“Please let me catch this FINGERSPELLED word! Said every interpreter ever” Presented by Wink Smith Jr

  • 15 May 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Zoom (Virtual)


  • Non VRID Member

Registration is closed

Northern Virginia Community College &

VDOE Educational Interpreter Grant provided by Marla Pollack

in conjunction with VRID present

"Please let me catch this FINGERSPELLED word!" said every interpreter ever

Presented by Wink Smith, Jr.

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021

Time: 9:00 am-1:00 pm

0.4 RID PPO CEUs Sponsored by VRID

Location: ZOOM

Flyer: 5.15.2021 flyer docx.docx

Cost:  VRID Members - $30.00

          VRID Non-Members - $40.00

          VDOE Grant Participants - $FREE with code

Registration: If you are a grant participant or student you will be asked to obtain a code to register at no cost: mspollack@fcps.edu

Workshop Description: 

When a Deaf consumer raises their hand to fingerspell an interpreter does have resources at their disposal to help understand what is being spelled. In this workshop we will cover the linguistic literature on the formation of fingerspelling and the common techniques that Deaf people employ in their fingerspelling. This will help the interpreter identify the word being spelled or help them determine the possible options.

Presenter Biographies: Wink Smith Jr.

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. A fun fact: in 2016 alone, Wink traveled professionally enough miles to circle the earth over three times.


Paula Debes Reece                  Marla Pollack

703-232-3192                         571-982-1504

preece@nvcc.edu                     mspollack@fcps.edu

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