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    • 13 Jun 2020
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    • 21 Nov 2020
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    June-November, 2020

    Online through Zoom

    Schedule HERE


    The Virginia Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf is excited to host the 2020 ASL Interpreter Conference and we look forward to see you!

    We are excited to work with Deaf interpreter candidates in completing the 40 hours of training to satisfy testing requirements.  

    Through streaming workshops June to November, we are providing the opportunity for 6.0 CEUs!



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    • 10 Aug 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
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    VDOE Regions 1, 3 & 8 Educational Interpreter Grant

    in conjunction with VRID present

    Town Hall Meeting: Standardized Testing

                    Sabrina Smith, Ph.D. CI/CT, NIC: Master, Ed: K-12

    Date:  August 10, 2020

    Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

    0.6 RID CEUs Sponsored by VRID (Pending)

    Location:  Online using Zoom

     

     

    Workshop Description This workshop is discussion based. Interpreters will join the Town Hall Meeting and discuss conflict resolutions related to standardized tests.  Interpreting standardize tests are challenging. There is always a concern that too much information will be given in the interpretation which could possibly cause an irregularity in the outcome of the test. This workshop will take a look at how much is too much. Interpreters will participate in discussions and share ideas and approaches to interpreting these tests. The workshop allows interpreters to discuss the challenges of interpreting in a safe environment where they will be able to work on actual tests and practice their interpretations.

     Sabrina Smith, PhD, 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 19 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 13 years. She enjoys encouraging interpreters of all levels and mentoring people across the United States. She works as a freelance interpreter, 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 as well as teaching interpreters how to improve their expressive skills. Feel free to contact her about mentoring, presenting, or just general questions about the field of interpreting at sabrinatempie.wixsite.com/aslterp

    Grant participants should contact Sandra Blue, sandrablue2@gmail.com for the training code.  VRID is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for Continuing Education Activities. This Professional Studies program is offered for 0.6 CEUs at the Some Content Knowledge Level.  If you have questions or require a reasonable accommodation for this event, please contact Sandra Blue.

                                       


    • 12 Aug 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom
    • 19
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    NVCC and the VDOE Educational Interpreter Training Grant provided by Marla Pollack present...


    "Building Relationships and Understanding Ethics in Educational Interpreting"

     Presented by Sabrina Smith, PhD

    .6 RID CEUs


    VIEW FLYER: 8.12.2020 flyer docx.docx


    When: Wednesday, August 12, 2020

               9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Cost: VRID Members - $50.00

             Non-Members - $75.00

             NVCC Interpreting Students/Grant participants- Free


    Location: Zoom (After registration link will be sent)


    Workshop Information: 

    This workshop deals with ethics in interpreting and will focus specifically on educational interpreters. Interpreters will learn how to transition smoothly into a class making teachers feel less anxiety about having an adult in their classroom. The participants will learn techniques that help build a strong working relationship with other coworkers at the same time. Interpreters take a look at how their actions can interfere with the ability to get the respect they want. They learn to apply new techniques and approaches to get materials they need before the school year begins. 

    The role of the interpreter is discussed in depth as well as how to approach others about our role. The goal is to become empowered as professionals starting from the basics “Dressing for success” and leading you to some of our biggest challenges “Please do not interpret everything I say”.  Interpreters will devise techniques to educate the staff in the building about their roles as interpreters. Interpreters will also reflect on successful approaches as well as learn from the unsuccessful approaches that they have experienced in the past by sharing with their peers and having open discussions. 

    It not only deals with educational interpreting but it also helps prepare interpreters for National Certification testing. Interpreters will formulate ways to approach difficult scenarios by working from the Perceptions Model in order to practice applying ethics to the situations that may be faced in educational interpreting. It's a combination of lecture and hands on. Experiences are shared in this workshop and group discussions allow for peer feedback during the ethical practice segment.

    Presenter Biography: Sabrina 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 sabrinatempie.wixsite.com/aslterp 

    ADA Accommodations must be requested 10 days in advance, contact Paula Debes Reece (preece@nvcc.edu)

      

    "VRID is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for Continuing Education Activities.This Professional Studies program is offered for 0.6 CEUs at the Some Knowledge Level."


