2012 National Sign Language & Interpreting Conference
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The 5 W's of Working With a CDI (PS) by Connie Loper and Loriel Dutton - Most interpreters in the field are familiar with the concept of working with a CDI, but often when faced with the decision on when and how to request a CDI team, don’t have the practical experience of what to say. This workshop will share resources and standard practices with interpreters as well as provide some “ground rules” for calling CDIs. We will also engage in roll-play and development of easy scripts to explain the need for and role of CDIs to those unfamiliar with interpreting. Next we’ll practice pre-conferencing sessions and cover topics that might come up when deciding how to work as a Deaf/Hearing team. We’ll explore the multiple dynamics and options teams have based on the setting, consumers, and preferences of the interpreters. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to learn about the Who What Where When Why and How’s of working with a CDI.
Am I Ready for Certification? (PS) by Carol Turner & Kathy Bodewig - Do you have the speed, fluency, and vocabulary necessary to pass the certification? Join us in this hands-on workshop as we go through a “mock” ESSE” (Educational Sign Skill Evaluation). Learn to do a self-evaluation and gain insight on your own abilities.
An Ethics Discussion - A Walk Through the Code of Professional Conduct (PS) by Duane Rumsey - In this active discussion course, students will understand the Rubric previously available by RID regarding how to handle ethical situations. Utilizing this tool, we will actively look at the Code of Professional Conduct and discuss interpreting situations.
Applying Translation Techniques to Enhance Your ASL (PS) by Duane Rumsey - Using translation activities, enhance your ASL structure. Translation activities include translating various lengths of discourse focusing on conveying the meaning. Glossing will be discussed, but the end translations will incorporate your memory skills that aid in the recall of concepts and details without the use of notes.
ASL Colloquialsms (PS) by Patrick Fischer - Part of linguistics study of how colloquialisms and slangs differ in ASL in comparison to English. For example: brown nose, held back anger, lost the thought, and more. Each slang has their own ASL sign/grammar. This is one of the most misused and misunderstood part of our ASL language.
ASL Expansions Applied in ASL Storytelling (PS) by Patrick Fischer - The techniques of ASL Expansion that have been identified in ASL: Contrasting; Faceting; Reiterating; Utilizing 3D Spaces; Explaining by Examples; Couching & Nesting; and Describe Then Do, and are commonly used in ASL conversations and ASL storytelling. Through the use of video examples and PowerPoint Presentation, this workshop will provide examples and analysis of each technique. Participants will practice identifying and incorporating each technique into their own storytelling.
ASL Immigrant: How to Earn Your ASL Green Card (PS) by Matt Marquis - Entering the Deaf Community as a brand-new signer or interpreter can be confusing and intimidating. This workshop gives attendees the information and techniques they need to confidently enter the Deaf Community as ASL Immigrants, becoming a strong part of the Community while in the process of earning an “ASL Green Card.” Attendees will learn about skill development, mentoring, jobs, and volunteer opportunities that will help them feel like a valid part of the Deaf Community
ASL In Dance and Poetry (PS) by Mona Jean Cedar - In this workshop we will discuss and practice a process for creating poetic compositions with English and ASL by using a thesaurus and the parameters of ASL. By following this method we will compose simultaneously in both languages, not interpreting from or into ASL or English. We will explore the different expressive modalities of ASL (visual, gestural, conceptual) and English (aural, spoken, verbal), differing grammatical and syntaxical constructs, and the parameters, directionality, spacialization, and repeatability of ASL. Excerpts from my originally composed spoken word poetry with ASL will provide a clearer demonstration of these key concepts. We will work on a collaborative group poem first to establish competence then try individual poems.
ASL Poetry (PS) by Marc Bowman - ASL Poetry is a workshop geared for beginner and intermediate ASL participants who have interest in poetry. The workshop will help participants to express poetry through ASL in a creative way. Students will be exposed to new and old conceptual and abstract approach with purposed to expand their ASL vocabulary. This will allow students to “think outside the box” and tackle common setbacks or frustrations. Students will explore and develop creative movements and emotions to interpret a poem. These developments will help students build and address confidence issues and have a solid foundation and guideline to do any poetry solo or group. In addition, students will learn how to convey, interpret, translate and express poetry through ASL. Students will be able to apply ASL building skills such as classifiers and semantics to break down and interpret poetry. It is critical to be able to break down or pinpoint key “points” to understand and to express poetry through ASL in true fashion to succeed. Hands on activities and group sessions will be used to provide a fun learning atmosphere for ASL participants to share their skills, talents and knowledge.
Become an "Official Interpreter" (PS) by Carol Nickens - Learn about the history & future of certifying interpreters. Understand why networking and staying current is vital. See the dynamic tools that are available to make interpreters and consumers jobs so much easier! Discuss the problems, possibilities and potentials.
Classifiers in ASL (PS) by John Yingst - The workshop contains classifiers in ASL Literature, Bird of a Different Feather. It contains videotext that students will have the opportunity to identify classifiers by understanding the background of the signers.
