Conquering Fingerspelling Fears

  • 01 Nov 2014
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Richmond, VA


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Conquering Fingerspelling Fears

Facilitator:  Sabrina Smith, PhD, CI and CT, Ed:K12, NIC Master

When:  November 1, 2014

Location: J. Sargent Reynolds Community College

1651 E. Parham Road, Building and Room TBD

Richmond, VA 23228


VRID Members - $60

VRID Student Members - $40

Non-Members - $90

0.6 CEUs - Professional Studies

POC: Elaine Hernandez -

Session Information:

This workshop is designed to face head on the fears of Fingerspelling words as well as numbers. As interpreters we all face the big challenge of when the hand goes up to catch receptive fingerspelling, the brain seems to stop. 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. This is a hand's on workshop that will have the participant learning through interaction. Everyone will have the opportunity to experience receptive as well as expressive material. This workshop will provide the one thing many of us never have the opportunity to do, PRACTICE!!

Facilitator Bio:

Sabrina Smith started interpreting after receiving certificates of completion from  ITP programs at Thomas Nelson Community College, and the WEIT program at Danville Community College. She holds an AAS in American Sign Language Interpreting, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Master’s of Science in Counseling Studies and a PhD in Counseling Studies. She is Nationally certified through RID: CI and CT, as well as NIC Master and Ed:K-12, she has been an educational interpreter for 14 years. She works as a video relay interpreter, freelance interpreter, mentor, and as a performing arts interpreter for Broadway shows in her area. She has presented workshops of various natures in VA, local school districts, and abroad while in Peru helping to empower the Deaf community to seek interpreters for their children in mainstreamed schools.

Target Audience:  Sign Language Interpreters; Novice to Advanced.

CEUs:  VRID is an approved RID CMP Sponsor for Continuing Education Activities.  This program is offered for 0.6 CEUs in the content area of professional studies. No partial session CEUs will be awarded.  Late arrivals will not receive CEUs. 

Cancellation Policy: Full refunds will be issued if written notice is provided to VRID by October 18, 2014, two weeks prior to the event activity.  No refunds will be issued within two weeks of the event start date.

Reasonable Accommodations: If you require a reasonable accommodation for this event, please contact Jay Penuel, by Wednesday, October 18, 2014.  Although requests for accommodations will be accepted after this date, VRID cannot guarantee the accommodation will be provided.

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