The websites linked to below offer a wide variety of information and tools on interpreting, sign language, deafness, advocacy, research and education.


Conference of Interpreter Trainers – CIT is the professional organization of interpreter educators. This site also provides information about the Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education, the accreditation body for interpreting programs.

Mano a Mano – Mana a Mano is a national organization of interpreters who work in Spanish-influenced setting.

National Alliance of Black Interpreters, Inc. – NAOBI is the national association that supports sign language interpreters from the African diaspora.

Association of Visual Language Interpreters of Canada – AVLIC is RID’s counterpart in Canada – it is the only certifying body for ASL-English interpreters in Canada.  AVLIC was established in 1979 and has several Affiliate Chapters across the country.

European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters – EFSLI is a membership organization of sign language interpreters from both in and out of the European Union.

The International Association of Conference Interpreters – AIIC is the only worldwide association for conference interpreters, representing professional conference interpreters in all languages.

International Medical Interpreters Association- IMIA is an international organization committed to the advancement of professional medical interpreters as the best practice to equitable language access to health care for linguistically diverse patients. See more about their sign language division here.

Sign Language Interpreters Association of New Zealand – SLIAZ is a national professional association which represents and advances the profession by informing members and consumers and promoting high standards of practice and integrity in the field.

World Association of Sign Language Interpreters – WASLI was established 23 July 2003 during the 14th World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf in Montreal Canada with the aim to advance the profession of sign language interpreting worldwide.

American Sign Language Browser – Provides short video clips showing how to sign words in ASL

Deaf Resources

ADA Home Page – Contains information and helpful resources pertaining to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

ADA Tax Incentives Packet – Information from the U.S. Department of Justice about the ADA and tax benefits for small and large businesses, as well as IRS information.

Communication Access Information Center – Sponsored by the National Court Reporters Association, this site has general information about CART, how to find a provider and what to expect. In addition, the site discusses different setting where CART is used.

American Association of the Deaf-Blind – AADB is a national consumer organization of, by and for deaf-blind Americans and their supporters. Deaf-blind includes all types and degrees of dual vision and hearing loss.

Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology – COAT is a coalition of over 300 national, regional, state, and community-based disability organizations, including RID. COAT advocates for legislative and regulatory safeguards that will ensure full access by people with disabilities to evolving high speed broadband, wireless and other Internet Protocol (IP) technologies.

National Association of the Deaf – NAD’s mission is to promote, protect and preserve the rights and quality of life of deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America.

Intertribal Deaf Council – IDC is a non-profit organization of Deaf and Hard of Hearing American Indians whose goals are similar to many Native American organizations. IDC promotes the interests of its members by fostering and enhancing their cultural, historical and linguistic tribal traditions.

National Asian Deaf Congress – The NADC provides cultural awareness and advocacy for the interests of the Asian Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community.

National Black Deaf Advocates – NBDA’s mission is to promote leadership development, economic and educational opportunities, social equality, and to safeguard the general health and welfare of Black deaf and hard of hearing people.

World Federation of the Deaf – WFD is an international non-governmental organization representing approximately 70 million deaf people worldwide. Most important among WFD priorities are deaf people in developing countries; the right to sign language; and equal opportunity in all spheres of life, including access to education and information.

ADA Hospitality: A Guide to Planning Accessible Meetings – The Mid-Atlantic ADA Center and TransCen, Inc. sponsored the publication in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the transformational Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Helping you navigate, plan, and create accessible meetings, events, and conferences that serve all your guests’ needs.

Described and Captioned Media Program – The DCMP’s mission is to provide all persons who are deaf or hard of hearing awareness of and equal access to communication and learning through the use of captioned educational media and supportive collateral materials. The DCMP also acts as a captioning information and training center.

National Deaf Education Center – The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center provides a variety of information and resources on deafness.

National Domestic Violence Hotline – Resources and help for deaf, deaf-blind or hard of hearing women trying to leave abusive relationships.

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders – One of the National Institutes of Health, the NIDCD works to improve the lives of people who have communication disorders. This website focuses on medical information and research.

