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Upcoming events

    • 30 Mar 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Northern Virginia Community College 8333 Little River Turnpike Annandale, VA 22003

    NVCC and the VDOE Educational Interpreter Training Grant provided by Marla Pollack present...

    "Interpreters & Ethical Decision-Making: Right or Wrong”

     Presented by Kevin Taylor, MA, CDI

    .6 RID CEUs

    Registration due by March 25th

    VIEW FLYER & FORM: 3.30.19 NVCC.docx

    When: Saturday, March 30, 2019

               9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Cost: VRID Members - $50.00

             Non-Members - $75.00

             VRID Students/Grant participants- Free

    Send checks/registration form to:

    Northern Virginia Community College C/O Paula Debes Reece

    ASL Interpreter Education Department, Room CM 308

    8333 Little River Turnpike

    Annandale, VA. 22003-3796

    Location: NVCC

             8333 Little River Turnpike Annandale, VA 22003

             Building CN, Room 227

    NOTE: Certificates of Attendance will be given at conclusion, Parking is open in Lot B or garage, Coffee and Refreshments will be provided in the morning

    Workshop Information: 

    Unsure of what is ethical or not for an assignment?  Want to discuss how to make choices or decisions regarding your work.  Share experiences of hypothetical situations with your colleagues, understanding your role in decision-making.  We will discuss two different lenses; the interpreter/system perspective and the Deaf person’s perspective.  The workshop will include lecture and classroom activities and practice.

    Presenter Biography: Kevin Taylor, MA, CDI

    Kevin Taylor is currently an ASL Professor-in-Charge faculty member at George Mason University teaching ASL courses, will be adding a minor in the next few years.  Kevin received his B.S. in Biological Sciences from Colorado State University and his M.A. in Deaf Studies: Specializing in Teaching Sign Language from Gallaudet University.

    Prior to working at GMU, he a Professor in the ASL/INT program at Northern Virginia Community College since 2011 teaching a wide variety of ASL and Interpreting courses.  He also worked for a year at Gallaudet University teaching ASL.  Kevin was also a high school teacher at Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD) for four years.  He has given several workshops “ASL Science Concepts used in the Classroom” for educational interpreters.  Kevin recently co-presented on “Deaf Interpreter Educators: An Expanding Field” at the Conference of Interpreter Trainer’s conference in Portland, Oregon.

    He remains active in various local and national organizations by maintaining memberships with ASLTA and Conference of Interpreter Trainers and served as a Vice President on a local committee with Veditz American Sign Language Teachers’ Association located in Virginia.

    He is currently ASLTA certified and a Certified Deaf Interpreter.  He has been interpreting with various agencies in the DC metro area.

    Hobbies:  In his spare time, Kevin likes to travel, go fishing, play basketball and spend time with his husband and two dogs.

    ADA Accommodations must be requested by March 25, 2019 contact Marla Pollack ( or Paula Debes (


    "VRID is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for Continuing Education Activities.This Professional Studies program is offered for 0.6 CEUs at the Little/None Content Knowledge Level."

    • 13 Apr 2019
    • 8:45 AM - 6:15 PM
    • Forest, VA

    Virginia Baptist Conference of the Deaf 2019

    When: April 13, 2019

    Where:  Forest, VA

    More Information: interpreter's workshop flyer.pdf

    Interpreter’s Workshop Theme: Interpreting the Bible for Church 

    We will discuss names of people, cities, festivals and etc. in the Bible. We will discuss less popular stories in the Bible. Also, we will learn how to use similar signs with different words and how to include and appropriately use ASL idioms while interpreting during sermon. We will discuss registers, and allow the interpreter to see how the interpreter’s ability to express the emotion must be matched to the register. The ability/inability to do this may limit the Deaf community. 

    Presenter: Duane Martin grew up in Florence, SC. He and his wife, Dana, have 4 children and live in Waynesboro, VA where he has recently been installed as pastor of Wayne Hills Deaf Fellowship. He is a graduate of the Model Secondary School for the Deaf in Washington, D.C.; National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, NY; Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, NC and Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. He has also studied through the Tri-State Deaf School of Theology. 

    This event is not sponsored by VRID and is provided for informational purposes only.  Posting this information does not constitute VRID's endorsement of the event, sponsor, or presenter.  Please contact the event coordinator for more information. 

