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  • 01 Jun 2022 4:58 PM | Shannon Morrison (Administrator)


    • RID NIC Performance Exam officially retired
    • Time to renew RID/PCRID Memberships (deadline: 6/30/22)
    • Dual membership requirement
    • New RID Professional Development Policy FAQ page
    • Upcoming Family Fun Day and other professional development opportunities
    • Happy Pride Month!

    [Video Description: Shannon stands outside in front of her house signing into the camera. She’s wearing a greent t-shirt, glasses, hoop earrings and her natural shoulder-length hair. She stands in front of her green house and a window while the sun is shining.]


    • CASLI Exam Update:
    • RID PD FAQs:


    Hi! I'm back with updates for you, our PCRID membership! If you don't know who I am, my name is Shannon Morrison and I'm the PCRID Special Projects Coordinator. I've been in this position for about the last 1.5-2 years. In this post, I'll recap somethings that happened last month (May) and share some upcoming news/events.

    In last month's "April Update" (, I mentioned that RID would be retiring the NIC [hearing interpreter] Performance Exam with May 17, 2022 being the last eligible day to take the exam. Moving forward, CASLI has developed a written and performance exam [for hearing interpreters], however, they have not yet announced the release date for their new performance exam. Please stay tuned for further information regarding the release date; I've also linked a CASLI press release about the updates somewhere in this post (above, below, to the side..wherever *smile*).

    It's that time of year again! It's time to renew your RID and PCRID memberships for the year. Understand that according to the [RID] bylaws and for legal reasons, you MUST be a member of RID. If you wanted to vote and are eligible to vote in PCRID-related things, you must ALSO be a member of RID. The level of membership you must hold with RID, however, is not exact. You could be a student, associate, or certified member of RID in addition to being an active member of PCRID. Again, this is for voting purposes. For example, if you wanted to vote for PCRID President or VP or vote in favor/against [PCRID] bylaws changes/make a motion, you must simulatenously be an RID member [of any level]. That rule is a legal one so please tell all your friends to renew their memberships!

    You may have seen or heard people talking about the new RID policy regarding professional development. In summary, the policy states you cannot participate in multiple simulaneous professional development events and earn CEUs for participating in those events. That policy was recently passed by RID. There are exceptions, such as if you're enrolled in a 16-week course and happen to take a 2-hr workshop while enrolled in your 16-week course. That would NOT violate the new PD policy. RID has created an FAQ document/page to address this and other common situational exemptions they've been asked about by interpreters. I've linked that FAQ document here (somewhere) in this post.

    Jumping back a second to Dual Membership for PCRID and RID, the renewal deadlines for both organizations is June 30, 2022 and that renewal is good for one year so you won't have to renew again until 2023!

    Last year, PCRID in collaboration with NAOBI-DC hosted a Family Fun Day at a local park where everyone gathered to talk, play games, eat, and catch up. We want to host another in-person gathering this year but we want to include even MORE local organizations. We're currently in the planning phase with those organizations to host Family Fun Day 2022 so stay tuned as we release more information in the coming weeks.

    In addition to the upcoming Family Fun Day, our team is working on several professional development opportunities for you. They're currently getting all the details together so we'll share more with you when they're ready to share an update.

    And lastly, HAPPY PRIDE MONTH! June is Pride month and we want to recognize all the amazing interpreters who are a part of the LGBTQA+ community. Thank you for all you do and for being a part of our interpreting community. Happy PRIDE!

  • 29 Apr 2022 9:30 AM | Shannon Morrison (Administrator)

    [Video Description: Shannon stands outside in front of her house signing into the camera. She’s wearing a gray sweater, glasses, and her natural shoulder-length hair. She stands in front of her green house and a window while the sun is shining.]


    - CASLI Exam Update:

    - MDIL website:


    Hi, I’m Shannon Morrison with PCRID as the Special Project Coordinator. Today I wanted to share with you some news and updates relevant to our communities and to you our membership.

    Of the three announcements, our first is related to CASLI and the interpreter certification exam. You may have already seen, but CASLI will soon be retiring the “old” NIC performance exam for hearing interpreters. Meaning as of May 18, 2022, CASLI will no longer be offering the RID-developed NIC performance exam and will begin offering the new CASLI-developed certification performance exam. To clarify, CASLI has not announced the exact date the new exam will be released but has stated the new exam will be offered “some time after the RID exam is retired on May 18th”. More information can be found on CASLI’s website at the link below where they have published a letter sharing more details.

