This is not a static document.  As we receive more questions, or as answers are found/developed, we will update this document.

The RID 2019 National Conference is being held from July 7-11, 2019, in Providence, Rhode Island.

FAQs about Workshops

Where is the Call for Presenters?
Will conference presenters be compensated?
When will we know which workshops will be offered, and on which days?
What is the total number of CEUs that I can get?
Will these be General Studies, Professional Studies, Legal CEUs?
Will there also be Power, Privilege & Oppression (PPO) CEUs?
What is the deadline to contact a member section chair with my presentation idea?
What if my presentation fits into several member sections scope? Do I need to lobby multiple member section chairs?
How will the member section chair choose which presenters to present?
What is the process for contacting a Member Section Chair?
I don’t belong to a member section. Who do I contact?
Will workshop descriptions/presenter information be available before the end of early bird registration?
Why are the Trilingual workshops labeled as General Studies CEUs instead of Professional Studies?
Why isn’t there more coverage of medical interpreting (or another topic you feel is not represented in the program)?

FAQs about Registration

How much does registration cost?
What is the Early Bird Registration Deal?
Are banquet tickets included in the registration?
What are the “additional banquet tickets” for?
Why is the banquet ticket $52?
Is there a group rate for registration? What qualifies as a “group”?
Can we purchase single day registrations if we can’t make it for the entire duration of the conference?
Why should I register in advance?
I registered, but now I need to cancel my registration. What is the cancellation policy?
I registered for the conference but am no longer able to attend. Can I transfer my registration to a friend?

FAQs about Conference

Is this conference more like Salt Lake City, or more like previous conferences, in terms of structure?
Will there be a Drag Bingo?
I am interested in being a volunteer/joining the support staff. Where can I get information?
I am interested in being an exhibitor. Where can I get information?
I am interested in being a sponsor. Where can I get information?
Will there be a community forum?
Is the local Deaf community invited to the Community Forum? Will there be a cost involved?
Will there be other opportunities for the local Deaf community to participate in the conference?
Will the conference be live-streamed?
Will I be able to vote remotely for the business meeting?
What is the official language of this conference?
How can I report violators of the conference language policy? What will be the repercussions?
Will any session be interpreted in English or Spanish. If yes, which ones?
Who is the RID Cares initiative recipient? How can I donate?
Can non-members watch the RID Business Meeting?
Is the conference appropriate for young children? Does RID provide childcare if I bring my children?
Why should I stay at the conference hotel?
Can I visit the exhibits without registering for the conference?
Who attends the RID Conference?
Still have a question?

FAQs about Workshops


Q: Where is the Call for Presenters?

A: For this conference, The Conference Planning Committee has decided to do things a little differently.  Instead of starting the process with a Call for Presenters, we began by engaging with the RID Member Section leadership.

Each Member Section Chair has been contacted by our Program Chairs (Christine Multra Kraft and Stephanie Zito). Each Member Section has the opportunity to sponsor content for the conference.  “Sponsoring” can mean that they actively plan the content, including the presenters, or that they assist another Member Section with planning the content and presenters.

All of the current RSA Grants (GTC, DBI, Project CLIMB, CALI, Healthcare Interpreting) have also been invited, and (where appropriate) they are partnering with the appropriate Member Sections to pool resources and provide engaging, relevant, and timely content.

After we have worked through this process, we MAY open up the process to a general call for presenters, depending on how much conference time remains unfilled on the schedule.

Link to Member Section Page: https://rid.org/membership/benefits/member-sections/

RSA Grants:

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Q: Will conference presenters be compensated?

A: Yes.  The Member Section chairs have received the details of the compensation plan.  We have put together an attractive package in such a way that we hope it encourages more diversity and more presenters coming from historically under-represented groups within RID.  

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Q: When will we know which workshops will be offered, and on which days?

A: As soon as we finalize details, we will be populating the schedule, available to view online.  We will also have periodic updates as presenters are confirmed. We will not send out an email blast for every single presenter – but you should definitely keep an eye on the end-of-the-month e-news from RID, as well as social media announcements.

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Q: What is the total number of CEUs that I can get?

A: You will be able to earn up to 2.575 CEUs.

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Q: Will these be General Studies, Professional Studies, Legal CEUs?

A: There will be a variety of learning opportunities with content in all areas, including Legal.

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Q: Will there also be Power, Privilege & Oppression (PPO) CEUs?  My cycle started in January, and I have this new requirement that I have to meet.

A: Yes, there will also be PPO CEUs.  As the workshops are identified and categorized, they will be marked. 

