Certified Deaf Interpreters

Written by Linda Alexander
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Certified deaf interpreters are interpreters who hold a CDI certificate. They are deaf or hard of hearing and have demonstrated at least one year's experience working as an interpreter. To be certified deaf interpreters, they must also have trained at least eight hours on the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) Code of Ethics as well as at least eight hours training in general interpretation as it relates to interpreters who are deaf.

Of course, there are many other types of credentials deaf interpreters may hold. Certificate of Transliteration (CT) and Certificate of Interpretation (CI) are other qualifying credentials for which an interpreter can be tested. The RID maintains a list of all of its certified members.

There are special instances where certified deaf interpreters are needed, when the communication style of a deaf person is so different that hearing interpreters cannot understand it. This may involve people who use signs unique to their families, use a foreign sign language, or who are deaf blind. In these cases, a CDI might work on a team with a hearing interpreter, or work alone as the sole interpreter.

Benefits of Hiring Certified Deaf Interpreters

Using CDIs often provides the best possible communication between parties. They will achieve optimal understanding of messages and be able to clarify cultural misunderstandings. Also, depending on the situation, CDIs may offer you the most cost-effective and efficient use of time and money.


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