​​Cracking the Fingerspelling Code by Tammy Fortune

  • 23 Mar 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • 100 VHCC Drive Abingdon, VA 24210
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Cracking the Fingerspelling Code

presented by Tammy Fortune

Date: March 23, 2019

Time: 9:00 am-12:00 pm

0.3 RID CEUs Sponsored by VRID

Location Virginia Highlands Community College

100 VHCC Drive Abingdon, VA 24210


Cost: VRID Members$30.00

         Non-Members - $40.00

         VRID Students - $25.00

         VDOE Participants - $0.00 (with code)

Workshop Description: 

During this workshop, participants will examine the importance of “letting go” of negative views/bias concerning fingerspelling.  Participants will learn what effective expressive fingerspelling looks like.  Participants will learn techniques to “catch” receptive fingerspelling. Participants will learn techniques that will improve their fingerspelling both expressively and receptively.  They will also evaluate the techniques that are the most effective and useful for their daily work.  Participants will also practice expressive and receptive fingerspelling.

Presenter Bio: 

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 45 plays since 2012. In 2012, she began serving as an adjunct interpreting instructor in the American Sign Language Interpreting program at Liberty University. She has served as the VRID District IV Representative and Vice President. Now in her 26th year of professional interpreting, she currently serves as the VRID President.


RID is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for Continuing Education Activities. This Professional Studies program is offered for 0.3 CEUs at the Little/None Content Knowledge Level.

If you require a reasonable accommodation for this event, please contact Amanda Wharton Stacey (arw.stacey@gmail.com) or Tammy Fortune (vridpres@gmail.com) by March 9, 2019.

This training is being supported by grant funding from the 

Virginia Department of Education

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