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Below is a collection of external links--with brief synopses--to other web sites, resources and organizations. Please feel free to email me with any other links (along with short descriptions) that you would like to have listed here.

National Organizations

The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)
"You have probably seen our members interpreting on political grandstands, in churches, in schools, on television, in courtrooms, in hospitals, in theaters, and any place where communication is vital. However, it wasn't always a commonplace occurrence ... RID has worked diligently to provide the "three Q's of interpreting: Quantity, Qualifications and Quality," namely, the RID Triad. RID's Triad is composed of:

In addition to originating and administering the National Testing System that certifies interpreters, RID also provides various support services to practicing interpreters, students of interpretation, and persons who share an active interest in the field of interpretation. Information on speakers, workshops, and classes are offered for the following: the American with Disabilities Act, the interpreting profession, Interpreter Preparation Programs, National Testing and Certification, Certification Maintenance Program for professional development, national Ethical Practices System, Testimony/Technical Assistance, Interpreter Referral Services, career opportunities, mentoring, internships, and scholarships to cover testing fees."

-- RID Web Site (3/27/01)

National Association of the Deaf (NAD)
"Founded in 1880, the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is the oldest and largest organization representing people with disabilities in the United States. The NAD safeguards the accessibility and civil rights of 28 million deaf and hard of hearing Americans in a variety of areas including education, employment, health care and social services, and telecommunications. A private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, the NAD is a dynamic federation of 51 state association affiliates, sponsoring and organizational affiliates, and direct members. Programs and activities include grassroots advocacy and empowerment, captioned media, certification of American Sign Language professionals; certification of sign language interpreters; deafness-related information and publications, legal assistance, policy development and research, public awareness, and youth leadership development. Headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland, the NAD also has program offices in Spartanburg, South Carolina and Morganton, North Carolina."

-- NAD web site (3/27/01)

Regional Organizations

Greater Pittsburgh Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (GPRID)
"The establishment of GPRID in the early 70's designated the organization as a chapter of the National RID, Inc. (est. 1964). The area’s faithful deaf and hearing community involved in the GPRID advisory board and the GPRID membership nurtured the strength of the organization in the Pittsburgh region."

-- GPRID Web Site (3/27/01)

Massachusetts Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (MassRID)
"The Massachusetts Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (MassRID), a state chapter of the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc (NRID), is a non-profit membership association whose charter allows it to work towards establishing a national standard of quality interpreting. It is the mission of MassRID to work together with the Deaf Community in meeting the demands for interpreting services in the Massachusetts area by enhancing the quality and availability of sign language interpreters."

-- MassRID Web Site (12/12/01)

Interpreter Training Programs

for a more complete--but less detailed listing--visit RID's
Bachelor/Graduate & Associate/Certificate/Continuing Ed. Lists

Northeastern Unversity, Boston, MA
"The American Sign Language Program is dedicated to preparing individuals who can interact in a positive and supportive manner with members of the American Deaf Community. The Program does this by providing a wide array of course offerings as well as volunteer, internship and practicum opportunities. For its ASL/English interpretation majors, the Program is committed to providing opportunities that will allow them to acquire the linguistic, cognitive and ethical decision-making skills as well as the socio-cultural knowledge necessary to serve as professional ASL/English interpreters. For students pursuing a dual major in ASL Studies and another academic discipline, the Program is committed to enabling them to integrate their communicative competence and socio-cultural knowledge in order to work positively with the Deaf Community in a variety of meaningful roles. For students taking American Sign Language in fulfillment of their university language requirement, the Program is committed to providing the communicative competence and cultural sensitivity needed to interact successfully with members of the American Deaf Community."

-- NU ASL Program Web Site (3/27/01)

Western Oregon University
"The ASL/English Interpretation major is designed to prepare its graduates to enter the interpreting field as professionals who make significant contributions to the service delivery team. The program combines classes in language development, linguistics, sociology, anthropology, education, and professional practices, as well as interpreting theory, technique, and the application of knowledge and skills to the interpreting performance. Courses are taught by highly qualified instructors, both deaf and hearing, and students interact with both professional interpreters and consumers throughout their term of study."

-- WOU Web Site (3/27/01)

Internet Resrouces

David Bar-Tzur's Homepage
Resources for ... "Interpreting for Deafblind people, for religious/spiritual topics, and for technical/specialized topics. Humor and stories for interpreters, integrating the interpreting service models,and multiculturalism. Professional development through: audiotapes, books, Deaf events, oo-it-yourself, education, mailing lists, mentoring, organizations, outside assessment, people, periodicals, teaching, videotapes, web sites, and workshops."

-- Mr. Bar-Tzur via email

Sign City
"SignCity is a non-profit organization created for the benefit of disabled persons, with an emphasis on those who are deaf and hard-of-hearing. With this web site we hope to inform and empower members of the disabled community, and educate the public about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)."

-- SignCity Web Site (3/31/01)

Sign Language Interpreting Theatre
"Sign Language interpreters are gaining popularity in theatres from Broadway to Boise. With the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, along with increased sensitivity to Sign Language and the Deaf community, theatre producers and venues throughout the country find themselves exploring the opportunity to reach out to a new audience via interpreted performances. Unfortunately, interpreters who are experienced in performance interpreting are few and far between. In addition, most production staff have a limited understanding of the variety of issues associated with the provision of quality interpreted performance. It is hoped that this Web site will serve as a resource for both novice and experienced interpreters, as well as for theatre staff wanting to learn about sign language interpreted performance."

-- Terptheatre Web Site (3/31/01)