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Upcoming events

    • 14 Sep 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • JSRCC/Parham Road Campus 1651 E Parham Rd, Richmond, VA 23228 Burnette Hall/Room 200
    Register

    VDOE Regions 1, 3 & 8 Educational Interpreter Grant

    in conjunction with VRID and JSRCC present

    “Conquering Fingerspelling Fears”

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

    Date: September 14, 2019

    Time: 9:00 am – 4 pm

    0.6 RID CEUs Sponsored by VRID (Pending)

    Location: JSRCC/Parham Road Campus

    1651 E Parham Rd, Richmond, VA 23228

    Burnette Hall/Room 200

    Workshop Description: This workshop will teach techniques to use when trying to understand receptive fingerspelling or numbers. In the workshop the participants will also learn how to produce a smoother product by analyzing their current fingerspelling and making changes needed for a smoother more accurate product.

    Presenter Bio: 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 12 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

    This workshop is presented at no cost to K-12 interpreters. To register, go to VRID.org and click on the workshop link. 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 Little/None Content Knowledge Level. If you require a reasonable accommodation for this event, please contact Sandra Blue by September 1, 2019.



    • 15 Sep 2019


    In collaboration with the

    Virginia Project for Children and Young Adults with Deaf-Blindness

    Introduce the opportunity to earn 3.0 CEUs through this

    Participant Initiated Non-RID Activity (PINRA)

    Registration Closed Class Full

     “Opening the Door to Deaf-Blindness”

    Participants may enroll August 1-31, 2019

    Participants begin activity September 15, 2019

    UPDATE: As of 8/8/19 this class has reached capacity. Stay tuned for more courses in 2020!

    Activity Description: The Open Hands Open Access (OHOA) Deaf-Blind Intervener Modules are designed to increase awareness, knowledge and skills related to intervention for individuals with deaf-blindness in an educational setting. Through this course, participants will develop an understanding of the definition of deaf-blindness, the impact of combined vision and hearing loss on a person’s experience, the role of the intervener, and strategies to apply when working with people with deaf-blindness.

    Activity Goals

       Understand the diversity of the deaf-blind population, including common etiologies

       Identify examples of supports and resources on deaf-blindness that are available for families, educators, and other service providers.

       Recognize that deaf-blindness is a disability of access to information that requires knowledge and implementation of specific strategies to support learning.

       Understand the role of each of the seven senses and the impact on interactions and experiences.

       Understand and explain the role of the intervener.

       Describe key instructional principles and strategies that are effective in educating and interacting with learners with deaf-blindness.

    Participation Details:

         Target audience: Community and Educational Interpreters, prospective interveners

         Satisfactory completion will earn the student 3.0 Professional Studies CEU's (content knowledge level "little/no")

         Required activity: Guided by the staff of the Virginia Project for Children and Young Adults with Deaf-Blindness, students will complete four specific modules from the Open Hands, Open Access intervener training materials; students will complete module content along with accompanying quizzes and reflection activities (to be provided by the Project) totaling 27 study hours; student will complete a total of (3) 1hr video meetings with Project staff, for a total of 30 hours of participation

    No partial CEU credit will be awarded

    Expected time to completion: 8 weeks

    Open only to Virginia residents who are members of VRID

    Course Cost: FREE!

    Please direct questions to vridrep2@gmail.com



    • 28 Sep 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Register

    VDOE Regions 1, 3 & 8 Educational Interpreter Grant

    in conjunction with VRID and J.S. Reynolds Community College present

    "Strengthening Your Core 4: English"

    Tammy Fortune and Katherine McMullen

    Date:  September 28, 2019

    Time: 9:00 am-4:00 pm

    0.6 RID CEUs Sponsored by VRID (Pending)

    Location JSRCC/Parham Road Campus

    1651 E Parham Rd, Richmond, VA 23228

    Burnette Hall/Room 200

    Workshop Description: Planks! Flutter kicks! Crunches! Great plan if you’re after that elusive “six-pack”!  But how do we train to get in tip top shape as highly effective educational interpreters for children who are deaf or hard of hearing in the general education or special education classroom? VDOE required competencies for the core 4 academic subject areas: English, math, science and social studies are clearly defined. Yet each subject includes specific vocabulary, typical instruction and assessment forms, and its own set of unique challenges for the educational interpreter working to provide truly effective access for students who are deaf or hard of hearing (and may not have native L1 fluency.)  We can’t promise you ripped abs, but in this workshop, we will roll up our sleeves and dig deep into the English classroom, providing content vocabulary instruction, practical tools to use in class, and generous opportunities for hands-up/hands-on practice activities taken straight from real classrooms in a safe, judgment free learning environment. 

