RID: Adding Value to the Profession and for the Consumer through Professional Credibility, Member Experience and Organization Strength

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 comprehensive strategic plan.

Professional Credibility:

Outcome: RID certified interpreters will be recognized as demonstrating a qualified level of linguistic and cultural competency for professional interpreting services.


1. Implement certification industry best practices and standards for RID credential programs.

2. Develop rigorous standards and deliver relevant, reliable and valid examinations for all credentials.

3. Strengthen the Ethical Practices System efficiency and consistency in its enforcement of the NAD-RID Code of Professional Conduct.

Member Experience:

Outcome: RID will be a model for effective communication and interaction, demonstrating ideals of inclusivity among all members, levels and partnerships in way that builds trust by informing and engaging members in the ongoing efforts to achieve excellence in linguistically and culturally diverse interpreting services.


1. Reinforce our commitment to diversity and intercultural competence by furthering initiatives that foster a culturally and linguistically diverse profession that supports the provision of services to individuals from all backgrounds.

2. Proactively advocate for excellence in interpreting at the federal and state levels through a three-pronged approach that includes representation, collaboration and communication.

3. Communicate the association’s activities and initiatives to RID members and stakeholders through timely, frequent, high-quality, consistent, and accessible communication.

Organization Strength:

Outcome: RID will be a sustainable, credible organization that operates with professionalism, transparency, and ethical rigor reflecting its full commitment to the diverse communities we serve.


1. Foster the development of volunteer leaders at the affiliate chapter and national level through member participation and collaboration in the organization’s activities.

2. Provide an efficient and effective infrastructure with a strong technological foundation that supports members, volunteers, leaders, and staff.

3. Nurture partnerships with organizations and coalitions with mutual interests that further RID’s mission.


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