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Coda - RID - what happend with DPMAL?

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With a recent vote the DPMAL did not pass by 5 votes to get the majority.  Around 800 voted for and 400 voted against. 1200 votes out of 15,000 members.

Chelly Harrison, a coda and certified RID member talks about the issue.

About Chelly -


I'm a RID certified interpreter with 20 years of experience.  I am a freelance interpreter in Alaska and Seattle.  I also am a Video Interpreter for the past 8 years.  I started my career in Kansas City and moved to Alaska in 2000.  I'm a proud CODA.  I'm married with twin 9 year old sons.  

I support DPMAL.  I feel the board should represent all involved in our profession.  RID and NAD have worked together and have representation on the RID Board.  The deaf community should have been represented many years before.  We as CODAs have our own perspectives and knowledge that should be represented on the board.  Being a CODA does not automatically make an interpreter and we have worked along side our hearing peers to improve the field of sign language interpreting.  We have many gifts and knowledge that could be a great benefit to the RID board.