Government Affairs Program.

Join us to advance our mission of excellence in interpreting.

GAP – Government Affairs Program

The Government Affairs Program, GAP,  was created to advocate on behalf of professional sign language interpreters and for the establishment and adherence to standards within the profession at both the state and federal levels.

Representation: Having a seat at the table.

Advocacy: Supporting the mission.

Collaboration: Building relationships. 

Communication: Keeping our members informed.

  • VRS Reform
  • Interpreter Referral Agency Conduct
  • Interpreter Standards in the Federal Government
  • and more!

The program aims to strengthen RID relationships with members, coalitions, professional organizations, consumer groups, industry partners and government agencies through a four-pronged approach that includes representation, advocacy, collaboration and communication.

  • Support and Representation
  • Technical Assistance and Consultation
  • Information and Referral
  • Leadership and Representation
  • Training and Education
  • Network for Information Dissemination

We are stronger together and partnerships between RID and members, affiliate chapters, state Deaf associations, organizations, and state and federal agencies are essential for us to move forward toward our shared goals. Join us to advance our mission of excellence in interpreting.

Advocacy Toolkit.

Tactics to use to advocate for policy changes.

Advocacy Toolkit

Have you ever explained to someone the appropriate use for an interpreter? Or maybe you’ve provided information to an organization or business unfamiliar with the benefits of employing certified interpreters. While these actions may not have resulted in legislation or policy, they’ve likely changed the way people think about and interact with professional interpreters. These instances of everyday advocacy are important to help educate people who are not aware of the professional standards for interpreters or the linguistic needs of the Deaf community.

Connect with us.

Have you been in touch with GAP lately? You can reach the Public Policy and Advocacy Department using the Contact Us form here!


Advocacy Toolkit Topics


Ongoing GAP Efforts

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