    • 15 Aug 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
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    Working with GLBTQI Consumers:

    Exploring the Interpreting Process Through a Social Justice Lens

    August 15, 2020 9a-12p Eastern

    Dr. Tamar Jackson Nelson

    Presented through ZOOM

    0.3 PPO CEUs


    Ever wonder if there is a sign for Intersex? The goal of this workshop is not merely to provide “Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, and/or Intersex (GLBTQI) 101” information. We provide a framework for evaluating our interpreting and professionalism as interpreters within marginalized communities. The focus is diversity, equity and inclusion in each interpreting scenario. This workshop shares research involving people who identify as Deaf, deaf or Hard-of-Hearing (D/HH) and GLBTQI. The focus is diversity in language and culture within the D/HH and GLBTQI communities. Participants will examine video clips of D/HH GLBTQI individuals, analyzing how vocabulary and language choices can impact interpreters (as well as consumer/clients) striving to produce dynamically equivalent and sensitive interpreting services. Participants will realize the possible impact of their language choice(s) when linked with personal identity. Activities will be utilized throughout the workshop to assist participants in gaining a broader understanding of marginalized identities through exploring how GLBTQI individuals are impacted by heteronormative culture. Through a social justice lens, we will explore cultural norms related to gender and sexual orientation, which will allow participants to better perceive the impact of privilege when working in the D/HH or other marginalized communities. All are welcome to attend!

    This workshop is presented in ASL

    Level of Participant’s Prior Knowledge of Topic: Little/None to Experienced Interpreters

    Target Audience: Working and student interpreters and stakeholders

    Presenter Bio

    Tamar Jackson Nelson, PhD, NIC Master, CI & CT, is an ASL Interpreter/Mentor/Educator who graduated from Gallaudet University’s doctoral program in Interpretation with a focus on pedagogy and research. Her research investigated the impact of preparation on interpretation. Dr. Nelson is proud to have been in the second cohort of graduates from this unique program. She has had the pleasure and privilege of teaching diverse interpreting courses in various postsecondary settings, including Gallaudet University, Saint Paul College, and Troy University and has presented on numerous topics, including interpreter omissions, processing time, medical interpreting, and LGBTQI consumers at conferences for the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, the National Association of the Deaf and the Conference of Interpreter Trainers. Dr. Nelson has worked as a mentor, educator, and community interpreter, including emergency on-call work and video relay service interpreting over the past twenty years in California, the Metro Washington DC Area and the Midwest. Currently, she lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota and provides interpreting services in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Dr. Nelson is dedicated to the development of the interpreting profession and to cultivating respect of the interpreting profession and the Deaf community among practitioners and consumers.

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    • 15 Aug 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
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    Tax Mistakes All ASL Interpreters Need to Avoid

    August 15, 2020 1p-4p Eastern

     Rosemary Bocian

    Presented through ZOOM

    0.3 CEUs


    Being a freelance interpreter requires more than just interpreting. Focus is so heavily placed on language and skill that the business side of the profession often falls through the cracks. Through engaging content and interactive activities, participants will learn how to avoid the most common tax mistakes that interpreters make. By becoming tax savvy freelancers, interpreters can transform their business practices and improve their current and future careers.

    This workshop is presented in ASL

    Level of Participant’s Prior Knowledge of Topic: Little/None to Experienced Interpreters

    Target Audience: Working and student interpreters and stakeholders

    Presenter Bio

    Rosemary Johnson, MA, NIC, has been a certified ASL freelance interpreter for 7 years. Rosemary received both her Bachelor’s in ASL Interpretation and Master’s in Deaf Studies: Culture from Gallaudet University. She also served four years on the executive board for PCRID (Potomac Chapter of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf). In 2017 she co-authored the book “The Interpreter’s Quick Guide to Self-Employment” which is currently being used by Interpreter Training Programs nationwide and sold on Amazon as well as at select Barnes & Nobles locations. As an interpreter, tax preparer, author and seasoned speaker, Rosemary presents the complex world of taxes in plain language so that freelance interpreters can thrive in the profession.

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    • 21 Aug 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • 12
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    VDOE Regions 1, 3 & 8 Educational Interpreter Grant

    in conjunction with VRID and JSRCC present

    Virtual Interpreting: How to Prepare and Deliver Effectively

                    Sabrina Smith, Ph.D. CI/CT, NIC: Master, Ed: K-12

    Date:  August 21, 2020

     Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

    0.6 RID CEUs Sponsored by VRID

    Location:  This is an online workshop using Zoom. 

     

     

    Workshop Description This workshop will focus on the changing role of the interpreter using a virtual format. With the changing world interpreters across the country have been forced to interpret online. This workshop will take a look at programs that have been successful in supporting interpreters. The challenge of teaming using virtual formats will also be discussed. The participants will have the opportunity to interpret material and practice how to record and download their products and make them shareable. Interpreters will also discuss the impact of virtual learning on the clients we serve. Some of the programs we will be using are Zoom, Google duo, QuickTime, and Loom. Others will be discussed as well.

