NAD/RID Region V 2016 Conference News

2016 NAD/RID Region V Conference

July 5 – 9, 2016

Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel

News to come:

Call for Committee Chairs

Call for Presenters

Region V Report March 2014

Region V conference – June 25 – 28, 2014

  1. Room for 3 booked at Town and Country Hotel
  2. I have offered to help with the Silent Auction committee and have been in touch with Mary, several board members have offered to work with us:

Bob LoParo, Juti Seshie, Connie Loper, Dianne Nosche.

  1. Looking for locations now for 2016  Region V conference. The process and info is usually held confidential until an announcement is made.

Submitted by Peggy Huber, Interim President

Region V Report February 2014

Region V conference – June 25 – 28, 2014

  1. Registration will cost and what the dates are for each tier. Registration will open with the new database in early March. Early bird ends on April 30–later than usual, but realistic given our later registration opening!
  Early-Bird Regular On-site
  (start – April 30) (May 1-May 31) (June 1 – start of conference)
Member $250.00 $325.00 $400.00
Senior $225.00 $300.00 $400.00
Student $225.00 $300.00 $400.00
Non-Member $300.00 $375.00 $450.00
  1. Sent call for committee chairs to the membership via WA, but I was informed by Liz Mendoza that all committee chair positions were filled.
  2. I have offered to help with the Silent Auction committee and have been in touch with Mary
  3. RID-sponsored charity – Each conference elects a Deaf-related charity to donate goods and/or funds to.  The following organization has been chosen for the 2014 Region V RID Conference

Deaf Education and Families Project (San Diego Parents’ Link):
Family Focus Resource and Empowerment Center


Description: We provide Empowerment for families with children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing so they can receive the most effective services and their children can enjoy the greatest educational opportunities resulting in productive and enriched lives.

  1. President council training day on June 25th – I am hoping to attend.
  2. CSD sponsorship – request by California Coalition (of/by/for Deaf service agencies in Calif) not to accept a sponsorship by CSD as they are under-bidding local agencies for interpreter contracts and services in California.  As of 2/18/14, there is no offer for sponsorship by CSD, but the letter was distributed in anticipation of an offer.   There is a discussion at the national level of RID regarding conference sponsorship guidelines and policies. Now that the Reg V AC presidents have been approached, I am asking what our role would be in accepting or rejecting a possible sponsorship offer by CSD.

Submitted by Peggy Huber, Interim President

Region 5 Report

No reports available prior to February 2014

Region V Conference Call for Interpreters

June 16-20, 2010
Salt Lake City, UT

We are seeking interpreters in good standing with RID to provide quality interpreting services for conference participants. Applicants must be RID: CI and CT, CSC, or CDI; NAD: Level IV or V; or NIC: Advanced or Master. Please email a letter of interest indicating preference for a full or part-time position, a resume highlighting any platform experience and/or Deaf-Blind interpreting experience, three letters of reference, and a 10-minute unrehearsed video demonstrating your interpreting skills.

Applications must be received by March 29, 2010. Cover letters, resumes, and reference letters must be submitted via email to  Hard copies of these documents will not be accepted.  Videos may be submitted online (e.g. YouTube or Google video) or via email attachment. For videos only, if electronic format is not possible, the video may be sent to LaVona Andrew; PO Box 5816; Boise, ID 83705.

For more information:

Region V Rep – Call for candidates

Important Date:  December 4, 2009

Dear Colleague,

You may be aware by now that I will be appointing a new Region V Representative to fulfill the term being vacated by Jonathan Webb. This is not an easy task, for as we all know, Jonathan’s shoes will be hard to fill. If you are interested in being considered for the position of Region V Representative, please send RID Secretary, Kelly Flores, an email letter of interest and your resume by December 4th.

The appointed term will start January 7, 2010 and run through June 2010. There will be a RID Regional Representatives election during the spring of 2010. The appointed Representative will be encouraged to run in the 2010 election to continue his/her board service if (s)he desires.

The RID Board of Directors will vote on the appointment, however, I plan to hold interviews with interested candidates during the week of December 7th and will ask for feedback from the Region V Presidents Council as well. Candidates for appointment will also be invited to attend the December 10th board meeting conference call (6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Eastern) as visitors. Jonathan has offered to be available for questions at any time during the transition.

Please share this information with colleagues you think are qualified and interested in serving on the national board of directors. I would be happy to personally meet via phone with anyone who has additional questions on the responsibilities and commitments, 847-888-0787 home, 866-948-8909 VP, or 224-402-0787 cell. The Regional Representatives’ duties from the RID Bylaws are included at the end of this email.

Jonathan and I are committed to ensuring a smooth transition for the board and for Region V.


Cheryl Moose CI & CT
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

President’s Council Raises Member Concerns About Inconsistent NIC Ratings

Text of the letter submitted by the President’s Council expressing member concerns over seemingly inconsistently NIC ratings.

