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RID: Adding Value to the Profession and for the Consumer through EDUCATION, STANDARDS, RELATIONSHIPS, and RESOURCES

The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. (RID), a national membership organization, plays a leading role in advocating for excellence in the delivery of interpretation and transliteration services between people who use sign language and people who use spoken language. In collaboration with the Deaf community, RID supports our members and encourages the growth of the profession through the establishment of a national standard for qualified sign language interpreters and transliterators, ongoing professional development and adherence to a code of professional conduct. 

RID’s function is to support our membership by providing the foundation needed to launch and sustain careers while ensuring quality service to the Deaf community. We do this through a four-pronged approach.

  • Education: Continuing education in any profession is a demonstrated commitment to the advancement of skills for increased quality service. RID focuses efforts on providing educational opportunities for new and professional interpreters through the Associate Continuing Education Tracking (ACET) Program and the Certification Maintenance Program (CMP). CMP monitors the continuing education activities of certified interpreters, ensuring that practitioners maintain their skill level and keep up with developments in the interpreting field.
  • Standards: Maintaining standards helps to define a profession as well as the professional. Possessing RID certification is a highly valued asset for an interpreter and helps you to stand above the rest. For the betterment of both the profession and service to the consumer, RID has a tri-fold approach to the standards it maintains for membership:
    • RID Certification Programs strive to maintain strict adherence to nationally recognized testing industry standards of validity, reliability, equity and legal defensibility.
    • Certified Maintenance Program (CMP) is an avenue through which the continued skill development of certified interpreters/transliterators is monitored and nourished.
    • Ethical Practices System (EPS) and NAD-RID Code of Professional Conduct (CPC) are two vehicles which provide guidance and enforcement to professionalism and conduct. The EPS provides an opportunity for consumers to address concerns or file complaints regarding the quality of interpreter/transliterator services, and the CPC sets the standards to which all individuals holding RID certification are expected to adhere.
  • Relationships: As a growing, recognized profession, interpreters need valuable networking opportunities with each other as well as key stakeholders to further advance the profession through relationship-building. RID provides international, national, state and local forums in addition to an organizational structure for this growth.
  • Resources: Serving as an information clearinghouse, RID seeks to provide members with the necessary tools to succeed in their career and move the profession forward. We do this through such means as member benefits, affiliate chapter and regional support, a monthly member newsletter, publications offered through RID Press, current and user-friendly Web site, biennial conference and much more.

RID, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was established in 1964 and incorporated in 1972.

"The interpreter scene prior to 1964 was so vastly different from that which exists today that it is a strain on the imagination to contemplate it ... We did not work as interpreters, but rather volunteered our services as our schedules permitted. If we received any compensation it was freely given and happily accepted, but not expected." - Lou Fant, RID biographer

The founding of RID was an unexpected outcome of a workshop held June 14-17, 1964, at Ball State Teachers College (Ball State University) in Muncie, Indiana. The purpose of the workshop was to bring a more formal and structured foundation to the training of interpreters and to upgrade services and support offered to persons who are deaf.

Many of the participants of the workshop, which included both deaf and hearing individuals, felt that the formalization of interpreting as a profession was an idea whose time had arrived. After a name change, incorporation in 1972, and various growing pains, RID continued its evolution into its present form.

RID is a member-driven organization. As such, the RID Headquarters makes it a priority to report annually to the membership.

Fiscal Year 2013 RID Annual Report
(Video introduction)
Fiscal Year 2012 RID Annual Report

Fiscal Year 2011 RID Annual Report
 (ASL version here.)
Fiscal Year 2010 RID Annual Report

Fiscal Year 2009 RID Annual Report


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