     Sabrina Smith, PhD, 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 19 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 13 years. She enjoys encouraging interpreters of all levels and mentoring people across the United States. She works as a freelance interpreter, 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 as well as teaching interpreters how to improve their expressive skills. Feel free to contact her about mentoring, presenting, or just general questions about the field of interpreting at sabrinatempie.wixsite.com/aslterp

    Grant participants should contact Sandra Blue, sandrablue2@gmail.com for the training code.  VRID is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for Continuing Education Activities. This Professional Studies program is offered for 0.6 CEUs at the Some Content Knowledge Level.  If you have questions or require a reasonable accommodation for this event, please contact Sandra Blue or Carrie Humphrey  CHumphrey@reynolds.edu.


    • 29 Aug 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
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    NAD-RID Code of Professional Conduct for CDIs

    August 29, 2020 9a-4p Eastern

    Dr. Rhonda Jennings-Arey

    Presented through ZOOM

    0.6 CEUs


    This workshop will focus on what it means to be ethical for CDIs in the workplace, among co-workers, clients, etc. Presenter will use all tenets from RID CPC and go over each tenet. Participants will be given situations after introduction of the CPC and discuss why it is ethical or not. Participants will be able to identify all CPC tenets, and will be able to identify situations requiring appropriate responses. Participants will bring their knowledge of interpreting, various situations that they have experienced as client and as interpreter. Participants will discussion different situations so that they can become better interpreters or pass the knowledge written test.

    This workshop is presented in ASL

    Level of Participant’s Prior Knowledge of Topic: Little/None to Experienced Interpreters

    Target Audience: Deaf interpreters and Deaf interpreting students

    Presenter Bio

    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 is an adjunct at the J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, Gallaudet University, and Tidewater Community College. She has also taught at Blue Ridge Community College, Towson University, Radford University, Piedmont Virginia Community College, University of Virginia, University of Louisville, and McDaniel College. Dr. Jennings-Arey has degrees in Deaf Education, Sign Language Education, Literacy Specialization, and Administration and Supervision in 2016 from Capella University. She obtained her doctorate degree in Post-Secondary and Adult Education. She was 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 Master 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. She lives in Staunton, VA where she works full time as an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia.

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    • 29 Aug 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
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    No More Tears: Feedback Strategies That Work!

    August 29, 2020 9a-4p Eastern

    Sonja Smith

    Presented through ZOOM

    0.6 CEUs


    The most hated word in the interpreting profession is the “F” word—feedback.Your heart drops.You start thinking, “oh no...what did I do wrong?”But it doesn’t have to be that way!In fact, it shouldn’t be that way!

    This workshop focuses on both sides of the feedback dance.First we examine how we can improve our receptiveness towards feedback through clear expectations and boundaries and then we identify practical techniques for providing feedback starting from within.

    This workshop is presented in ASL

    Level of Participant’s Prior Knowledge of Topic: Little/None to Experienced Interpreters

    Target Audience: Working Interpreters

    Presenter Bio

    Sonja has been interpreting professionally for over 15 years. Until recently, she lived in Austin, Texas and worked in private practice, specializing in conference interpreting, legal interpreting, and interpreting from ASL to English. She holds BEI Master, BEI Court, and RID NIC certifications and is licensed as a standard level 3, medical/mental health endoresed, and legal endorsed in the state of Michigan. ​In 2016, Sonja obtained her Master's in Interpreting Studies with an emphasis in interpreter education. Using best andragogical practices to inform her teaching, she has developed many professional development opportunities. Her passions are encouraging ethical fitness, empowering interpreters as business owners, and improving ASL to English interpretation skills. Most importantly, she wants people to enjoy the learning process.

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    • 12 Sep 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
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    Processing Time and its Effects on Errors in Simultaneous Interpreting

    September 12, 2020 9a-12p Eastern

    Dr. Tamar Jackson Nelson

    Presented through ZOOM

    0.3 CEUs


    Participants will examine what processing time is in relation to interpreting and how comprehension, interpreter styles, interpreter approaches and other factors may impact processing time. Processing time impacts the dynamics of the interpreting situation as well as the interpretation. Participants will also gain insight during group discussions regarding research done by Gile, Barik, Cokley, and Napier about what types of errors or miscues may occur due to processing time. There will be specific dialogue related to processing time and interactive discourse. Ideas will be exchanged as to how processing time, dynamic equivalence and interactive discourse are all intertwined in the interpreting process. Lastly, participants will gain knowledge of the implication, for interpreters and/or interpreter educators, of processing time and its effect on errors in simultaneous interpretations. This will include questioning how to best learn and teach self-correction, utilization of team interpreters and more.

