Always…this is what I strive for. I try to maintain a professional demeanor whenever I am discuss the interpreting profession, sign language, and the deaf community. Sometimes I know that it may come across as being unbending or snobby but I do not mean for that to happen.  I am passionate about making sure the language is not being portrayed in any way that the native users would find offensive.

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) along with the Registry of Interpreters of the Deaf (RID) have set up a set of tenets that interpreters follow.  Even though I am an educational interpreter, they still apply.  (Educational interpreters also have to adhere to state, district, and school policies)  Here are the tenets from RID:


  1. Interpreters adhere to standards of confidential communication.
  2. Interpreters possess the professional skills and knowledge required for the specific interpreting situation.
  3. Interpreters conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the specific interpreting situation.
  4. Interpreters demonstrate respect for consumers.
  5. Interpreters demonstrate respect for colleagues, interns, and students of the profession.
  6. Interpreters maintain ethical business practices.
  7. Interpreters engage in professional development.

Click here to access the full version of the NAD-RID Code of Professional Conduct

Click here to access EIPA Guidelines for Professional Conduct for Educational Interpreters

Recently, a situation came up that made me realize that I am more than an interpreter, I am an advocate of a community. After reviewing  my guiding principles (see above) I feel good about voicing my concerns.  Unfortunately, my voice was squashed and I feel horrible about it.  I can only do so much and that frustrates me. I hope that the party involved listens to my request and seeks advice from another reputable resource.