CDI – Deaf Ecosystem Spotlight – Convo

Who really benefits from using a Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI)?

Let’s learn from a well-seasoned CDI, Ritchie Bryant!

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Transcript with Image Descriptions-

Ritchie, a man with glasses and orange button shirt against a gray background. Graphics of “WHO USES CDI?” shows up on the screen then screen freezes with graphics of “YOU!”

Image Description – A picture of Ritchie presenting in a green shirt with his video projected in the background with graphics of “BUT FIRST, WHAT IS CDI?”.

Ritchie: “What does CDI mean? Certified Deaf Interpreter/Deaf Interpreter. CDI/DI.”

Image Description – A picture of Ritchie in green shirt smiling at the camera “THIS IS RITCHIE” with a series of different pictures of him doing CDI work. The second picture of Ritchie in orange shirt has the graphics of “CERTIFIED DEAF INTERPRETER 10+ YEARS.” Then “RITCHIE BRYANT CERTIFIED DEAF INTERPRETER” in black and white.

Image Description – Picture of Ritchie interpreting with graphics “HOW DOES IT BENEFIT YOU?”. Then a picture behind an interpreter with students watching in class against a blue background. Graphics of “EASY ON THE EYES” shows.

Ritchie: “ Even if a person is confident with English, they still should get a CDI anyway because we can transform the information to let you focus on the content and visualize easily!”

Image Description – A picture of an interpreter in a courtroom with graphics showing “MORE EFFICIENT”

Ritchie: “In the courtroom, you may be stressed with overload of information and not being sure, which means more misunderstandings. It’s better to get a CDI to do the work for you to present the information where you can visualize. Which means misunderstandings and possible mistakes will be reduced.”

Image description – A picture of CDI in hospital with patient in bed and doctor watching. Graphics show “CULTURALLY INTUITIVE”.

Ritchie: “Suppose you are brought into the hospital in so much pain and on medication, you are under the influence of the medicine and not 100% aware. The CDI will work with you to catch your message to make it coherent. So the voice interpreter can voice for you clearly.”

Image description – A picture of CDI in with student watching during a meeting. Graphics show “EMPOWERS YOU”.

Ritchie: “During IEP meetings with many people involved and the deaf child sees everyone talking and is overwhelmed. A CDI will present the information to the child with important points so the child can advocate for themselves. Then the CDI facilitates the child’s voice so the child can be involved in the process.”

Ritchie: “CDI is for those certain people. Really, no…” Then graphics of “WE ALL BENEFIT FROM CDI/DI”.

Image/Video Description: RITCHIE BRYANT CERTIFIED DEAF INTERPRETER pops up and video scrolls down to show Convo’s Deaf Ecosystem Directory on a phone. Then a finger presses the Ecosystem Maps to show the map of the US with different pins dropped. Then the finger presses the home button on the phone to show the Convo app icon. Phone slides out from the bottom of the screen and switches to a white background with the black text of “DEAF ECOSYSTEM IN YOUR POCKET”. Next image pops up is a green background with Convo logo in the middle with a smaller set of text: “Partnership with The Daily Moth logo” popping up in the bottom.

Image Credits:

Image of Ritchie presenting in green shirt and headshot-

Image 2 and 3 of Ritchie working – given by Ritchie himself

Image 4 of Ritchie interpreting at Black Lives Matter protest – Summer Crider of The Giving Cypress, LLC (

Image 5 of Ritchie interpreting – Ruth Reed

Image 9 of interpreter with student during IEP meeting –

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