03 Sep NAD-RID Code of Professional Conduct
In an effort to provide full and equal communication and participation to members of the deaf community, the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) came together to produce a formal code of ethics known as the NAD-RID Code of Professional Conduct. Effective as of July 1, 2015, the NAD-RID code is considered a working document and while it provides principles and illustrates proper behavior, it requires that interpreters exercise their own judgement and employ critical thinking, with the ultimate notion being the interpreter will do no harm. The code of professional conduct is broken down into seven tenets, the first of which is confidentiality and is both highly valued and essential. Additional tenets defined in the code include professionalism, conduct, respect for consumers, respect for colleagues and business practices. The final tenet of the code is professional development, which demonstrates the working nature of this code and the never-ending mission of the NAD and RID to increase knowledge and skills in professional development.