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Upcoming events

    • 21 Apr 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Northern Virginia Community College 8333 Little River Turnpike Annandale, VA 22003

    NVCC and the VDOE Educational Interpreter Training Grant present...

    “What Did I Just Sign??? Analyzing Your Own ASL Product”

      Presented by Sabrina Smith, PhD

    .6 RID CEUs  

    When: Saturday, April 21, 2018

               9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Cost: VRID Members - $50.00

             Non-Members - $75.00

     VRID Students/Grant participants- Free

    Location: NVCC

             8333 Little River Turnpike Annandale, VA 22003

             Building CN, Room 230

             Parking is open in Lot B or garage

    Full information in attached flyer/registration: Due by April 16th!

    Registration Form HERE

    Workshop Information: 

    This workshop deals with understanding your own ASL product and how to identify areas that need improvement. The workshop will allow interpreters to practice expressive interpreting with a focus on affect and accuracy in the interpretation process. The goal is to increase the participant’s expressive skills by giving them hands on practice then allowing them to go back over their original product and look for areas that need improvement.

    The educational objective for this workshop is to teach the participants to be able to identify areas of weakness in their own product. In doing this they will be able to focus on those specific areas and improve on them. They will also learn how to understand the terminology that comes along with analyzing the interpreting process and how to apply it to feedback they get from test results.

    Presenter Biography: Sabrina T. Smith, PhD

    Sabrina Smith has been involved in the interpreting field for over 20 years. She is Nationally certified through RID: CI and CT, as well as NIC Master and Ed:K-12. She works as an educational interpreter and has been interpreting in the school system for over 17 years in elementary, middle and high school settings. She also works as a video relay interpreter with Sorenson Communications where she has been employed over 10 years. She enjoys encouraging interpreters of all levels and mentoring people across the United States. She works as a freelance interpreter, an instructor at local community colleges, and as a performing arts interpreter for theatre’s and concert venues in her area. She served as the Region II delegate for IEIS (Interpreters in Educational and Instructional Settings) from 2015-17. She has presented various workshops across the country, and also presented abroad in Peru helping to empower the Deaf community to seek interpreters for their children in mainstreamed schools. Feel free to contact her about mentoring, presenting, or just general questions about the field of interpreting at

    ADA Accommodations must be requested by March 13, 2017 contact Marla Pollack ( or Paula Debes ( for further information by April 16, 2018.


    "VRID is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for Continuing Education Activities.This Professional Studies program is offered for 0.6 CEUs at the Little/None Content Knowledge Level."

    • 28 Apr 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • VSDB 104 VSDB Dr. Staunton, VA 24401

    VSDB and the VDOE Educational Interpreter Training Grant present...

    Transitions & Grammar Review

      Presented by 


    .6 RID CEUs

    When: Saturday, April 28, 2018

               9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 

    Cost: VRID Members - $50.00

             Non-Members - $60.00

             VRID Students - $25.00

             VDOE Grant participants- Free

    Location: Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind: Chapel Hall 

    104 VSDB Drive, Staunton, VA 24401

      Full information in attached flyer: flyer April 28, 2018.docx

      Workshop Information: 

      Transitions in ASL-This morning activity will incorporate transitions in ASL.  Students do not always know how to incorporate transitions or know which transition means what, and when to use them. This workshop will review the purpose and when transitions are used. The afternoon activity will incorporate ASL grammar. While most do know how to use ASL grammar, this is a review to make sure that the students will be able to practice approximately 10 different ASL grammar rules as a refresher. Hands on practice will be provided during both parts of the day. This training will be conducted in American Sign Language.  Voice interpretation will not be provided

      Presenter Biography:

      Dr. Rhonda Jennings-Arey has twenty years of teaching experience at the K-12 level.  She worked at the Maryland Schools for the Deaf in both Frederick and Columbia before returning home to her alma mater, the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind in Staunton, Virginia.  Rhonda has taught in elementary, middle, and high school, specializing in English and American Sign Language for Deaf students, hearing students as a second language, and hearing faculty and staff.  At the post-secondary level, Rhonda was an adjunct professor at the Piedmont Virginia Community College and University of Virginia and has also taught at Blue Ridge Community College, Towson University, and McDaniel College. Currently, Rhonda is a professor at the University of Louisville.

      Rhonda Jennings-Arey has degrees in Deaf Education, Sign Language Education, Literacy Specialization, and Administration and Supervision. She recently obtained her doctorate degree in Post-Secondary and Adult Education. She is a National Board Certified teacher in adolescent and young adult language arts. She was the co-founder of VSDB’s ASL/English Bilingual Education Training program. She has an ASLTA certification at the qualified level and endorsement in ASL instruction through the state of Virginia. She is currently certified by RID as a Certified Deaf Interpreter where she works as a freelance interpreter for the state of Virginia. 

      To request accommodations or any other questions please contact Kathy Campbell ( or Tammy Fortune ( for further information.


      • 22 Jun 2018
      • 24 Jun 2018
      • 5700 Atlantic Avenue Virginia Beach, VA 23451

      2018 VRID Biennial Conference

      "Making Waves"

      June 22-24, 2018

      Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront

      5700 Atlantic Avenue

      Virginia Beach, VA 23451

      For more information, please view our 

      If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Carrie Garrison, Conference Chair,  or Grace Rupani, Professional Development Coordinator.