October 21, 2009

To Mr. Clay Nettles, Ms. Phara Rodrigue, Ms. Cheryl Moose, NIC Task Force, Certification Council, and Board of Directors of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf:

We, the RID Region V Presidents’ Council, as the elected representatives for our collective regional membership, bring before the National RID Leadership a matter of utmost importance that warrants your immediate consideration. Over the past several months, our members have shared with us their concerns regarding inconsistencies in the NIC Certification ratings. We discussed these concerns as a group of leaders and decided to take action on behalf of Region V. We are aware that the Board of Directors has brought together a task force to begin investigating the test and certification process. We assume that suggestions and concerns outlined in this document will assist the task force and others in effectively evaluating where we currently stand and where we need to head.

In order to gather as much information as possible, we developed a survey and distributed it to our respective membership. The results of this survey reveal that public confidence in the NIC certification test has been shaken because of Inconsistencies in the skill level of interpreters and their corresponding NIC certification level.

There is further concern regarding the pass rate of the NIC. The NIC pass rate for the period ending August 2008 was 44%. The NIC pass rate as of July 2009 was 81%. In one year the pass rate almost doubled. We find this exponential increase in the percentage of the pass rate to be alarming in comparison to the pass rate of the CI/CT tests. In 2000 the pass/fail rate of the CI/CT was 64.4 & 57.7, respectively and in 2001 the rate was 63.3 & 50.3. With an unprecedented pass rate of 81%, the validity and reliability of the NIC test comes into question. Additionally, these numbers are alarming because of the nature of the test. Though we understand the CI/CT tests and the NIC are not truly comparable, the NIC ideally is testing both skill sets (transliterating and interpreting), which conceivably would make it a more difficult test than the CI and CT.

We ask you, the RID Board of Directors, National Office, NIC Task-Force, and the Certification Council to carefully consider the important responses in this survey. In light of the seriousness of our members’ concerns, we ask you to urgently consider these possible courses of action as suggested by our members:

  1. Re-evaluate & change the criteria and tested content for the system

Although it has been repeatedly explained that the test is valid and reliable, we feel there is more work to do here. The test may certainly have inter-rater reliability, but the reliability between the years, as stated above, is appalling.

Additionally, we understand the test is considered valid. However, validity is based on content and we suggest that a large segment of both our field and the Deaf Community would argue that the content upon which the validity may be based may not truly reflect what our field and the Deaf Community needs. This is indicated by the testing prep workshops that took place during National Conference; interpreters are not receiving training on language and interpreting processes, nor are they receiving training in ethical decision-making. The training is geared towards knowing how to answer a set of ethical questions. By our estimation, the test content is based on ability to follow an algorithm of how an ethical dilemma is approached, not if it is approached correctly. Interpreters more and more are not engaging in skill-based preparation or practicing the application of the Code of Conduct to ethical dilemmas, but are taking workshops on how to formulate an answer in the interview- and then receiving “master” status.

2. Change the rating system to pass/fail

Though the membership seemed to initially be in favor of a tiered system, it is proving to not serve us or the Deaf Community as we had all envisioned. We need to determine if we truly have a system that screens for minimum competency, or something other than that. It seems inherently contradictory if we have a minimum competency exam, with levels. If the test is no longer ascertaining entry-level skill set, then we need to be told that. Additionally, the exam levels seem to create more of the alphabet-soup credentialing issues we deal with in our field, thereby making it difficult for hiring entities to know who or what they are getting in terms of service. As seen over the last couple of years with the NIC, words such as “advanced” and “master” are subjective adjectives that hold different meaning for different groups of people.

We invite you to test the reliability of our survey findings by replicating this survey and disseminating it to the membership at large. We anticipate you will find similar results and concerns across the nation.

As one member stated in the NIC Rating Survey: “I would like to see the Board listen to the members of the organization. If RID is a member driven, member-led organization, then the RID Leadership needs to listen to the members more carefully and make the changes that the MEMBERS suggest.” We, the Region V Presidents’ Council, wish to thank you for your urgent and careful consideration of our members’ concerns. We offer our support and help in working to address the concerns presented to us. Please contact us with any concerns or questions regarding the survey and let us know of anyway in which we can further support you in addressing these concerns.

The Region V Presidents’ Council

Gayle Hadley, Alaska
Robin Dragoo, Arizona
Susan Conway, Central CA RID
Greg Haretos, Northern CA RID
Alexis McMannis, Sacramento Valley RID
Rick La Bar, San Diego County RID
Robin Taylor, Southern CA RID
Jenny Blake, Hawaii
LaVona Andrew, Idaho
Kim Holloway, Nevada
Jan Humphrey, Washington State RID
LeeElle Jex Tullis, Region V Secretary

Region V Communication Policy

During the 2008 RID Region V Conference in Sacramento California, this was one of the motions that was heard and passed.

Motion C08:02
We move to amend the RID Region V Conference communication policy to reflect the organization’s philosophy of diversity and inclusion by using direct communication in our shared language of ASL.

