RID has played a leading role in establishing a national standard of quality for interpreters and transliterators. We encourage the growth of the profession, educate the public about the vital role of interpreters and transliterators and work to ensure equal opportunity and access for all individuals.
The mission and values of RID are encompassed in our strategic plan, reflected in the statements below and incorporated into the actions and activities of all RID initiatives:
Mission – What We Do:
The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf strives to advocate for best practices in interpreting, professional development for practitioners and for the highest standards in the provision of interpreting services for diverse users of languages that are signed or spoken.
Vision – Our Desired Future:
By honoring its past and innovating for the future, RID envisions a world where:
–Its members recognize and support the linguistic rights of all Deaf people as human rights, equal to those of users of spoken languages;
–Deaf people and their values are vital to and visible in every aspect of RID;
–Interpreted interaction between individuals who use signed and spoken languages are as viable as direct communication;
–The interpreting profession is formally recognized and is advanced by rigorous professional development, standards of conduct, and credentials.
–The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) understands the necessity of multicultural awareness and sensitivity. Therefore, as an organization, we are committed to diversity both within the organization and within the profession of sign language interpreting.
–Our commitment to diversity reflects and stems from our understanding of present and future needs of both our organization and the profession. We recognize that in order to provide the best service as the national certifying body among signed and spoken language interpreters, we must draw from the widest variety of society with regards to diversity in order to provide support, equality of treatment, and respect among interpreters within the RID organization.