    Next update is about MDIL–the Maryland Interpreter Licensure bill. The MDIL team has been working hard to pass interpreter licensure in the state of Maryland for a while. The bill did not pass during the recent legislative session but the MDIL team is committed to meeting with senators and political candidates to explain the bill and educate them on how the bill will affect deaf, hearing and interpreter communities. Over the summer, they will also host virtual and in-person town halls for deaf community members, interpreters and all stakeholders with the purpose of explaining the bill and its impacts on our working and everyday lives.

    Lastly, PCRID wants to congratulate all the soon-to-be interpreter training program graduates out there from CCBC, Gallaudet, NOVA and FCC. You’ve worked hard to get here and graduation is finally around the corner. Congratulations! PCRID recognizes you and wishes you all well wishes.

    Thanks and that’s all!

  • 01 Apr 2022 9:30 AM | Shannon Morrison (Administrator)

    As of April 2022, the Maryland Interpreter Licensure Bill (MDIL) has failed to be passed into law. The MDIL working group is working diligently to prepare resubmission during a future legislative session. For more information, visit

  • 15 Sep 2021 4:59 PM | Shannon Morrison (Administrator)

    Event: Talk to the MD Interpreter Licensure (MDIL) Committee and Ask your questions at their booth hosted at the Maryland Deaf Community Center (MDCC)

    Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021

    Time: 2-8 PM ET

  • 15 Sep 2021 4:53 PM | Shannon Morrison (Administrator)

    Save the date!

    Event: MD Interpreter Licensure (MDIL) Virtual Information Session

    Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2021

    Time:  7-8:30 PM ET

  • 02 Jul 2021 5:34 PM | Shannon Morrison (Administrator)

    PCRID Position Statement on RID Resignations

    Transcript follows visual descriptions.


    Antonio Burkett: Hello, colleagues and community members. I am Antonio Burkett, PCRID President. I am a hearing, sighted, Black male, wearing a black button-up shirt, purple tie, and gray suit jacket. I'm sitting in front of a solid gray background and I'm vlogging from Anacostan and Piscatawan land, now known as DC/MD.

    Shelby Abdilah: Hello my name is Shelby Abdilah, MDAD/PCRID Liaison. I am hearing, sighted, straight cis white woman with shoulder-length blond hair and black glasses, wearing a black long sleeved shirt with a blue background. I am here on Piscatawan land, now known as Gaithersburg, MD.

    Sherly Jacob: My name is Sherly Jacob, PCRID secretary. I am a hearing, sighted, Indian female, wearing a gray shirt and black blazer sitting in front of a blue background. I am here on Anacostan and Piscatawan land as well.

    Tricia Vazquez: Hello my name is Tricia Vazquez. My sign name is PIERCE your right ear twice. I’m your Community Org Liaison Co-Chair. I am a hearing, sighted, cis queer brown latina. I’m wearing thin silver framed glasses, a light orange lipstick, a black scoop neck T-shirt, black blazer, my hair is dark brown and goes to my ears with bangs. I have small gold hoops, and a septum hoop. I have two gold bracelets on my left hand and almond shaped pink acrylics. My background is a dark navy screen behind me. I’m vlogging from Tongva & Chumash lands, now known as Los Angeles, California.

    Shannon Morrison: Hello, my name is Shannon Morrison, Special Projects Coordinator. I am a queer, hearing, sighted, dark skin black woman wearing glasses, a black button-up and a gray blazer. My hair is pulled back into bantu knots and puff balls. I am sitting in front of a gray background. I am here on Susquehannock land known as Baltimore, MD.

    Monica Gallego: Hello my name is Monica Gallego, your community org liaison, cis white latina, with long brown and blond curly hair, i am wearing brown rimmed glasses and tree shaped earrings. I'm a white latina and I'm wearing a black v neck shirt. I have a smart watch on my left wrist and have pink nail polish on my nails. My background wall is grey. Same as my colleagues mentioned before me, I am vlogging from Anacostan and piscatawan land, now known as DC and MD.

    --- TRANSCRIPT ---

    PCRID acknowledges the events leading to RID board member resignations. PCRID does not condone the behaviors, comments, or attacks towards Deaf /hearing interpreters of color nor the acts that led to the resignation(s) of the most diverse RID board since its inception. PCRID does support people prioritizing their safety and wellness, and for this reason, stands with those Board members, many of whom are Black and Brown people.


    PCRID recognizes that audism has a huge holding in our national organization and that is not okay. In the spirit of intersectionality, PCRID condemns efforts to put audism and racism in any kind of competition. No one person can represent us all, so we must be intentional in how we look at identities. We cannot dismiss someone's experience nor expect them not to show up as their whole self in the work sphere or any aspect of their lives. It is those identities and experiences that make our field rich and make our work accessible to stakeholders of all communities.


