About Us

Mission Statement

“TSID is committed to promoting the profession of interpreters serving DDDBDHH (DeafDisabled, DeafBlind, Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing) and members of the community at large.”

History

On Nov. 16, 1963, 30 individuals from all over Texas established TSID. TSID was the first professional organization of interpreters in the nation, established for the purpose of developing and strengthening the profession of interpreting in Texas.

Purpose

The primary emphasis of TSID is the development, strengthening, and enhancement of a network of professional interpreters.

  • To promote the development and expansion of quality interpreting services available to persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing;
  • To encourage the recruitment and training of professionals in interpreting for persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing;
  • To promote the highest standards in interpreting for and communicating with persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing;
  • To train and encourage those interested in learning to communicate with persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing;
  • To offer a forum for professional interpreters for exchange of ideas, opinions, and information concerning interpreting;
  • To offer meetings whereby members can learn, upgrade skills, and participate in group activities;
  • To unitedly support legislative interests and concerns;
  • To utilize the InterpreTexan as the vehicle for dissemination and exchange of information; update of events; legislative and national information; special announcements; information regarding the happenings, workshops, meetings, etc. of the local chapters of TSID, and RID.