    This workshop is presented in ASL

    Level of Participant’s Prior Knowledge of Topic: Little/None to Experienced Interpreters

    Target Audience: Working and student interpreters 

    Presenter Bio

    Tamar Jackson Nelson, PhD, NIC Master, CI & CT, is an ASL Interpreter/Mentor/Educator who graduated from Gallaudet University’s doctoral program in Interpretation with a focus on pedagogy and research. Her research investigated the impact of preparation on interpretation. Dr. Nelson is proud to have been in the second cohort of graduates from this unique program. She has had the pleasure and privilege of teaching diverse interpreting courses in various postsecondary settings, including Gallaudet University, Saint Paul College, and Troy University and has presented on numerous topics, including interpreter omissions, processing time, medical interpreting, and LGBTQI consumers at conferences for the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, the National Association of the Deaf and the Conference of Interpreter Trainers. Dr. Nelson has worked as a mentor, educator, and community interpreter, including emergency on-call work and video relay service interpreting over the past twenty years in California, the Metro Washington DC Area and the Midwest. Currently, she lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota and provides interpreting services in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Dr. Nelson is dedicated to the development of the interpreting profession and to cultivating respect of the interpreting profession and the Deaf community among practitioners and consumers.

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    • 12 Sep 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
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    ASLegalese

    September 12, 2020 1p-4p Eastern

    Amber Farrelly, Esq.

    Presented through ZOOM

    0.3 CEUs Legal


    This workshop will be focused on understanding the meaning behind legal terminology and get to the heart of the concept. There are two kinds of legal vocabulary—1) words derived from the Latin, Greek, or French, which are often easy to recognize as being legalese, and 2) English words that are implicitly legalese, such as “consideration,” “information,” “motion,” and “brief.” Too often, we hear the Latin-root legal term and are lost at the meaning. When this happens, we often resort to fingerspelling the words or dropping it from the interpretation. Even more often, we hear legal words in English and interpret it according to the English, and not the legal meaning. In both instances, the meaning is lost and therefore not conveyed accurately to the Deaf individual.

    This workshop is presented in ASL

    Level of Participant’s Prior Knowledge of Topic: Little/None to Experienced Interpreters

    Target Audience: Working and student interpreters 

    Presenter Bio

    Amber D. Farrelly received her undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma at Norman and her Juris Doctorate degree from Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law with the highest distinction for her pro bono work. Amber began her legal career clerking for both defense teams in the Yogurt Shop Murders shortly after their reversals in 2007 until both cases were dismissed in 2009. She began practicing as a criminal defense attorney in 2009, and has worked with the Innocence Project, The Innocence Project of Texas, and the Texas Civil Rights Project. 

    Amber is licensed in and practices throughout the state of Texas and in the U.S. Western District. Amber specializes in Deaf clientele and is a court-certified interpreter in American Sign Language (ASL). Working with the Conviction Integrity Unit in Dallas County, she testified as an expert witness on ASL and Deaf culture in the Stephen Brodie exoneration case—the only Deaf person exonerated in the United States. She has consulted and testified on numerous cases involving Deaf individuals as an expert. 

    Amber is the former president and current parliamentarian of the Texas School for the Deaf Foundation Board. She is dedicated to and an advocate for the Deaf. 

    Amber received the Texas Society of Interpreters for the Deaf President’s Award in 2016. She was named Travis County Woman Lawyer of the Year for 2012. She has given numerous presentations and workshops on legal interpreting and Deaf rights. She has also been a guest on 48 Hours, America’s Most Wanted, Intersections Radio, and Legal Broadcast Network.

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    • 26 Sep 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
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    Rethinking Classifiers (Again): Dividing the parts and learning how to build them

    September 26, 2020 9a-12p Eastern

    Wink Smith, Jr.

    Presented through ZOOM

    0.3 CEUs


    There is a commonly held view that classifiers can be categorized into 8 or more types (e.g., semantic, element, body part). My own research led me to create a workshop called “Classifiers/Depicting Verbs Reduced to Three.” As my research has continued, I now see that those three - entity, tool, and tracing - can be further reduced to just a single type: entity classifiers.

    This workshop will briefly describe the traditional thinking and teaching of classifiers, then identifies redundancies and other problems with this typology. This is followed by an analysis of how individual classifier components are combined with conceptual content and construal in ASL. 

    This workshop is presented in ASL

    Level of Participant’s Prior Knowledge of Topic: Little/None to Experienced Interpreters

    Target Audience: Working and student interpreters 

    Presenter Bio

    Wink, MA, MBA, NIC Master, enjoys researching and creating various workshops that focus on skill building through deliberate practice, which he wrote about in the RID Views, Winter 2012 issue. Presenting workshops the last ten years at national conferences (NAD, RID, Silent Weekend) regional conferences (RID I, II, III, IV, V), state conferences, and local workshops across the nation has given Wink experiences to enhance applications for interpreters of all levels. Wink is widely noted for the comfortable atmosphere he creates and the passion he exudes. Currently Wink travels full time performing, presenting workshops, and managing Winkshop, Inc, through which he has developed a dozen training DVDs. Wink currently is working on his PhD in linguistics from Gallaudet University where he investigates the embodied motivations of depiction. (ASL: https://youtu.be/o4Pv0mAqETA)

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    • 26 Sep 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
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    RIP to ROI; Ethics in the age of Social Media

    September 26, 2020 1p-4p Eastern

    Dr. Tamar Jackson Nelson

    Presented through ZOOM

    0.3 CEUs


    This workshop is an in-depth analysis into the interpreting profession and the effects of social media on development and dissimulation of Sign Language/Interpreting, professional and community norms. Through real life examples and discussions participants learn about recent developments in technology and how the effects can be both positive and negative on the profession. Ethical decision making has changed, audience members will analyze current trends in the professions. Finally, participants will learn about themselves and how to separate the fictional land of social media from in person interactions.

