National Task Force on Deaf-Blind Interpreting
The National Task Force on Deaf-Blind Interpreting (NTFDBI) is a collaboration among the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID), the American Association of the Deaf-Blind (AADB) and the National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers (NCIEC). Other member organizations are the Conference of Interpreter Trainers (CIT), the National Alliance of Black Interpreters (NAOBI) and the National Family Association of the Deaf-Blind (NFADB).
Its mission is to establish a standard of effective practice to ensure the quality and availability of interpreters for deaf-blind people.
The NTFDBI sends out periodic announcements of training opportunities, conferences and new resources. To be added to the list, send an E-mail to:
Several resources have been produced by the NTFDBI and are available via the links below:
Produced in conjunction with DB-LINK, part of the National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness, this is a comprehensive listing of books, articles and videos on topics including: interpreting, research and theory, communication, Support Service Providers, culture and community, advocacy and rights, and more.
- Deaf-Blind Interpreting: Many Paths on the Road
This article lists many ways for interpreters to become more involved with the deaf-blind community and develop their skills in interpreting with deaf-blind people.
- Curriculum Guide for Infusing Deaf-Blind Interpreting into an Interpreter Education Program
This guide helps interpreter educators readily access instructional materials related to teaching deaf-blind interpreting skills that can be incorporated into any curriculum and lists where to obtain materials.
Photo credits: Left - Photo courtesy of Able Australia Center - Photo courtesy of the Department of Specialized Education Services, UNCG Right - Photo courtesy of the White House