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RID is involved in community organizations and federal working groups to ensure the needs of interpreters are addressed on a variety of levels. Our reach also extends to organizations who serve the Deaf and hard of hearing community. Some of the organizations of which RID is a member include the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Alliance (DHHA), the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Alliance – Consumer Action Network (DHHA-CAN), the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Consumer Advisory Committee, the Coalition of Organization for Accessible Technology and the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) Accessibility Committee.
Please check back frequently to be updated on the actions of these working groups as well as other items of interest and concern to the profession.
May 11, 2010: RID submitted comments on Public Notice DA-761A1.doc regarding payment formulas and rates for VRS. Read the comments>>
April 28, 2010: RID's EX PARTE presentation
The RID Government Affairs Program (GAP) met with officials from the FCC on Tuesday, April 27, 2010. Read the ex parte presentation for details about the meeting>>
Helpful Hits on How to File a Complaint with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC):
If you encounter situations when handling VRS calls that are of concern to you, please feel free to file a comment or complaint with the FCC. Examples that would merit a letter to the Commission are situations where you feel that your ethics as an interpreter are being compromised or in conflict with the FCC regulations, situations where you have experiences harassment and have no other avenue to end the harassment, or other similar situations.
File your complaint with the FCC's Consumer Center by one of the following methods:
Calling: 1-888-CALL-FCC (1-888-225-5322) Voice or 1-888-TELL-FCC (1-888-835-5322) TTY
Writing: Federal Communications Commission, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau; Consumer Inquiries and Complaints Division; 445 12th Street, SW; Washington, DC, 20554
Download RID’s comments to the FCC on speed of answer requirements for VRS
Visit the National Association of the Deaf’s (NAD) Take Action page for a list of their current advocacy issues
Bring interpreter issues to the forefront of Congress. Write your congressman today using this sample letter.
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