    This workshop is presented in ASL

    Level of Participant’s Prior Knowledge of Topic: Little/None to Experienced Interpreters

    Target Audience: Working and student interpreters and stakeholders

    Presenter Bio

    Jenese brings a passion for service and equity between the D/deaf, D/deaf Blind, and Hard of Hearing communities and the general public. Born and raised in High Point North Carolina, Jenese learned American Sign Language at sixteen from the Deaf community. Jenese has earned both a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science degree in ASL/English interpreting as well as National Interpreter Certification from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. As an advocate for inclusion, Jenese has served the community as a state, and federal government employee; teaching workshops both domestically and abroad. Jenese has continued to serve the community as the former president of the National Alliance of Black Interpreters- DC chapter as well as current Chair to the Interpreters and Transliterates of Color membership section under the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. Jenese brings the dynamic of living in the south and the DC, MD, VA area, as well as being exposed to the practices of interpreting internationally to professionals and students of the profession.

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    • 10 Oct 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
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    Professionalism: It’s More Than Black Clothes

    October 10, 2020 9a-12p Eastern

    Amanda M. David

    Presented through ZOOM

    0.3 CEUs


    We often speak of Interpreting as a ‘profession’, and we as practitioners refer to ourselves as professionals….. but what, really, does that mean?? As interpreters, we are responsible for the future of our profession, as well as the perception of our own field by the world at large. This session will address the concept of professionalism and the various defining aspects that exist in our field. Participants will engage in discussions about best practices, the way we as practitioners can manifest professional behavior, and the different methods by which these concepts can be applied to our work.

    This workshop is presented in ASL

    Level of Participant’s Prior Knowledge of Topic: Little/None to Experienced Interpreters

    Target Audience: Working and student interpreters and stakeholders

    Presenter Bio

    Amanda is a native of southwest Louisiana. After graduating from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA, she completed coursework in the Interpreter Training Programs at Collin County Community College in Plano, TX and Houston Community College, and earned a MA in Interpreting Studies and Communication Equity from St. Catherine University. She is certified on State and National levels in both generalist and medical interpreting, and she specializes in conference interpreting, scientific/technical interpreting, and interpreting for d/Deaf professionals in healthcare settings. Amanda currently resides in Tampa, FL, where she is active in the free lance community.

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    • 10 Oct 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
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    CASLI Testing Update

    October 10, 2020 1p-3p Eastern

    Star Grieser

    Presented through ZOOM

    0.0 CEUs


    Star G. Grieser, Director of Testing for the Center for the Assessment of Sign Language Interpretation (CASLI), will provide an update on the new CASLI Generalist Knowledge Exams, CASLI Generalist Performance Exams and CASLI Exam System, the online testing systems for CASLI exams. She will also address common questions and concerns and answer any questions the audience may have regarding CASLI exams and exam systems.

    This presentation will be in ASL

    Level of Participant’s Prior Knowledge of Topic: Little/None to Experienced Interpreters

    Target Audience: Working and student interpreters and stakeholders

    Presenter Bio

    Star G. Grieser is the director of testing for CASLI. She relocated from Norfolk, VA in the fall of 2017, where previously she worked as a program chair for the ASL and Interpreter Education Program at Tidewater Community College for 11 years. Star was very active in the Virginia Deaf community as well as within her profession presenting workshops and facilitating statewide conferences and events. She also holds both CDI and ASLTA-M certification. She graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology (SVP ’94) in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Professional and Technical Communication from the Rochester Institute of Technology and from McDaniel College, Westminster, MD with a MS in Deaf Education in 2009. Star loves working with the CASLI and RID team and is enjoys tackling the many challenges of test administration and development. Star currently lives in Washington, D.C. and enjoys exploring all the museums and memorials of DC, traveling, spending time in nature, dabbling in arts, and lounging outdoors with a good book.