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Q: What is the deadline to contact a member section chair with my presentation idea?

A: We are in the process of working with them now; you should contact them as soon as possible, if they have not already sent out information to their membership.

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Q: What if my presentation fits into several member sections scope?  Do I need to lobby multiple member section chairs?

A: Start with the one that you feel best represents YOU, or best represents the topic you want to present.  Some Member Sections are identity-based; others are specialties within the profession. If neither of these options fit, then send your proposal directly to programchair@rid.org; they will share the proposal directly with the group (Program Chairs, HQ representative, Member Section Chairs, etc.) for review.

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Q: How will the member section chair choose which presenters to present?

A: As we work through this process, the Planning Committee (which includes the Program Co-Chairs, the Member Section Chairs) has continually asked ourselves three questions:

  1. What does the membership of RID need?
  2. What do Deaf people need?
  3. How can we make this happen?

We have found these questions very helpful as we try to prioritize workshops.  Obviously, there are more ideas than space available.

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Q: What is the process for contacting a Member Section Chair?

A: Their contact information is on the rid.org website.  Send them a description of your proposed workshop. We suggest that you also specifically address questions 1 and 2, above.

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Q: I don’t belong to a member section.  Who do I contact?

A: Well, first, you should perhaps use this opportunity to review the Member Sections and see if any of them fit your identity, or fit the type of work that you do. Alternatively, maybe you want to learn more about an identity group, or a specialty within the profession – one good way to do this is to join that Member Section.  It is free to join. They are invaluable resource centers and learning communities. You join the Member Sections through your profile on the RID Portal.

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Q: Will workshop descriptions/presenter information be available before the end of early bird registration?

A: Yes. We will be publishing workshop and presenter information as it becomes available – here on the website, and through periodic email updates.

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Q: Why are the Trilingual workshops labeled as General Studies CEUs instead of Professional Studies?

A: They have been changed to Professional Studies. We apologize for the confusion.

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Q: Why isn’t there more coverage of medical interpreting (or another topic you feel is not represented in the program)?

A: All workshops were coordinated through the RID Member Section leadership. If you are interested in a specific topic that you don’t see on the conference program, please reach out to your member section leaders to express your interest in future workshops. There is currently an available slot in the conference program for an all-day workshop on Sunday, July 7! If you are prepared to host a workshop on that day, please reach out to your member section leaders or to the conference co-chairs at programchair@rid.org to be considered. Thank you!

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FAQs about Registration


Q: How much does registration cost?

A: Details are here: https://rid.org/events/rid-2019-national-conference/registration-costs/

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Q: What is the Early Bird Registration Deal?

A: If you register before the end of the Early Bird Registration period, AND you reserve at least three nights of hotel rooms (and use them!) – then when you show up at conference and show us active confirmation of your stay (along with conference registration and hotel reservation details) – then we will refund to you $20/night for your hotel stay.  (This cannot be combined with any other offers – but if you are a presenter, then we will work it out.) . This lowers the cost of your hotel room to $159/night (not including taxes).

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Q: Are banquet tickets included in the registration?

A: Yes – purchasing a registration automatically gives you a banquet ticket.

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Q: What are the “additional banquet tickets” for?

A: Perhaps you have someone you’d like to bring as a guest, who would not be registering for the conference – this is a chance to bring them along.

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Q: Why is the banquet ticket $52?

A: That is our cost for the food.  We are offering this as a benefit to allow guests to join us in the festivities.

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Q: Is there a group rate for registration? What qualifies as a “group”?

A: No. We are not offering group rates.

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Q: Can we purchase single day registrations if we can’t make it for the entire duration of the conference?

A: Our intention is to have one-day registrations available, yes.  We will wait until after the regular registration period is complete to see how much space is left at the conference.  We do not have a hard limit on how many people can attend the conference – but we need to make sure that we do not overcrowd the workshops.

Also, because of the varying events that are happening, the one-day passes will vary in cost depending on the day.  As an example, Monday July 8th has the Keynote, then Member Section meetings, and then the RID Business Meeting (which is free).  This would be charged a different rate than one of the other days that are all-day workshops.

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Q: Why should I register in advance?

A: If you register in advance, it makes check-in at the conference faster and easier. Also your information, registration materials, and our support will be prepared and ready for you in advance!  Lastly, seating at the Closing Banquet may not be available if you wait until the last minute.  We are working with the catering and conference planning staff to determine the exact limit on the number of people that can attend this banquet.

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Q: I registered, but now I need to cancel my registration. What is the cancellation policy?

