A State of Being: Switching on ASL and Staying There

  • 16 Feb 2019
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • 1651 E Parham Rd, Richmond, VA 23228


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VDOE Regions 1, 3 & 8 Educational Interpreter Grant

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

“A State of Being: Switching on ASL and Staying There “

Tammy Fortune

Date: February 16, 2019

Time: 1:00 am-4:00 pm

0.3 RID CEUs Sponsored by VRID

Location JSRCC/Parham Road Campus

1651 E Parham Rd, Richmond, VA 23228

Burnette Hall/Room 200

Workshop Description: During this workshop, participants will examine the importance of using ASL mentally and staying there during an assignment. Participants will learn what areas they may need to work on in order to effectively put this into practice. Participants will participate in activities that help them analyze what areas may be a potential breakdown that will cause them to revert back to English order/based signing. Participants will learn techniques that will help them to get into ASL and stay there. Participants will also evaluate the techniques that are the most effective and useful for their daily work.

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 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 has served as the VRID District IV Representative and Vice President. Having worked 25+ years of professional interpreting, she now currently serves as the VRID President.

This workshop is presented at no cost to K-12 interpreters. To register, please contact Sandra Blue, sandrablue2@gmail.com.VRID 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 Sandra Blue by .February 1, 2019.

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