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    Technology Streaming Sponsor: Reynolds Community College

    • 24 Oct 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
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    Theatrical Interpreting in Four Acts

    October 24, 2020 9a-4p Eastern

    Aaron Kubey & Kevin Dyels

    Presented through ZOOM

    0.6 CEUs

    Learn about interpreted theatre and concert performances through the lens of theatre staff, service administration and Deaf participation. Participants will learn about Theatre staff, crew positions, Theatre jargon; pre show preparations, script analysis, logistical considerations and Deaf Directors of Artistic Sign Language (DASL) Through lecture, discussion and activities participants will learn about the process of working with theatres and concert venues from the moment a Deaf consumer makes a request for tickets all the way through to the final Curtain Call.


    This workshop is presented in ASL

    Level of Participant’s Prior Knowledge of Topic: Little/None to Experienced Interpreters

    Target Audience: Working Interpreters

    Presenter Bios

    Aaron Kubey was the first Deaf and youngest Executive Director/President of the National Theatre of the Deaf. He had the opportunity of working on numerous television, film, theatrical productions, and concerts during his professional career. He regularly works as a Director of Artistic Sign Language (DASL) in the Washington, DC Metro area. He has most recently DASL’d Dear Evan Hansen, Come From Away, and Next to Normal at the Kennedy Center, and Aladdin and The Band’s Visit at Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore, MD. He currently works as a Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI) and Communication Access Specialist for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Mr. Kubey is a 1994 graduate of the Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD) at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. In 2006, he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A) degree in Theatre Studies from the Theatre School, DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, making him the first Deaf graduate from this prestigious institution. He is a Chicago native, and a diehard Cubbies fan who is thrilled they won a World Series in his lifetime and believes they win it all again and again!

    Kevin Dyels is a State Director of Community Interpreting for Sorenson Communications and a former member of the Board of Directors of PCRID. Originally from northern California, Kevin has split has his career between freelance interpreting and holding staff and management positions at interpreting agencies. He received his BA in Theater from the University of Maryland. He presents workshops regularly interpreting nationally and internationally and holds a partner position at a performing arts interpreting company called First Chair Interpreted Productions. When not interpreting, Kevin coordinates interpreters for various conferences and festivals, teaches at a local community college, and works as a professional sound designer and disc jockey. He has a life partner and owns a kitty named Sylvestre.


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    • 07 Nov 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)
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    A Conference Interpreting Primer

    November 7, 2020 9a-12p Eastern

    Amanda M. David

    Presented through ZOOM

    0.3 CEUs


    Much like other specialized settings, conference interpreting can be a completely different animal, requiring different skills and strategies. With a constant rise in the frequency of Deaf professionals’ participation in conferences of all varieties, as well as the number of interpreting conferences in our field, it is important that interpreters be prepared to meet the variety of different needs that can emerge in these settings. This session will aim to provide strategies, tips, and tools for both interpreters who would like to be and those who are currently engaged in conference interpreting.

    This workshop is presented in ASL

    Level of Participant’s Prior Knowledge of Topic: Experienced Interpreters

    Target Audience: Working interpreters interested in Conference Interpreting

    Presenter Bio

    Amanda is a native of southwest Louisiana. After graduating from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA, she completed coursework in the Interpreter Training Programs at Collin County Community College in Plano, TX and Houston Community College, and earned a MA in Interpreting Studies and Communication Equity from St. Catherine University. She is certified on State and National levels in both generalist and medical interpreting, and she specializes in conference interpreting, scientific/technical interpreting, and interpreting for d/Deaf professionals in healthcare settings. Amanda currently resides in Tampa, FL, where she is active in the free lance community.

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    • 07 Nov 2020
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    Modeling Visual Language in the Classroom

    November 7, 2020 1p-4p Eastern

    Wink Smith Jr. 

    Presented through ZOOM


    Educational interpreters are language models for Deaf students. For some Deaf students, their interpreter is their only language model for a signed language. This workshop will help you explore the meaning of being a ‘language model’ and how this modeling impacts students acquiring at least two languages within the school system, American Sign Language and English. The workshop then introduces concepts from cognitive linguistics to analyze how language provides access to knowledge structures through categorization and how each language provides a specific ways of viewing, or construing, that knowledge. With this foundation in place, you will then review and practice the depictive components of ASL. You will learn how each concept is used in the spoken language community, and then how the Deaf community has further specified and evolved these depictions into language and modality-specific units. After practicing these concepts, you will use real-world classroom stimuli to practice further entrenching these depictive techniques. One final goal in this workshop is to work toward becoming comfortable with using conventional depictive expressions in the ways, and with the frequency, that Deaf people do.

