RID’s Member Sections (MS) provide a relationship-building forum for RID members to share common interests, goals and concerns that are also consistent with RID’s mission and values.

As formally recognized groups of RID members, Member Sections can hold meetings at the biennial conference, regional conferences and other functions sponsored by RID or its affiliate chapters. Additionally, Member Sections frequently contribute articles to VIEWS, RID’s quarterly newsletter, to share their discussions with the entire membership.

Activities of Member Sections are determined and carried out by the MS leadership and its members, and not by RID Headquarters staff.

To join an RID Member Section, you must be an RID member.

If you are already a member, you can select the Member Sections you’d like to be a part of by clicking on “Update Your Member Profile” after logging into your RID account at myaccount.rid.org.

Current Member Sections:

Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Intersex, Trans* Interpreters/Transliterators Member Section
It is the mission of the Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Intersex, Trans* Interpreters/Transliterators (BLeGIT) Member Section to be a forum for discussing current interpreting issues, provide information and resources for professional development opportunities and provide a professional and positive venue for discussing topics specific to the BLeGIT community. All are welcome!!

Deaf-Blind Member Section
The purpose of the RID Deaf-Blind Member Section (DBMS) is to act as a national resource for interpreters, consumers and families regarding interpreting needs for individuals who are deaf-blind.

Deaf Caucus Member Section 
The Deaf Caucus strives to strengthen the ties between all members of RID, advocate for the needs and interests of RID members who are deaf and provide a vehicle for open discussion and exchange of ideas.

Interpreters and Transliterators of Color Member Section
The principal purpose of the Interpreters and Transliterators of Color (ITOC) is to advocate for the needs and interests of members of the RID, Inc. who identify themselves as belonging to non-white ethnic groups.

Interpreters in Educational and Instructional Settings Member Section
The purpose of the Interpreters in Educational and Instructional Settings (IEIS) Member Section is to promote the interests and objectives of, enhanced communication with, and information sharing among RID members who work in educational and instructional settings, while following the philosophy, mission and goals of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc.

Interpreters in Healthcare Member Section
The mission of the Interpreters in Healthcare Member Section is four-fold: to foster communication and encourage information sharing among Deaf and hearing members of RID who work in the healthcare field; to provide input to RID about issues pertaining to this specialized field of interpreting; to network and foster a support system for those in the specialty; and most importantly to promote and enhance language access in healthcare across the country.

Deaf Parented Interpreters Member Section 
The mission of the Deaf Parented Interpreters (DPI) Member Section is to promote greater understanding and awareness of the values of the Deaf Community as well as the skills, dedication and sensibilities that interpreters with deaf parents continue to offer to the interpreting profession.

Interpreter Service Managers Member Section
The purpose of the Interpreting Service Managers Member Section is to serve the members of the RID who share a mutual interest in the business and management of sign language interpreting services. Its members include agency owners, not for profit managers, institutional managers and managers within companies who hire and coordinate interpreting services. Its mission is to provide a forum for the discussion of relevant topics that are of mutual interest to some or all of its members.

Legal Interpreters Member Section
The purpose of the Legal Interpreters Member Section (LIMS) is to provide a forum for all interpreters, both deaf and hearing, who interpret in legal and court settings – to collaborate, network, discuss topics relevant to this specialty, and to provide recommendations and input to RID regarding this field of specialized interpreting.

Student Member Section
The purpose of the RID Student Member Section is to establish a bridge between the current student and the working interpreter.  We aim to provide a forum for students and working members of RID to get to know and support one another by sharing events, networking and having thoughtful discussions.  The Student Member Section will provide a student’s perspective and voice within RID.

Video Interpreters Member Section
It is the purpose of the Video Interpreters Member Section (VIMS) to promote enhanced communications and encourage information sharing among RID members who work as video relay and video remote interpreters and other RID members with common interests while following the philosophy, mission and goals of RID.