This past winter, RIRID hosted several meetings to review RI's current interpreter licensure law. The current law be found here, our proposed law can be found here.
Hearings have been announced for House Bill No. 5695, heard by House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare, and Senate Bill No. 0478, heard by Senate Health and Human Services. RIRID proposed language for both bills which will update the RI Interpreter Licensure regulations.
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH, EDUCATION & WELFARE:
HEARING DATE: Wednesday, April 15, 2015
TIME: Rise of the House
PLACE: Room 101 - State House
Agenda - please click here
RIRID is in support of House Bill 5696 and Senate Bill 0478.
RIRID has drafted the letter of support below for members to send out to House HEW committee.
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SUBJECT: Support House Bill 5695- Interpreters for the Deaf
Dear House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare,
I am writing to you in support of House Bill number 5695, which is the proposed revision of Chapter 5-71 of the General Law, Licensure of Interpreters for the Deaf. As an interpreter for the Deaf and a member of the Rhode Island Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, these licensure regulations greatly impact the work I perform, the community I serve, and the integrity of interpreting in Rhode Island.
RIRID has hosted meetings throughout the winter to gather input and reconstruct regulations that best serves the local Deaf Community. We have recommended changes that align Rhode Island’s licensure requirements to reflect current credentials being awarded by our national organization, The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. These credentials include National Interpreter Certification (NIC), and Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI). The recommended changes also expand the state’s definitions to recognized Deaf-Blind community members, an often overlooked and underrepresented minority population. The revisions also remove the term “transliterator” from our license specialties, which aligns with RID’s current credentialing practice.
RIRID is grateful to have had a healthy opportunity for communal dialogue about the regulations with the RI Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Our profession is ever changing; the revisions proposed reflect the interpreting community’s good-faith effort to keep our regulations current and enforceable.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Rosa Norberg, RIRID President, RIRIDpresident@ririd.org.