      CEUs: VRID is an approved RID CMP Sponsor for Continuing Education Activities. CEUs will be awarded for each workshop attended in its entirety.  No partial session CEUs will be awarded. Late arrivals will not receive CEUs.

      Cancellation Policy:  Cancellation/ refund requests must be submitted in writing to Tara Handy Palmer, VRID Treasurer.  Full refunds will be issued if written notice is provided to VRID at least four weeks prior to the event (May 25, 2018). Any Cancellations received between May 26-June 7, 2018 will receive a 50% refund.  No refunds will be issued within two weeks of the event start date (after June 8, 2018). 

      Reasonable accommodations:VRID is firmly committed to providing equal access for all events and materials.  We ask that all requests be received no later than ten (10) days prior to the event, however, VRID will try to honor all requests received. Reasonable accommodations can be requested on the registration form or by contacting Tara Handy Palmer.

    Past events

    18 Apr 2018 "The Silent Child" Screening hosted by Reynolds' ASL Club
    14 Apr 2018 Building Relationships and Understanding Ethics in Educational Interpreting by Sabrina Smith
    14 Apr 2018 FRID Webinar: Educational Interpreter Ethics: Don't Get Stuck in the DO++ DO++
    06 Apr 2018 NCRID: Interpreting in a Civil Courtroom Setting: A Mock Trial Experience
    10 Mar 2018 VSDB and VDOE Presents: How Do You Pronounce That?
    03 Mar 2018 Terrific Teaming presented by Tammy Fortune
    22 Jan 2018 NCRTM presents: Behavioral Health Interpreting: Specialty Training for Building New Competences
    29 Jul 2017 Deliberate Practice with Wink Smith
    27 Jul 2017 Trix Bruce in Fairfax, VA - 2.4 CEUs available!
    20 Jul 2017 RID 2017 LEAD Together Conference
    24 Jun 2017 Interpreting Jury Instructions, Plea Forms & Protection from Abuse Hearings: Oh My!
    23 Jun 2017 Working Smarter Together presented by Miako Villanueva
    02 Jun 2017 MSRID State Conference
    18 May 2017 Signing Naturally: Units 7-12 Teacher Training
    13 May 2017 Kids are Consumers, Too!
    24 Apr 2017 An Evening with Sean Berdy
    21 Apr 2017 Street Leverage LIVE
    01 Apr 2017 GaRID: Advanced Medical Interpreting
    01 Apr 2017 Facing Fingerspelling Phobia
    18 Mar 2017 ASL: Semantics Practice!
    04 Feb 2017 How do I do this right?
    28 Jan 2017 Interpreting in Time & Space: by Paula Debes
    17 Dec 2016 Fostering an Interpreting Community of Practice presented by Carrie N.H. Humphrey
    03 Dec 2016 TCSI Presents: Foundations of Court Interpreting Part 1
    12 Nov 2016 Wholly holy or holey? Interpreting in Spiritual Settings
    11 Nov 2016 GaRID 2016 Conference
    04 Nov 2016 TRID Workshops with Bill Ross
    22 Oct 2016 Form and Meaning: What's the Difference?
    22 Oct 2016 Building Relationships and Understanding in Educational Interpreting
    20 Oct 2016 2016 Minnesota RID Fall Conference
    08 Oct 2016 Affect: The Effect of Effective Affect
    01 Oct 2016 Do I Need a CDI?: The Pros and Cons of Teaming with CDIs
    29 Sep 2016 Why Being a Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI) is Important to Me and Our Community
    23 Sep 2016 Liturgical Interpreting: Making the Sacred Accessible to the Deaf Community
    04 Aug 2016 RID Region II Conference
    24 Jun 2016 2016 VRID Conference - Attendee Registration
    09 Apr 2016 Steps to Set-Up, Safeguard, and SWaM Your Business
    08 Apr 2016 Federal Interpreter Training on the Middle East
    12 Mar 2016 Performing Arts Techniques for Everyday Interpreting
    27 Feb 2016 Educational Interpreting: What’s Linguistics got to do with it?
    13 Feb 2016 Interpreting for Deaf People with Atypical Cognition
    06 Feb 2016 Keystones of Profession Confidentiality and Autonomy
    06 Feb 2016 Word Perfect? Transliterating for Educational Interpreters
    09 Jan 2016 The Blurred Lines of Educational Interpreting
    05 Dec 2015 What the @$#! Did You Just Say?!?
    14 Nov 2015 It's a Touchy Subject
    17 Oct 2015 Empowerment Through Touch: Touch Signals Workshop
    26 Sep 2015 Self Care for Interpreters
    11 Aug 2015 2015 RID National Conference
    27 Jun 2015 Interpreting for Deaf-Blind Individuals
    01 Nov 2014 Conquering Fingerspelling Fears
    25 Oct 2014 VDOE Grant Workshop - How Do I Interpret That?!? Interpreting high-imagery text, Fairy Tales, fables, short poems and descriptive texts into ASL
    18 Oct 2014 VDOE Grant Workshop - It's a Touchy Subject
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