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PCRID Orientation

Watch and read below to learn more about what PCRID is, what we stand for, what we aim to achieve, and how we're structured.


PCRID stands for the "Potomac Chapter of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf," and is an affiliate chapter of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID).

Our professional organization serves the sign language interpreter community of Maryland and the District of Columbia. PCRID is a registered non-profit organization in the state of Maryland.

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Our Mission

PCRID's mission statement aligns with the RID Mission StatementPCRID's mission is to support the continued growth and development of the sign language interpreting profession. 

PCRID is committed to advancing the quality, professionalism, and integrity of sign language interpreting in Maryland and the District of Columbia through education, information and advocacy.

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Our Goals

    The goals of PCRID are to initiate, sponsor, promote and execute policies and activities that further the profession of the sign language interpreter.

    PCRID offers workshops on diverse topics for a wide range of practitioners, including both Deaf and hearing interpreters.

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    Membership Structure

    Every PCRID member is expected to be a member of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. There are two categories of PCRID Members: Individual Members and Organizational Members. Individual PCRID Members consist of the following categories: Certified Members, Associate Members, Student Members, and Supporting Members.

    While PCRID maintains an annual membership of 400-600, PCRID has over email 1200 subscribers. Additionally, all current members are listed in the PCRID Member Directory, while organizational members are listed in the PCRID Organizational Member Directory.

    Membership Level Breakdown

    ➡ Certified Members

    Certified Members are PCRID Members who hold a nationally recognized certification and are RID and PCRID Members in good standing. 

    ➡ Supporting Members

    Supporting Members are current members of PCRID who are not interpreters, yet support the interpreting profession and interpreter community. 

    ➡ Student Members

    Student Members are people who are currently enrolled at an educational institution in an interpreter training/preparation program.

    ➡ Associate Members

    Associate Members are typically interpreters who have recently graduated from an ITP and/or not yet certified. PCRID Associate Members should be working toward interpreter certification.

    ➡ Organizational Members

    Organizational members show their support to the interpreting profession and interpreter community by being a PCRID Organizational MemberOrganizational Members are our local interpreter agencies and business, educational institutions, partner interpreter organizations, Deaf organizations, community organizations, and supporting organizations. 

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    PCRID Organization Structure

    The PCRID Board of Directors is made up of the Executive Committee -- the President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary -- and up to six additional board members.

    The Executive Committee has specific duties and responsibilities according to the state where the organization is registered. Board Members can choose to take on any area of interest in the sign language interpreting field that is deemed beneficial to the organization, membership, or the communities we serve.

    Chart outlining PCRID operational structure. Visual description follows.

    [Visual Description: An information graphic depicting PCRID's operational structure. The organization name and logo present at the top. The chart lists 10 Board Member positions housed under the Board of Directors. The first four positions are: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasure. The remaining 6 are blank. Each Board Member has a committe comprised of a Committee Chair and at least two other Committee Members. The first four Board Members make up the Executive Committee with the President as the Committee Chair].

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    Two categories within PCRID that have been identified as areas of need are: Professional Development and Member Relations. 

    Here are some examples of areas of interest that PCRID board members could take on: Mentorship, Community Liaison, Scholarships & Awards, Interpreter Licensing, Legislation, PCRID Website Design, and Social Media Communications. See descriptions for these posiitions and more on our Volunteer page. You can even volunteer on a temporary or project-based level.

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    Annual Conference

    Consistent with PCRID’s mission, goals, and intentions, PCRID holds an annual conference for its members and local interpreting communities.

    Learn more about The PCRID Annual Conference

    PCRID Bylaws

    View our Bylaws page to see our current set of bylaws.

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    Our History

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