Loriel Dutton/LeeElle Tullis-PASSED
1. To create an environment that demonstrates respect and access via a common language.
2. To promote a bilingual philosophy of communication within our region.
3. To encourage fiscal responsibility by using monies towards greater member benefit (eg. Onsite testing, registration/travel stipend, larger facilities, etc).
4. To foster greater collaboration between RID and the Deaf Community to create a space for dialog.
5. Increase exposure to and use of academic ASL.
6. To decrease communication via a 3rd party.
7. To enhance the use and comprehension of ASL discourse among the membership.
8. To engender a heightened interest from Deaf leaders, consumers, linguists, professionals, interpreters, teachers, and researchers, to feel more welcome in sharing their knowledge base with the membership.
This “communication policy” will be in effect for the RID Region V 2010 Conference in Salt Lake City. With the RID Board of Directors’ decision to use ASL through the entirety of the 2009 Conference, the Region V Representative, the 2010 Conference Co-Chairs, and the Region V Presidents Council have decided to clarify how the motion will be put into place.
We will accomplish this with three goals in mind:
1) Provide educational opportunities in our shared language of ASL, affording direct communication amongst conference participants.
2) Provide networking opportunities in our shared language of ASL, affording direct communication amongst conference participants.
3) Provide association related business opportunities in our shared language of ASL, affording direct communication amongst conference participants.
To accomplish these goals, we will provide entertainment that is visual in nature, and uses our shared language of ASL. The Membership Meeting (formerly known as the business meeting) will be conducted in ASL. And, the Program Selection Committee will work on soliciting high quality workshops and presentations with more presentersoffering educational opportunities in our shared language of ASL than in any past Region V conference.
You might then ask, what definition are we using for “ASL”? We are referring to ASL as the language used by D/deaf people throughout the United States that naturally contains a wide range of variation and dialects- from language that is highly visual/space-reliant, to language which is highly linear-reliant. Individuals can reference for more information on this philosophy.
Now, for those interested, a little background. The intention of the motion is inclusion. Historically, RID conferences have been held with most presenters choosing to share their knowledge via spoken English. Likewise, entertainment, keynotes, business meetings have all traditionally been conducted in spoken English. By doing so, colleagues who are D/deaf are made to access all information via an interpreter/transliterator. As we all know, interpretations/transliterations, regardless of the skill of the interpreter/transliterator are products of filtered communication. No interpretation/transliteration is perfect, and we have consistently put some of our colleagues at a disadvantage by relying on an interpreted/transliterated message, as opposed to receiving direct communication and education from the actual source. RID promotes a diverse environment and profession, and states such through the RID
Diversity Statement.
RID Diversity Statement: To actively foster an inclusive environment in which the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) embraces diversity as an integral part of the association. RID is committed to establishing and maintaining a diverse, accessible, civil and supportive environment that adheres to RID’s philosophy, mission and goals. RID is committed to providing growth opportunities that allow members to reach their full potential and maximize member value. RID pledges to seek partners who share our philosophy and commitment to upholding high standards of diversity within the association.
We understand that increasing inclusion for others will at times be perceived as limiting inclusion or participation for others. We understand that when we attempt to provide equal access, that at times we can swing too far in the opposite direction. Knowing this, the Conference Co-Chairs, the Presidents Council, and the Region V Representative are attempting to promote a conference that supports everyone in accessing conference events and activities.
We recognize that this approach to conference inclusivity proves to be both an amazing challenge and benefit to interpreting and transliterating students. While challenging for a student to access information through academic ASL, this proves a wonderful opportunity to study and observe language, communication, use of register and many other linguistic components that are requisite to understand and use in order to be a competent interpreter/transliterator. We encourage students to approach this conference with a willingness to fumble through in order to learn. Our field has a rich tradition of understanding that through immersion in seemingly uncomfortable situations where we often miss information, is birthed the interpreter who really gets what this field is all about.
We also understand that individuals have varied learning styles, and that some do not access information as easily through their second language. We understand that this is a valid point, and that there are no easy answers. We will encourage presenters to remember that their audience will be a compilation of both hearing and deaf individuals and to present in a way that allows individuals to maximize their learning, while doing so through direct communication.
This all said, the conference will also ensure that events such as the PMGD (Philosophy, Mission, Goal, and Diversity Statements) forum, the work of the SCBRTF (The Strategic Challenges and Bylaws Review Task Force), and the Membership Meeting will be accessible through English, either through voiced interpretation (likely closed-circuit through an FM) or through captioning services. There will also be a system in place that will assist individuals in determining which presentations will be most accessible for their individual needs.
We ask for everyone’s support in this. Some of the most important things we can do are not the easiest things we can do. But by doing them and living up to our commitments, they eventually become part of our nature- part of who we truly are.
Jonathan Webb, RID Region V Representative
Holly Nelson & Jennifer Harvey, Region V 2010 Conference Co-Chairs
Region V Presidents Council