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About RID Overview
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.
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.
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