    Tammy Fortune 

    Presenter Biography

    Tammy Fortune, MBA is a CODA from Lynchburg, Virginia.  She began her interpreting career at age 17, as a post-secondary educational interpreter.  Upon her graduation from Liberty University in 1995 with her degree in Business Management, she was hired as a K-12 interpreter and obtained her VQAS in the same year. Her life has taken her as far as Florida, where she began working in the mental health setting as a staff interpreter at a mental health facility in Central Florida.  She obtained her Florida QAS in 2001 and her RID CI/CT in 2002. During her time in Florida, she became the Interpreter Coordinator and Human Resources coordinator for the same facility, coordinating facility interpreters as well as national and international conference interpreting teams. She has presented at RID affiliate chapter conferences and served on a panel for mental health interpreters. In 2007, she graduated from Liberty University with her graduate degree in Business Administration.  Since relocating back to her home state of Virginia, she has worked in various settings, both as a staff and freelance interpreter, specializing in medical, mental health, and educational settings (K-12 and post-secondary). In addition, she has discovered a passion for theater interpreting and has interpreted more than 50 plays since 2012. In 2012, she began serving as an adjunct interpreting instructor in the American Sign Language Interpreting program at Liberty University. She teaches interpreting workshops, specializing in educational interpreting, skills development, and relationship and team building.  She has served as the VRID District IV Representative and Vice President. Beginning her 27th year of professional interpreting, she now currently serves as the VRID President. In the fall of 2019, Mrs. Fortune will begin her Doctorate in Business Administration studies with a focus on leadership.

    Katherine McMullen

    Presenter Biography

    Katherine McMullen, NIC, a veteran interpreter from Lynchburg, VA, has spent the past 30 years working in various roles within the field of Deafness as a counselor, mentor, consultant, teacher, and educational as well as freelance interpreter. In 1990, she began work as a clinician within the Virginia Community Services Board system. Over the next ten years, she completed her graduate level certification at Western Oregon University in Rehabilitative Counseling with the Deaf, obtained her first VQAS III/III, served as the Southwestern VA Regional Coordinator for the Deaf, pioneered the delivery of clinical mental health/psychiatric services via video-teleconferencing in rural Southwest Virginia, and served as the chair of the Virginia Mental Health Advisory Council for the Deaf. She personally worked, through the Advisory Council, with legislators of the General Assembly to secure significant increases in budget and programming to promote improved access to mental health services for people who are Deaf, hard of hearing, or Deafblind in Virginia. Since 1999, she has been the Lead Educational Interpreter for Lynchburg City Schools, focusing on creating opportunities for children who are deaf or hard or hearing to succeed inside and outside of the mainstream classroom by fostering exceptional, highly skilled interpreting teams. Under her leadership, Lynchburg City Schools has seen a 100% graduation rate (standard and advanced diplomas) for its Deaf and hard of hearing student population since 1999. She has delivered workshops at regional conferences, teaches ASL at Central Virginia Community College,  works as an interpreter mentor, and enjoys freelance interpreting. Her passions include behavioral health and theatrical interpreting, and she specializes in fully ‘shadow-interpreted’ productions (a fully immersive, on-stage interpreting approach she helped bring to Central Virginia in 2012.)

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    This workshop is presented at no cost to K-12 interpreters.  To register, go to VRID.org and click on the workshop link.  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 Little/None Content Knowledge Level.   If you require a reasonable accommodation for this event, please contact Sandra Blue by September 15, 2019.

                                                       


    • 19 Oct 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Roanoke, VA
    Register



      Mentoring 101 Presented by 

    SABRINA SMITH

    .6 RID CEUs


    When: Saturday, October 19, 2019

               8:30 AM - 3:30 PM 

    Cost: VRID Members - $50.00

              Non-Members - $60.00

             VRID Students - $25.00

    Location: Location TBD Roanoke, VA


    FLYER HERE: VRID flyer 10.19.19 Mentoring.pdf

      Workshop Information: 

      This workshop is for seasoned interpreters who are ready to take the plunge and start mentoring other interpreters who want to improve their product. The workshop teaches participants to analyze interpreters’ products, based on their skill levels, and how to identify areas which need improvement. Whether the interpreter is novice and in need of foundational skills or is seasoned preparing for the NIC, this workshop will demonstrate ways to improve the overall interpreting product. The presenter has been mentoring for over 12 years and has worked with over 80 mentees. This workshop will share the techniques used in her own mentoring process. The day consists of going through several activities that have been helpful in improving the interpreting process. It will start with basics such as how to keep records of mentees, skill improving activities, and analysis of diagnostics. Participants will be able to use these techniques to analyze the interpreting products in their current and future mentees.


      Presenter Biography: Sabrina Smith

      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 18 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 12 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. Feel free to contact her about mentoring, presenting, or just general questions about the field of interpreting at sabrinatempie.wixsite.com/aslterp

      Cancellation Policy:  Full refunds will be issued if written notice is provided to VRID by October 3rd, two weeks prior to the event. No refunds will be issued within two weeks of the event start date. To request accommodations or any other questions please contact Amanda Wharton Stacey (arw.stacey@gmail.com) for further information.

        


    Past events

    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 Hands Up RVA! at Reynolds
    12 Oct 2018 Bringing Worship to Life by Samantha Terzis
    29 Sep 2018 Meeting the Need presented by Tammy Fortune
    29 Sep 2018 Region 2: Learning the Language of Medicine: Introduction to Medicine for Interpreters - Part 1
    29 Sep 2018 ​​Cracking the Fingerspelling Code by Tammy Fortune
    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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