All Hands Up: Interpreter Boot Camp

  • 15 Jan 2022
  • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • ZOOM
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VDOE Regions 1, 3 & 8 Educational Interpreter Grant

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

“​All Hands Up: Interpreter Boot Camp”

Presented by Dr Sabrina Smith

Date:  January 15, 2022

Time: 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

0.6 RID CEUs Sponsored by VRID (Pending) 

 Location:  Online Format

Workshop Description:  Boot Camp is about working hard and eliminating fears. By the time the workshop is over most participants will feel comfortable interpreting in front of others and challenged to go out and seek further practice to hone their skills.

-This workshop will examine the importance of expressive skills using techniques such as acting out the message in order to show the meaning rather than focusing on the word.

-Receptive skills will also be a focus giving each student an opportunity to voice signed segments.

-The workshop starts from basic spelling activities and continues with interactive activities including showing rather than signing, voicing when there are no signs, chunking, simultaneous, and finally cold voicing work.


Educational Objectives: Participants will be able to:

~Assess and increase their spelling ability in both English and ASL

~Demonstrate 2 ways to improve their receptive finger spelling skills

~Demonstrate 2 ways to improve their expressive finger spelling skills


Each participant will have a chance to do hands on activities throughout the day. Beginners will learn fundamental and foundational skills. Seasoned interpreters will get refresher information as well as practice and hone their own skills.


Biography: 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 20 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 has presented various workshops across the country. She worked as a video relay interpreter with Sorenson Communications for over 14 years. Feel free to contact her about mentoring, presenting, or just general questions about the field of interpreting at

Grant participants should contact Susan May  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 contacts Susan May or Carrie Humphrey by January 3, 2022.                                                 

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