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Resources

As an interpreting service provider, ASL Interpreters, Inc. strives to maintain professionalism, and believes that doing so includes providing resources to businesses, organizations and individual clients who want to better understand the practice of interpreting and the needs of the deaf community.

Interpreting Organizations and Resources

Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)

RID is the national membership organization responsible for upholding the standards of the sign language interpreting profession. This includes awarding national certification to those individuals who fulfill the requirements.

Potomac Chapter of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (PCRID)

PCRID is a local membership organization that supports and advocates for professional interpreters in Maryland and Washington, DC. It is also a recognized affiliate chapter of RID.

Virginia Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (VRID)

VRID is a membership organization that supports and advocates for professional interpreters in the state of Virginia. It is also a recognized affiliate chapter of RID.

Deaf Advocacy Organizations

National Association of the Deaf (NAD)

NAD is a national civil rights organization that focuses on ensuring the rights of deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals in the United States, which includes the right of these individuals to have appropriate interpreting services.

Maryland Governor’s Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH)

ODHH was established for the purpose of promoting the general welfare of deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind people in the state of Maryland. Their responsibilities include working with various state and private agencies to ensure appropriate delivery of services to Maryland’s citizens.

Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH)

The goal of VDHH is to to reduce communication barriers that exist between persons who are deaf or hard of hearing and those who are hearing, including family members, service providers, and the general public.

Northern Virginia Resource Center

District of Columbia Association of the Deaf (DCAD)

Maryland Association of the Deaf (MDAD)

Virginia Association of the Deaf (VAD)

Center for Independent Living disAbility Resource Center (central Virginia)

Laws

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Titles II and III pertain specifically to providing services for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing.

» Read ADA’s Frequently Asked Questions for employers and businesses

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

Our interpreters fully comply with HIPAA policies and are bound to same standards of confidentiality as medical personnel. You should feel very confident in any interpreting services provided by ASL Interpreters, Inc.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

(applies to K-12 public education institutions)

The following sections from IDEA directly pertain to providing interpreting and transliterating services for students in public education institutions.

“(iv) Consider the communication needs of the child, and in the case of the child who is deaf or hard of hearing, consider the language and communication needs, opportunities for direct communication with peers and professionals in the child’s language and communication mode, academic level, and full range of needs including opportunities for direct instruction in the child’s language and communication mode, and (v) Consider whether the child requires assistive communication devices and services.”

IDEA Sec. 1414 (d) (3) (B)

“Interpreting services, as used with respect to children who are deaf or hard of hearing, includes oral transliteration services, cued language transliteration services, and sign language interpreting services.”

IDEA Sec. 300.34 (b) (4)