Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) is the professional association of Sign Language Interpreters in the United States and Canada. RID is divided into 5 Regions:

Region I - Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario
Region II - Alabama, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia
Region III - Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin
Region IV - Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Wyoming, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan
Region V - Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, British Columbia
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Mission, Goal, and Philosophy of RID

From: About RID - Overview
  • "Mission: “Support the Continued Growth and Development of the Profession
It is the mission of RID to provide international, national, regional, state and local forums and an organizational structure for the continued growth and development of the profession of interpretation and transliteration of American Sign Language and English.
  • Philosophy: “Ensure Effective Communication
The philosophy of RID is that excellence in the delivery of interpretation and transliteration services between people who are deaf or hard of hearing and people who are hearing, will ensure effective communication. As the national professional association for interpreters and transliterators, RID serves as an essential arena for its members in their pursuit of excellence.
  • Goal: “Promote the Profession
It is the goal of RID to promote the profession of interpreting and transliterating American Sign Language and English."

Certificates currently offered by RID:

NIC (National Interpreter Certification; NIC, Advanced, Master)
CDI (Certified Deaf Interpreter)
Ed: K-12 / EIPA (Educational Interpreting)

Previous certificates offered by RID

CSC (Consecutive Skills Certificate)
MCSC (Master Comprehensive Skills Certificate)
RSC (Reverse Skills Certificate)
CDI-P (Certified Deaf Interpreter - Provisional)
TC (Translation Certificate)
IC (Interpretation Certificate)
CI (Certificate of Interpretation)
CT (Certificate of Transliteration)
OIC (Oral Interpreting Certificate - comprehensive, sign/voice, voice/sign)
OTC (Oral Transliteration Certificate)

RID Member Sections / Special Interest Groups (SIGs):

Deaf Caucus
Interpreters in Educational and Instructional Settings
Legal Interpreters
Interpreters With Deaf Parents
Interpreters for Deaf-Blind
Interpreter Service Managers
Interpreters and Transliterators of Color
Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Intersexed, Transgendered Interpreters/Transliterators
Video Interpreter