Services for deaf and deaf-blind women – ADWAS provides comprehensive services to Deaf and Deaf-Blind victims/survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking. ADWAS believes that violence is a learned behavior and envisions a world where violence is not tolerated.

Rehab Center: Addiction Treatment for Individuals Deaf and Blind – Addiction can be a harrowing experience for anyone. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, or visually impaired can especially find this experience daunting, as they’re faced with not only overcoming an addiction, but attempting to find a treatment program that recognizes and respects their unique challenges.

Archdiocese of Washington-Center for Deaf Ministry – Interpreters who work in Catholic churches will be interpreting a very different liturgy coming in Advent of this year. The language used will be much more of a challenge to interpret. The National Catholic Office of the Deaf has provided this resource.

National Disability Rights Network – NDRN is the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and Client Assistance Programs (CAP) for individuals with disabilities. Collectively, the P&A/CAP network is the largest provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States.

Disabled People’s Association – Singapore – DPA is a non-profit, cross-disability organization whose mission is to be the voice of people with disabilities, helping them achieve full participation and equal status in the society through independent living.


Find an Interpreter Education Program – Search for a post-secondary program offering interpreter education. A variety of certificates and degree programs are offered. If you cannot locate one in your area, try searching for programs with distance learning opportunities.

Gallaudet University – Gallaudet University is a leader in undergraduate liberal arts education, career development and outstanding graduate programs for deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing students. The University is also renowned for its research on the history, language and culture of deaf people.

National Technical Institute for the Deaf – NTID’s mission is to provide deaf and hard-of-hearing students with outstanding state-of-the-art technical and professional programs, complemented by a strong liberal arts and sciences curriculum, that prepare them to live and work in the mainstream of a rapidly changing global community and enhances their lifelong learning.

National Multicultural Interpreter Project – Contains curriculum developed under a grant program that deals with multiculturalism within the interpreting profession.

Deaf Education Website – Contains information and resources for deaf education professionals.

Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education – CCIE was founded to promote professionalism in the field of sign language interpreter education through the process of accreditation.

National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers – NCIEC’s goal is to significantly increase the number of qualified and credentialed interpreters in the field by forging collaborative links and facilitating practice and product sharing among interpreter education service providers, practitioners, educators and consumers nationwide. One initiative is to increase interest in and understanding of the interpreting profession. Go to learn more about the profession and getting started.

American Sign Language Teachers Association – ASLTA is the only national organization dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching of ASL and Deaf Studies at all levels of instruction.

The University of Northern Colorado – Provides a listing of training programs, products, and resources available to interpreters and people who want to become an interpreter.

ASLIC, LLC– Located in Sykesville, MD, ASL Interpreter Corps strives to provide qualified sign language interpreters with integrity and ethical values. ASLIC, LLC provides mentorship opportunities for aspiring interpreters. Contact for more details.

Bear Claw Interpreting– Based out of Oklahoma, this organization offers language mentoring for interpreters who are wanting to improve the services they provide, as well as language analysis and mentoring services for groups of interpreters in specialized settings.

Sign Language Linguistics – Website of Sherman Wilcox, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Linguistics at the University of New Mexico. It includes research papers and other publications regarding ASL linguistics.

University of Rochester Sign Language Research Center –  The Sign Language Research Center is working toward a better understanding of historical change in signed languages by building a digital library to store and access historical and modern sign language data.

State Law and Regulations

Interpreting is about access! In the U.S., federal laws ensure equal opportunity in education, healthcare, the workplace, and in the courts. Check out these websites for more information

Americans with Disabilities Act
State Licensure Laws
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

International Resources

SignedLanguage – SignLanguage offers a unique reference point on sign language and communication basics. This Web site has brought together expert information and a look at British Sign Language (BSL) along with the histories.

World Association of Sign Language Interpreters – WASLI was established 23 July 2003 during the 14th World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf in Montreal Canada with the aim to advance the profession of sign language interpreting worldwide.