    ASL link: https://youtu.be/DT7U1Qg5a0E

    This workshop is presented in ASL

    Level of Participant’s Prior Knowledge of Topic: Little/None

    Target Audience: Working or aspiring interpreters in the educational setting

    Presenter Bio

    Wink, MA, MBA, NIC Master, enjoys researching and creating various workshops that focus on skill building through deliberate practice, which he wrote about in the RID Views, Winter 2012 issue. Presenting workshops the last ten years at national conferences (NAD, RID, Silent Weekend) regional conferences (RID I, II, III, IV, V), state conferences, and local workshops across the nation has given Wink experiences to enhance applications for interpreters of all levels. Wink is widely noted for the comfortable atmosphere he creates and the passion he exudes. Currently Wink travels full time performing, presenting workshops, and managing Winkshop, Inc, through which he has developed a dozen training DVDs. Wink currently is working on his PhD in linguistics from Gallaudet University where he investigates the embodied motivations of depiction. (ASL: https://youtu.be/o4Pv0mAqETA)

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    • 21 Nov 2020
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    An Overview of RID's Ethical Practices System 

    November 21, 2020 9a-12p Eastern

    Tressela Bateson & Jeffrey Hardison

    Presented through ZOOM

    0.0 CEUs


    RID’s Certification system consists of a triad: Certification, Certification Maintenance and the Ethical Practices System. While RID members are familiar with the process to obtain certification as well as maintaining it, most have never had experience with the Ethical Practices System, and most hope to never have to encounter a formal grievance. This workshop will focus on demystifying the Ethical Practices System by explaining the process that complaints go through: Intake, Mediation and Adjudication. Presenters will share some statistical data regarding most common cited tenets of the CPC in complaints and historical outcomes of cases processed. Insights from this presentation has implications for improving Interpreter Preparation Programs, as well as ongoing professional development for working interpreters. Deaf community individuals are encouraged to attend to better understand this process and how it enforces standards set by the CPC 

    This presentation will be in ASL

    Level of Participant’s Prior Knowledge of Topic: Little/None to Experienced Interpreters

    Target Audience: Working and student interpreters and stakeholders

    Presenter Bios

    Jeff Hardison is doing his work to be a man whose words, thoughts and actions reflect a life that embraces, without distinction, all human beings. He has been a certified member of R.I.D. since 1987 and an R.I.D. mediator since 2000. The work he has experienced as a mediator, in supporting the coming together of the Deaf and interpreting worlds, has been life changing.Jeff was graduated from the University of Florida with a B.A. in English literature (GO GATORS!) and was also graduated from Gallaudet University with an M.A. in Linguistics (GO BISON!)Jeff currently lives in Alexandria, Virginia with his husband and has worked at Gallaudet University as a staff interpreter since 1992.

    Tressela Bateson, known as Tressy, is the Ethical Practices System Administrator for Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. After graduating from MSSD, she obtained her BA in Psychology from California State University, Northridge, and then attended Gallaudet University for a Masters of Arts in School Guidance and Counseling. Tressy worked in the counseling field for over 20 years,, including 14 years in Mental Health Counseling with the famous (infamous?) South Carolina Department of Mental Health Deaf Services before a career change to teaching ASL. She taught at Clemson University (GO TIGERS!) for 6 years during the development of Clemson’s ITP. Her combined experience working with ASL Students/future interpreters as well as the empathy and expertise gained in counseling makes the EPS perfect for her to oversee. Outside of work, Tressy is a community advocate, chairing LEADK-Virginia. She has recently returned to teaching at ASL Champs where she also trains the teachers. When there is time to relax, you can find Tressy in the nearest body of water preferably with her rescue dogs.

            

