Road to Deaf Interpreting


Do I need a college degree before I join Road to Deaf Interpreting?

No because some states have their own quality assurance or licensing program that does not require a college degree, for example, Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing has a Screening program that is good for eight years. If you pass MCDHH's Deaf Interpreter screening, you can work in Massachusetts for eight years before you apply for RID's CDI written and performance exam. RID requires an AA degree before June 30th, 2012 to take the CDI performance and a BA degree before June 30th, 2016  however they have a program called "Alternative Pathway" which can be found on RID's website that explains that you can be waived from the degree requirement if you meet their requirement.   ASL version here

Class schedule

Classes will meet on the weekends noted in the 2017-2019 Schedule.  The program is designed to meet student needs and also fit with the schedules of the available instructors.


The student will have a practicum placement under the immediate supervision of a professional interpreter who functions as the student's mentor, and the seminar instructor (supervision instructor). The practicum will involve such activities as observing the mentor and a variety of other interpreters at work; preparing videotapes for mentor critique; interpreting under the supervision of the mentor; and meeting weekly with the mentor to discuss the practicum experience. Additionally, practicum students will meet together weekly to share observations and experiences gained from the practicum placement. Class discussions focus on linguistic issues in interpretation, ethical dilemmas, situational concerns and problem solving.

 Who should apply for this training series?

Deaf persons who are either working as interpreters now, or who are interested in becoming interpreters, should apply for this workshop series.  People applying should have strong ASL skills, good skills in communicating with Deaf persons who have limited ASL and or/ Deafblind persons, and some knowledge of English.  Students who are interested in grass-roots, Deafblind, legal or other kinds of interpreting are welcome.  Priority will be given to applicants who are bi-lingual in sign language i.e. Nepalese Sign Language, Russian Sign Language, various Caribbean Sign Language, Mexican Sign Language, etc. 

 Where will the courses be held?

The training series is open to students throughout the New England region however we will accept applicants from other states pending on slot availability.  To accommodate as many people from this region as possible, we will be holding the workshop series in Worcester, MA.  The exact location will be provided in your confirmation packet along with hotel information if you should need to make accommodations for your stay on Friday and Saturday nights.

 How much will the program cost?

Each weekend course will be offered at the rate of $125 if you are a member of a local RID chapter and national RID or pay $145 if you are not a member of a local RID chapter and national RID. Students are responsible for their own travel arrangements, meals, and supplies for the classroom. The exact cost of each weekend course might be reduced depending on our success in obtaining additional grant funding and scholarship funds.  Students will be billed prior to the start of each course, or if easier, you can pay for the whole series in advance.  For state sponsored vendors i.e. payment comes from a third party, the fee is $145 regardless of RID membership status.

 Are there required books?

Yes, each student is required to have the latest copy  (4th edition)  So You Want to Be an Interpreter: An Introduction to Sign language Interpreting by Jan Humphrey and a GoReact account for videotaped work. Additional handouts and references to certain websites will be given out by instructors in advance.

 How do I apply?

 Click on "Application Process" 

The application packet will have an application form and two recommendation forms.  Please fill out the application form (English and include ASL video attachment) and return it with a $10.00 Registration fee: check or money order - payable to Road to Deaf Interpreting.  The recommendations should be given to professions in Interpreting, ASL, or a Deaf-related field.  Individuals making the recommendations should be able to say why you would make a good interpreter and what personal qualities enable you to be a good interpreter.  Based on the applications and recommendations, students will be accepted into the Deaf Interpreters: Past, Present, & Future course.  


What if I'm not sure if I want to take the whole program?

That's okay.  We expect that some people will be unsure if this is the right program for them either because they are new to the field, or because they feel they maybe too experienced.  If you are unsure, then you should still consider taking the Deaf Interpreters: Past, Present, and Future course and the next three courses until December, 2017 to see if you would like to pursue a career as an interpreter.  If, after the fourth course, you want to continue with the training series (required to attend all courses in the series), you will have an opportunity to let us know and meet with the evaluators as described above.


When is the application deadline?

All applications, including a $10.00 application fee, must be postmarked no later than June 30th, 2017.  Applicants are encouraged to complete and return their application earlier if possible.  Applications postmarked after the deadline may not be considered.


Do you want more information?

To get additional information please contact either Jim Lipsky or Stephanie Clark.  The contact information is as follows:  [email protected]


 Thank you for your interest in the Road to Deaf Interpreting Workshop Series.






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