The National Association of Interpreters in Education promotes best practices and professional standards to ensure equitable access to education for deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind students.
The NAIE believes students who are deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind have the right to access the educational environment using professional interpreting services. NAIE, therefore, plays a critical role in supporting and advocating for interpreters in education by acknowledging and addressing the complex challenges of the work they do.
The NAIE also believes an interpreter working in an educational setting possesses specialized academic and professional credentials that include knowledge and skillsets for the educational environment. Interpreters must also adhere to a high standard of ethical practices and professional integrity, as well as, pursue excellence through professional development opportunities that continually enhance the quality of the services provided. NAIE values and respects the relationship between an interpreter, student, and members of the educational team and encourages collaboration to reach a common goal.
- Identify needed standards of practice within the field of educational interpreting.
- Create and publish the standards that are identified.
- Provide continuing education and professional skill development opportunities to enhance the quality of educational interpreting.
- Advocate and support collaboration between members, stakeholders, and other professional groups that work directly and indirectly with deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind students to ensure collective action.
- Advise stakeholders on appropriate administration of educational interpreting services including specialized qualifications (e.g. deafblind students).
- Educate the public about the role and contributions of interpreters in education.