    • 13 Apr 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • VSDB 104 VSDB Dr. Staunton, VA 24401

    VSDB and the VDOE Educational Interpreter Training Grant present...

    The Classifier Zone: Cross Into a New Dimension with Classifiers

      Presented by 


    .6 RID PS CEUs

    When: Saturday, April 13, 2019

               9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 

    Cost: VRID Members - $50.00

              Non-Members - $60.00

             VRID Students - $25.00

             VDOE Grant participants- Free

    Location: Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind

    104 VSDB Drive, Staunton, VA 24401

    FLYER HERE: flyer April 13,2019.docx

      Workshop Information: 

      There is a sixth dimension that is unknown to most interpreters and learners of American Sign Language.  It is a dimension vast as space and timeless as infinity.  It is the middle ground between light and shadow and it lies in the pit of every learner’s fear and in the sunlight of their knowledge.  This is the dimension of imagination.  It is an area that might be called The Classifier Zone.  Unlock the door into the world of classifiers with the key of creativity and delve into how classifiers convey; grammatical aspects in ASL, different points of view, different meanings when combined with non-manual signals, cinematic qualities that further enhance the visual picture and ultimately provide more processing time by economizing signs and interpretations.   Once you pass into The Classifier Zone you will incorporate more classifiers in your signing and interpreting choices making your message multidimensional.

      Presenter Biography: Sam Parker

      Sam Parker (CSC, ASLTA Master, MFA, NC Licensed Interpreter) a native of Virginia and a child of deaf parents, holds CSC certification from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and has worked as a community interpreter across the nation for more than 35 years.  Currently, Sam is a Clinical Professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) as the coordinator of the 4 year Interpreter Preparation program. As an instructor, Sam holds ASLTA certification and has taught numerous courses in ASL/interpreting. In 2009, Sam was honored to receive the Teaching Excellence Award from the School of Education at UNCG.  He has presented nationally for the past twenty years teaching workshops on Grammar, Classifiers, Ethics, Theatrical Interpreting, and Voice training utilizing the Linklater Technique. Sam’s passion is acting and theatre and he has studied theatre and acting for the past 30 years. He has a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in acting with an emphasis on voice. His studies in acting have availed him the opportunity to travel to numerous cities; he has also studied acting at the Royal National Theatre in London. Sam’s passion for theatre and performing has led to his one man show entitled “An Interpreters Life…” which he has performed for deaf and hearing audiences.

      Cancellation Policy:  Full refunds will be issued if written notice is provided to VRID by March 30th, two weeks prior to the event. No refunds will be issued within two weeks of the event start date. To request accommodations or any other questions please contact Kathy Campbell ( or Tammy Fortune ( for further information.


      • 27 Apr 2019
      • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
      • JSRCC/Parham Road Campus 1651 E Parham Rd, Richmond, VA 23228 Burnette Hall/Room 208

      VDOE Regions 1, 3 & 8 Educational Interpreter Grant

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

      “​ “Into” and “Enter” what is the difference?

      Examining Structures to Improve Conceptualization”

       Wink Smith

         Date:  April 27, 2019

        Time: 9:00 am-4:00 pm

      0.6 RID CEUs Sponsored by VRID (Pending)

      Location JSRCC/Parham Road Campus

      1651 E Parham Rd, Richmond, VA 23228

      Burnette Hall/Room 208

      Workshop Description Beyond their respective parts of speech, what are the differences between the words, “into” and “enter”? What about “Explode” and “Explosion”? These words have different conceptual meanings, in that your mind sees them differently. What can this do for us as language learners? Learning how your mind categorizes meaning and how meanings are manifested in language can change the way you look at language and the world. This workshop focuses on how your mind dynamically creates meaning and will selectively choose words and sentences that communicate your intention. Once we analyze this we can have a deeper understanding of our mind and languages. I am hoping that when we improve this skill, we can learn to articulate our conceptualizations in ASL more accurately

      Presenter Bio: 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.

      This workshop is presented at no cost to K-12 interpreters.  To register, go to and click on the workshop link.  Grant participants should contact Sandra Blue, 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 Little/None Content Knowledge Level.

      If you require a reasonable accommodation for this event, please contact Sandra Blue by April 15, 2019.


      • 22 Jun 2019
      • Richmond, VA

      2019 VRID Mini-Conference

      June 22, 2019

      Richmond, VA

      Details coming soon...

