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National Organizations

Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

RID was founded in 1964, this is the national association dedicated to the professional development of interpreters and transliterators.  MRID is an affiliate chapter of this organization.  

RID Region III Chapters







National Association of the Deaf

NAD was founded in 1880, this is the oldest and largest national organization representing the accessibility and civil rights of 28 million deaf and hard of hearing. 


The organization was founded and birth by the local Black Deaf community. The Black Deaf community (DCABDA) felt it was essential to have a place where Black interpreters can congregate and cultivate themselves among each other, to grow the population of Interpreters of Color and to enhance our skills to see more of us in the professional interpreting field.

Local Organizations

CATIE Center

This is the Collaboration for the Advancement of Teaching Interpreter Excellence through the provision of tools, resources, targeted funding, collecting data and supporting networking.

Minnesota Commission of the Deaf, DeafBlind & Hard of Hearing

MNCDHH advocates for equal opportunity for and with the 20% of Minnesotans who are deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division

DHHSD provides information, resources and empowerment opportunities to assist Minnesotans who are deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing and their family to effectively access service in their communities.

Minnesota Association for Deaf Citizens

MADC's vision: Advance and ensure the quality of life for Deaf Minnesotans.
Mission: Preserve, protect and promote American Sign Language and political, educational, economic and social equality for Deaf Minnesotans.

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