CDI stands for Certified Deaf Interpreter. CDIs specialize in visual language.
They are an integral part of the communication team when a deaf person may have limited ability to understand American Sign Language receptively or to produce ASL expressively.
This limited language may be due to a physical or cognitive disability or because they are a Deaf immigrant.
A CDI WOULD TEAM WITH A HEARING ASL INTERPRETER IN ORDER TO TRANSLATE THE MESSAGE ACCURATELY TO THE SPECIALIZED NEEDS OF THE DEAF CLIENT.
The referral staff at ASLIS can help you decide if a CDI is needed for a particular assignment. ASLIS works with several independent contractor CDIs.