      • 07 Jul 2019
      • 11 Jul 2019
      • Providence, RI



      2019 RID National Conference

      July 7-11, 2019

      Providence, RI

      Omni Providence Hotel

      1 West Exchange Street

      Providence, RI 02903

      (401) 598-8000

      View the Program Here:


    Past events

    23 Mar 2019 Are You A Lone Ranger? presented by Tammy Fortune
    23 Mar 2019 ​​Cracking the Fingerspelling Code by Tammy Fortune
    02 Mar 2019 All Hands Up: Interpreter Boot Camp II by Sabrina Smith
    16 Feb 2019 A State of Being: Switching on ASL and Staying There
    16 Feb 2019 Non-Threatening Non Manuals
    15 Dec 2018 Terrific Teaming
    15 Dec 2018 Search and Rescue
    08 Dec 2018 Region 2: Medical Terminology for Healthcare Interpreters
    01 Dec 2018 Region 2: Learning the Language of Medicine: Introduction to Medicine for Interpreters - Part 3
    17 Nov 2018 Region 2: Interpreting in Palliative Care
    10 Nov 2018 Transitions in ASL and Quick Review of ASL Grammar
    03 Nov 2018 Region 2: Learning the Language of Medicine: Introduction to Medicine for Interpreters - Part 2
    20 Oct 2018 SSP Training with Steve Collins
    12 Oct 2018 Hands Up RVA! at Reynolds
    12 Oct 2018 Bringing Worship to Life by Samantha Terzis
    29 Sep 2018 Meeting the Need presented by Tammy Fortune
    29 Sep 2018 Region 2: Learning the Language of Medicine: Introduction to Medicine for Interpreters - Part 1
    29 Sep 2018 ​​Cracking the Fingerspelling Code by Tammy Fortune
    15 Sep 2018 “Transitions in ASL “ and “Quick Review of ASL Grammar"
    15 Sep 2018 All Hands Up: Interpreter Boot Camp by Sabrina Smith
    15 Sep 2018 Region 2: Medical Interpreting: How can I Interpret that?
    14 Sep 2018 Region 2: Medical Interpreting: Women’s Health & Wellness
    08 Sep 2018 VSDB and VDOE Present: Meeting the Need
    07 Sep 2018 VSDB and VDOE Presents: Are You A Lone Ranger?
    28 Aug 2018 My Lips Are Moving But What Am I Saying? Analyzing Your English Product with Dr. Sabrina Smith
    11 Aug 2018 Kenyan Sign Language and Deaf Education
    09 Aug 2018 Trix Bruce in Richmond, VA - 2.0 CEUs available!
    06 Aug 2018 Online Workshop: Interpreting A Jewish Funeral
    22 Jun 2018 2018 VRID Conference - Attendee Registration
    28 Apr 2018 VSDB and VDOE Presents: Transitions and Grammar Review
    21 Apr 2018 “What Did I Just Sign??? Analyzing Your Own ASL Product” by Sabrina Smith
    18 Apr 2018 "The Silent Child" Screening hosted by Reynolds' ASL Club
    14 Apr 2018 Building Relationships and Understanding Ethics in Educational Interpreting by Sabrina Smith
    14 Apr 2018 FRID Webinar: Educational Interpreter Ethics: Don't Get Stuck in the DO++ DO++
    06 Apr 2018 NCRID: Interpreting in a Civil Courtroom Setting: A Mock Trial Experience
    10 Mar 2018 VSDB and VDOE Presents: How Do You Pronounce That?
    03 Mar 2018 Terrific Teaming presented by Tammy Fortune
    22 Jan 2018 NCRTM presents: Behavioral Health Interpreting: Specialty Training for Building New Competences
    29 Jul 2017 Deliberate Practice with Wink Smith
    27 Jul 2017 Trix Bruce in Fairfax, VA - 2.4 CEUs available!
    20 Jul 2017 RID 2017 LEAD Together Conference
    24 Jun 2017 Interpreting Jury Instructions, Plea Forms & Protection from Abuse Hearings: Oh My!
    23 Jun 2017 Working Smarter Together presented by Miako Villanueva
    02 Jun 2017 MSRID State Conference
    18 May 2017 Signing Naturally: Units 7-12 Teacher Training
    13 May 2017 Kids are Consumers, Too!
    04 Feb 2017 How do I do this right?
    01 Nov 2014 Conquering Fingerspelling Fears
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