The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) is the national organization that establishes standards and testing for sign language interpreters, of which DeafConnect is an organizational member. The home office for RID is in Alexandria, Virginia, and can be found at www.rid.org. RID was established in 1964 in order to maintain a listing of professional sign language interpreters for the deaf. Since its inception at Ball State University in Indiana, the membership now totals over 18,000.
The Code of Professional Conduct dictates ethical standards which each certified interpreter pledges to uphold and those striving to obtain certification strive for adherence. The organization also operates a certification system and those who are certified must maintain that designation through the certification maintenance program. The program requires 80 continuing education units (CEU). CEUs are acquired by participating in workshops, self-study, and collaborative educational opportunities that provide the latest in information, skill building, and professional development.
RID’s Board of Directors is composed of members elected by their peers. Eleven members are elected to two-year terms. Five of these members are region representatives.