease Control |  American Sign Language Video Updates
  • Resources for Providers | Northwest ADA Center | Effective Communication for Greater Accessibility
  • Resources for Providers | Northwest ADA Center | Deaf and Hard of Hearing Communication Access COVID-19 Resources
  • Resources for Providers | Michigan Department of Civil Rights | Division of Deaf | Deaf-Blind | Hard of Hearing


Service Area

The Local Interpreter Services Network program regularly serves a 20 county area in northern Michigan, but is not limited to this area and reaches as far as the upper peninsula of Michigan. 


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Thomas Hoxsie, Deaf Services Coordinator


Office/Scheduling 231 932 2418 

Cell/Text 231 342 0098

Voice/Video Phone 231 252 0521 


Wendy WilliamsInterpreting Services Scheduler


Voice/Video Phone 231 338 6833

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