History

The Ohio Chapter of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (OCRID) is an affiliate chapter of the profession’s national organization, the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID). RID’s affiliate chapters are organized into five geographical regions, with OCRID belonging to Region III. We hope that OCRID and RID will be sources of information for you and that membership in both organizations will benefit you. If you have any questions about becoming an interpreter, continuing your education as an interpreter, or hiring an interpreter, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The mission of OCRID is to foster relationships which further the profession by providing opportunities for growth through development and support.

OCRID was first founded in 1968 as the Ohio Chapter of Interpreters for the Deaf by Russell Moore, a Deaf man from Akron, OH. At that time, OCRID boasted approximately 50 members; we have grown steadily over the years to a membership of approximately 300. OCRID became an affiliate chapter of RID in 1975, at which time our name was changed to the Ohio Chapter of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. We are proud to have a reputation for providing excellent workshops and conferences as well as to have been home to leaders in the field serving at the state, regional, and national levels, including several members who have served on the RID Board of Directors.