A: You can cancel your registration by contacting registration@rid.org prior to June 15, 2019. There is a $75 cancellation fee for all cancellations.

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Q: I registered for the conference but am no longer able to attend. Can I transfer my registration to a friend?

A: No, registrations cannot be transferred.

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FAQs about the Conference


Q: Is this conference more like Salt Lake City, or more like previous conferences, in terms of structure?

A: This conference is structured more like RIDNOLA15 and prior conferences, in that attendees will have choices of which workshops they attend – it will not be all attendees in a single room all day.  However, we are taking cues from the results of Salt Lake City 2017, in terms of what kinds of content to offer at National Conferences. For example, we will be offering a Leadership track, designed to help prepare RID Members to not just become leaders in the profession, but leaders within their non-profit organization.

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Q: Will there be a Drag Bingo?

A: At this time, we are planning it, yes!  Very exciting.

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Q: I am interested in being an exhibitor.  Where can I get information?

A: At this time, exhibitor space has been filled and we are no longer accepting applications (05/17/19).

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Q: I am interested in being a sponsor.  Where can I get information?

A: If you wish to become a 2019 RID Conference Sponsor, see our Sponsor packet and complete the application here: https://rid.org/events/rid-2019-national-conference/sponsorship-and-exhibitor-information/

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Q: Will there be a community forum?

A: Yes!  The Deaf Parented Interpreter Member Section, along with some partners, is working hard on organizing that.  More details on that will be coming soon.

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Q: Is the local Deaf community invited to the Community Forum?  Will there be a cost involved?

A: Yes, of course we want them to come.  It would be free for all who want to join us.

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Q: Will there be other opportunities for the local Deaf community to participate in the conference?

A: Yes!  We are planning a number of activities surrounding the Community Forum.  More details will be shared as they become available.

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Q: Will the conference be live-streamed?

A: The business meeting will be live-streamed.  We are not yet sure about any other portions of the conference, such as the keynote.  We have not yet finalized the details with our A/V contractor.

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Q: Will I be able to vote remotely for the business meeting?

A: No. The combination of streaming technology and remote voting is not yet robust enough to make this a viable process and still keep the business meeting moving along at a reasonable pace.  The Board is considering options similar to the 2017 Business Meeting in SLC, where the standing rules would have a clause that allowed a motion to be referred to the member body for a general vote.

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Q: What is the official language of this conference?

A: As per the motion at RIDNOLA15, the language of the conference is ASL.  All communications throughout the conference are expected to be conducted in ASL.  All workshops will also be conducted in ASL.  The only exceptions are those workshops which focus on spoken English and/or Trilingual interpreting, where the spoken component is an important part of the workshop content.

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Q: How can I report violators of the conference language policy? What will be the repercussions?

A: The official language of the conference is ASL.  Those who do not respect this will be courteously reminded.

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Q: Will any session be interpreted in English or Spanish. If yes, which ones?

A: Generally, no.  The official language of the conference is ASL.  Trilingual workshops may be led/offered in different languages.

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Q: Who is the RID Cares initiative recipient? How can I donate?

A: We are delighted to recognize the American Society for Deaf Children as the RID Cares recipient for this conference. For more information, please click here.

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Q: Can non-members watch the RID Business Meeting?

A: Yes, they can.

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Q: Is the conference appropriate for young children?  Does RID provide childcare if I bring my children?

A: While Providence is a great vacation destination, the conference is not a good place for children, no children’s activities are planned, and there will be no childcare provided.  We will have a space set aside that nursing mothers can use, if they wish.

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Q: Why should I stay at the conference hotel?

A: All conference activities are at the Rhode Island Convention Center (RICC).  The RICC is connected to the Omni Providence Hotel (the conference hotel) which makes it convenient for you to go to your room in between sessions. You can also save extra time from taking public transportation, driving or walking. Staying at the Omni Providence ultimately helps towards reducing meeting space fees and this also allows the RID to keep registration rates more affordable for conference attendees.  There is also a connected covered walkway to the Providence Mall, which has a drug store and a food court.

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Q: Can I visit the exhibits without registering for the conference?

A: Absolutely! The exhibits will be located in the lobby outside meeting spaces which makes it convenient for everyone to be able to browse exhibits. To be able to attend workshops, you must be registered.

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Q: Who attends the RID Conference?

A: Individuals in the sign language interpreting profession, and those who work with/for them (such as sign language agencies, recruiters, testing experts, stakeholders, etc.)

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Q: Still have a question?

A: Please contact us at members@rid.org if you don’t find the answer to your question above.

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This document will be updated as questions come in, and as we finalize details of the conference.