    To ensure PCRID does not contribute to systems of oppression, we have outlined several efforts and actions.

    - Policies/Structure: We are reexamining our policies, procedures, and operational structure to prioritize the removal and prevention of audism, racism, and all forms of oppressive bias, both explicit and implicit. Furthermore, we are pursuing internal controls to ensure leaders and members are accountable for their actions and remarks within PCRID spaces. (This will include providing education and pathways for course correction for individuals who may not be aware of their own internal biases and the ramifications of which perpetuate harm and violence).

    - Internal Biases: We are examining our own internal biases so that we do not perpetuate horizontal violence that is pervasive in the interpreting field.

    - Special Emphasis Projects: Recruitment of individuals from marginalized communities in the educational realm and hosting community care chats to discuss matters at large and in a safe space.

    - Investment in the Future: We are investing in the future of the interpreting profession by sponsoring students and emerging practitioners from marginalized communities to attend the national RID conference and cross collaborating with other organizations to elevate the field and increase representation.

    PCRID challenges each of you to:

    1. do the work of unpacking, unlearning, and self-education;

    2. be proactive in dismantling systems of oppression;

    3. combat apathy and indifference;

    4. be more than a commenter;

    5. care for this field by holding one another accountable;

    6. remove toxicity and division; and

    7. make this field an equitable, just, and desirable profession.

    Future generations are watching and looking for positive leadership, community, and role models.

    Please do your part and let’s build a better tomorrow.

    - PCRID

  • 14 Jun 2021 5:39 PM | Shannon Morrison (Administrator)

    Community Care Chats

    --- TRANSCRIPT ---

    Hello everyone! My name is Monica Gallego and I am your Community org liaison with PCRID. I am a white hearing sighted cis latina and my pronouns are she/ella. I am wearing tortoise shell glasses, my hair is long, brown and curly. I am wearing a ¾ length sleeve magenta blouse and gold hoop earrings. My background wall is grey.

    Thank you to those who came to our PCRID Meet and Greet last month. It was great to see everyone, if only virtually. At the meet & greet we shared our vision for the upcoming community care chats. For those who didn't have an opportunity to be there we wanted to create this video to welcome you to join us!

    Tricia: Hi everyone! My name is Tricia Vazquez and I am your co-chair Community Org Liaison with PCRID. I am a brown skin hearing sighted cis latina and my pronouns are she/ella. I am wearing a black framed glasses, my hair is dark brown shoulder length hair with a black headband. I’m wearing silver hoops and black shirt. My background is navy blue screen. Happy to be in space with you.

    Monica: We are serving on the PCRID Board as Community Org Liaisons, there are many things we'd like to see improve in the interpreting field, one place we'd like is creating more spaces for healthy communication.

    Tricia: We've experienced a major shift in our communities, many of us working primarily in Virtual spaces. We recognize that community care is linked to our interpersonal relationships in the field and the challenges in our work. Challenges that often come from feeling unsupported. We wanted to further a dialogue about how to support each other better during this time. We recognize there are a lot of workshops out there about interpreting during COVID, those tend to be led by someone in a presenter style. Our goal as your facilitators is for this to be a group led discussion and centering your experiences.

    Monica: We will meet June 18th from 6:30-8:30 pm ET virtually, and it's important for us that y’all know that it is a confidential space, it will not be recorded and the hope is people will join the conversation to make our community healthier. Together we can explore what healthy means for us as interpreters. If you are interested in joining a discussion group to collectively brainstorm, join us by filling out the google form attached to this post. When you RSVP we will send you the zoom link, pls share with others that you feel might want to participate.

    --- END TRANSCRIPT ---

  • 01 May 2021 5:47 PM | Shannon Morrison (Administrator)

    Meet & Greet Luncheon


    A clean-shaven white male with gauged ears and long hair pulled back is wearing a green sweater and sitting in front of a solid blue backdrop.

    --- TRANSCRIPT ---

    Hello, everyone! My name is Lucas King and I am a new PCRID board member in the role of Member Relations. I’m excited to announce that next month on Saturday, May 15, PCRID will be hosting a virtual event to engage with our community members. We have a few new board members to introduce as well as updates and future plans to share with you all. Soon we will be sharing information on how to join the event so stay tuned. Remember, Saturday, May 15 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm. I will see you there!

  • 07 May 2020 6:28 PM | Shannon Morrison (Administrator)

    RID: Transition to Professional Organization Brief History and Rationale

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