Oregon DIs

Welcome to

Oregon Registry of

Interpreters for the Deaf

ORID is a community of volunteers striving to promote the socialization and professionalism of our interpreting community. Collectively, we empower local interpreters to continually advance our community, the profession, and its standards through a collaborative approach prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion. As an affiliate chapter of RID, we represent Oregon and Southwest Washington’s interpreters at the national level by initiating leadership at the local level.

Please join ORID in improving the interpreting community of Oregon by becoming a member, and actively participating in setting the organization’s agenda.

March 23, 2020

Critical Language Access during COVID-19

On March 23rd, 2020, the ORID Board reached out to elected officials who had not been providing qualified ASL interpreters during their press conferences, which is particularly detrimental in light of COVID-19. Multnomah Country has been the only group to respond. 
The Portland Mercury also did a write up regarding the letter and language access during this time. Read the article here.

February 21, 2020

Interpreter Appreciation Party

Come join ORID for our annual interpreting networking event!

Friday February 21st 6pm- 930pm at Louiza 

2808 NE MLK Jr. Blvd. Suite B Portland, OR 97212

We have a beautiful space for you to come and socialize with your colleagues! ORID will provide some snacks. ORID members will get a drink ticket for one free drink!

Due to limited space we ask that only those working as an interpreter, studying to be an interpreter or those retired from the profession attend! 

September 07, 2019

Summer Picnic - Sponsored by ORID

This 'aint your granny's kind of picnic, hunny!
We have reserved the:
Elephant House Picnic Shelter in Washington Park
1668-1818 SW Sherwood Blvd, Portland, OR 97205

- Interpreters + Families Welcome!
- Playground for children
- Lawn Games for us big kids
- 50/50 Raffle & Door Prizes
- Food Provided
- Wheelchair/Scooter accessible by paved walkways
- Insert any other reason you need to just be there!

If you aren't already a member of ORID, click here to join and become a member today! ------> https://www.orid.org/shop

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Calendar will be updated when events are scheduled ("post" pandemic)

Meet our 2020-2021 ORID Board 

See yourself here! We'd love you to join us on the board or a committee!


Position currently vacant

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Member At Large 1

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Member at Large 2
Member at Large 2

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ORID is working on educating the public about how to work with interpreters and how to best provide access to members of the Deaf community. Check out our member-driven priorities for 2019- 2020 here!

Once a month, ORID hosts get-togethers with interpreters in Portland, Salem, and Eugene. Not in those areas? Contact us to start one up in your area! We hope to see you there!


ORID hosts and partners with other organizations to host workshops on a wide range of topics. We plan workshops around the state so they are available to interpreters throughout Oregon and provide information about virtual on-demand options for professional development.

ORID is a fully volunteer-run organization. We have far more dreams and motivation than we can do with the few wonderful folks who are working now. Check out our committees page to see how your time, skills, and interests can best support the interpreting profession in Oregon!

We have sought to make this site accessible in terms of screen readers and more, but we are definitely still learning. If there is something we can change to make it more accessible, please let us know at vp@orid.org, and thank you for your patiences with our learning curve!