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Past events

01 Aug 2020 Roles, Waivers, and Disclosures
18 Jul 2020 Deliberate Practice, How?
18 Jul 2020 Diversity, Equity and Ethics: How do Interpreters’ Choices Impact Consumers?
02 Jul 2020 ASL in the Classroom: Science/Social Studies
01 Jul 2020 ASL in the Classroom: Social Studies/Science
30 Jun 2020 ASL in the Classroom: Math/English
29 Jun 2020 ASL in the Classroom: English/Math
20 Jun 2020 Depiction in Interpreting, How and When
13 Jun 2020 Consecutive Interpreting vs Simultaneous Interpreting, Part 2
06 Jun 2020 Sharpen Those Tools! A Growth Plan for Isolated Practitioners
23 May 2020 Consecutive Interpreting vs Simultaneous Interpreting, Part 1
09 May 2020 Surrender the Me for the We: Team Interpreting
18 Apr 2020 Eye Gaze and Role Shift and Space… Oh My! presented by Sabrina Smith
04 Apr 2020 FBC Workshop
21 Mar 2020 Linguistics & Interpreting: Making Linguistic Awareness Work for You (NVCC)
14 Mar 2020 Cancelled: Kids Say the Darndest Things!
14 Mar 2020 Postponed: Strengthening Your Core 4: Science
22 Feb 2020 Eye Gaze and Role Shift and Space... Oh My! presented by Sabrina Smith
01 Feb 2020 “Strengthening Your Core 4: Social Studies
01 Feb 2020 ASL Grammar presented by Paula Debes
14 Dec 2019 From Theatre to the Classroom by Sabrina Smith
07 Dec 2019 Profanity in ASL presented by Richard "Ricky" Rose, Jr.
06 Dec 2019 Region 2: Beyond "It depends..." Demand Control Schema for Healthcare Interpreters
23 Nov 2019 Power, Privilege & Oppression Workshop presented by Trix Bruce
16 Nov 2019 Strengthening Your Core 4: Math
16 Nov 2019 Test: A Four Letter Word
19 Oct 2019 Modeling Visual Language with WINK
12 Oct 2019 DeafBlind Panel sponsored by Civic Access: FREE TO ATTEND!
12 Oct 2019 Logistics of Interpreting with DeafBlind People
28 Sep 2019 Strengthening Your Core 4: English
15 Sep 2019 "Opening the Door to Deaf-Blindness" OHOA Modules
14 Sep 2019 Conquering Fingerspelling Fears
15 Aug 2019 Roanoke City Public Schools and VDOE Present: Building Classifiers in the Sky by Sabrina Smith
13 Jul 2019 Idioms: Do You See What I'm Saying? by Wink Smith
11 Jul 2019 ASL in the Classroom IV
10 Jul 2019 ASL in the Classroom III
09 Jul 2019 ASL in the Classroom II
08 Jul 2019 ASL in the Classroom I
07 Jul 2019 2019 RID National Conference
22 Jun 2019 2019 VRID Mini-Conference
01 Jun 2019 Building Classifiers in the Sky
11 May 2019 Preparing for your next VQAS screening
04 May 2019 Next Level Interpreting by Josh Garrett
27 Apr 2019 “Into” and “Enter” what is the difference? Examining Structures to Improve Conceptualization
13 Apr 2019 VSDB and VDOE Present: The Classifier Zone by Sam Parker
13 Apr 2019 Virginia Baptist Conference of the Deaf 2019
30 Mar 2019 Interpreters and Ethical Decision-Making: Right or Wrong by Kevin Taylor
23 Mar 2019 Are You A Lone Ranger? presented by Tammy Fortune
23 Mar 2019 ​​Cracking the Fingerspelling Code by Tammy Fortune
02 Mar 2019 All Hands Up: Interpreter Boot Camp II by Sabrina Smith
16 Feb 2019 A State of Being: Switching on ASL and Staying There
16 Feb 2019 Non-Threatening Non Manuals
15 Dec 2018 Terrific Teaming
15 Dec 2018 Search and Rescue
08 Dec 2018 Region 2: Medical Terminology for Healthcare Interpreters
01 Dec 2018 Region 2: Learning the Language of Medicine: Introduction to Medicine for Interpreters - Part 3
17 Nov 2018 Region 2: Interpreting in Palliative Care
10 Nov 2018 Transitions in ASL and Quick Review of ASL Grammar
03 Nov 2018 Region 2: Learning the Language of Medicine: Introduction to Medicine for Interpreters - Part 2
20 Oct 2018 SSP Training with Steve Collins
12 Oct 2018 Bringing Worship to Life by Samantha Terzis
12 Oct 2018 Hands Up RVA! at Reynolds
29 Sep 2018 Meeting the Need presented by Tammy Fortune
29 Sep 2018 ​​Cracking the Fingerspelling Code by Tammy Fortune
29 Sep 2018 Region 2: Learning the Language of Medicine: Introduction to Medicine for Interpreters - Part 1
15 Sep 2018 “Transitions in ASL “ and “Quick Review of ASL Grammar"
15 Sep 2018 All Hands Up: Interpreter Boot Camp by Sabrina Smith
15 Sep 2018 Region 2: Medical Interpreting: How can I Interpret that?
14 Sep 2018 Region 2: Medical Interpreting: Women’s Health & Wellness
08 Sep 2018 VSDB and VDOE Present: Meeting the Need
07 Sep 2018 VSDB and VDOE Presents: Are You A Lone Ranger?
28 Aug 2018 My Lips Are Moving But What Am I Saying? Analyzing Your English Product with Dr. Sabrina Smith
11 Aug 2018 Kenyan Sign Language and Deaf Education
09 Aug 2018 Trix Bruce in Richmond, VA - 2.0 CEUs available!
06 Aug 2018 Online Workshop: Interpreting A Jewish Funeral
22 Jun 2018 2018 VRID Conference - Attendee Registration
28 Apr 2018 VSDB and VDOE Presents: Transitions and Grammar Review
21 Apr 2018 “What Did I Just Sign??? Analyzing Your Own ASL Product” by Sabrina Smith
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!
04 Feb 2017 How do I do this right?
01 Nov 2014 Conquering Fingerspelling Fears
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