RID – Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf


RID is a national membership organization representing the professionals who facilitate communication between people who are deaf or hard of hearing and people who can hear. Interpreters serve as professional communicators in a vast array of settings such as: churches, schools, courtrooms, hospitals and theaters, as well as on political grandstands and television.
The founding of RID was an unexpected outcome of a workshop held June 14-17, 1964, at Ball State Teachers College (Ball State University) in Muncie, Indiana. The purpose of the workshop was to bring a more formal and structured foundation to the training of interpreters and to upgrade services and support offered to persons who are deaf.
Many of the participants of the workshop, which included both deaf and hearing individuals, felt that the formalization of interpreting as a profession was an idea whose time had arrived. After a name change, incorporation in 1972, and various growing pains, RID continued its evolution into its present form.
RID, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was established in 1964 and incorporated in 1972.


– Subscription to VIEWS, RID?s quarterly newsletter, as well as monthly e-mail updates such as RID e-NEWS and Interpreting in the News
– Eligible for reduced certification testing fees (associate, student or certified members only)
– Journal of Interpretation (free for certified and associate members)
– Discounts on all RID publications and products
– Discounts on RID?s biennial conference registration
– Voting privileges (certified and associate members only)
– Leadership opportunities to help shape RID and the interpreting profession by serving on committees and task forces
– Access to members? only online benefits, including VIEWS online, a searchable article database, surveys and a personal listing on the searchable database for


$93.00 Associate
$49 Senior (members at least 55 years of age)
$30 Student
$30 Supporting
$15 Trial
$150 Organizational

Contact Information

Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
333 Commerce Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
By phone:
(703) 838-0030
(703) 838-0459 TTY
By fax:
(703) 838-0454 Fax

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