Creating and Maintaining an Impartial Climate When Working with GLBTQI Consumers: Exploring the Interpreting Process through a Social Justice Lens (PS) by Tamar Jackson Nelson and Alex Jackson Nelson - Ever wonder if there is a sign for Intersex? This workshop will provide “Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, and/or Intersex (GLBTQI) 101” information within a framework for evaluating our interpreting and professionalism as interpreters within marginalized communities. This workshop shares research involving people who identify as Deaf, deaf or Hard-of-Hearing (D/HH) and GLBTQI. The focus is diversity in language and culture within the D/HH and GLBTQI communities. Participants will examine video clips of D/HH, GLBTQI individuals and analyze how vocabulary and language choices can impact interpreters striving to produce dynamically equivalent and sensitive interpreting services. Participants will realize the possible impact of their language choice(s) when linked with personal identity. Activities will be utilized throughout the workshop to assist participants in gaining a broader understanding of marginalized identities through exploring how GLBTQI individuals are impacted by heteronormative culture. Through a social justice lens we will explore cultural norms related to gender and sexual orientation, which will allow participants to better perceive the impact of privilege when working in the D/HH, GLBTQI or other marginalized communities. All are welcome to attend!
Deaf Idioms (PS) by Bill Rennie - This workshop focuses on idiomatic expressions used by the Deaf Community.
Demand Control Schema (For Advanced Interpreters) (PS) by Tamar Jackson Nelson - Participants will examine, and discuss the implications of, the Demand-Control Schema (D-CS) as applied to sign language interpreting by Robyn K. Dean and Robert Q. Pollard, Jr. (2001). Two phenomenological dimensions (control and demand) that affect interpreters will be reviewed and the impact of each in the participant’s working environments will be discussed. Ethical decision-making will be considered in relation to the idea of the “control” that interpreters do or do not have and/or need. After lively discussion with colleagues about strategies for minimizing “stress” for themselves and maximizing professionalism and dynamically equivalent interpreting participants will complete the workshop with a fresh view of the D-CS. This view will allow new and experienced interpreters to analyze decisions they make daily to ensure that they are taking care of themselves and their consumers.
Do You Know the Sign For? (An Educational Settings Workshop) (PS) by Carol Turner - This is designed for those in the classroom and those wanting to become a classroom interpreter. Grade level and specific subject vocabulary geared for the elementary and secondary levels will be discussed and shared. Bring your ideas and questions for this brainstorming session.
Embrace the Suck: Overcoming Plateaus (PS) by Matt Marquis - As part of the natural learning process, everyone experiences plateaus, where skills are maintained but not gained. Sometimes signers experience challenges due to plateaus, while at other times challenges are caused by limitations of the signer. This workshop will provide each signer, from the least to most experienced, with tools to identify, label, and overcome both limitations and plateaus. Attendees will develop a personal blueprint to help get past specific challenges or plateaus. Information is presented in a professional but humorous manner.
Equal Justice Under the Law: Interpreting in Legal Settings (PS) by Juti Seshie - This workshop is an introduction to legal interpreting and will teach you everything you ever wanted to know about signing legal terms in everyday interpreting. We will also examine Legal vocabulary, ASL signs used during an arrest, Miranda, Probation, Court Arraignment, and a variety of Criminal, Civil and Traffic Court matters. We will review Family Law/Domestic Violence, Divorce and Protocols of Superior courts and more.
Flexing Your Signing Skills to Work With Deaf Clients (PS) by Kristine Hall - This workshop is recommended for those who are interested in working with different types of Deaf clients in real life situations (i.e. Meeting with a Social Security Administration Representative, Job Interview and Doctor’s visit). Participants will engage in activities based on real life using Deaf people from various life backgrounds.
Follow The Yellow Brick Toad: Listening Skills Revisited (PS) by Bonnie Gibson Brydon - As interpreters we may find ourselves feeling overwhelmed, interpreting right on top of the speaker. Then one incorrect decision takes our entire interpretation SOUTH or as they say in Australia, we go “Pear Shape. All of this in the realm of watching what we are thinking of while interpreting. In this workshop we share in large groups, and split off into smaller groups with varied experience and come back together throughout the day. We discuss linear vs. visual listening, & “listening” within ASL techniques. We check-in with mental chatter discuss behavior patterns opinions and how often they harm us –vs. – visual representations and much more – all hinged on listening skills.
How the EIPA Assessment Tool Can Help You Become a Stronger Interpreter (PS) by Duane Rumsey - We will do an analysis of the EIPA assessment tool. We’ll look at the rating criteria and discuss some of the techniques that would be used to demonstrate each task effectively. By understanding and incorporating the criteria from the EIPA assessment into your every-day interpretations, you’ll be a much stronger interpreter.
How to Prepare for the NIC Knowledge Test (PS) by Darby Campbell - Preparing for the NIC Knowledge test can seem daunting and stressful. However, by attending this workshop people will learn how to study for the knowledge test without becoming overwhelmed by incorporating study and comprehension techniques, as well as a variety of relaxation methods. During the workshop, we will review the suggested reading materials provided by RID as well as methods to study and retain the information while finding ways to reduce the test anxiety that most participants experience.
Identity Development Models of Deaf and Hearing Individuals (PS) by Cole McCandless - This workshop will expose students to existing identity development models for minority groups and will then juxtapose those models with proposed identity development models of Deaf and hearing individuals. Life history stories of Deaf individuals, interviews, articles biographies, personal observation and anecdotal stories will be used as support/ evidence for the developmental statuses of these proposed identity development models.
Interpreter Accountability: How Do Interpreter's Choices Impact Consumers? ASL to English (PS) by Tamar Jackson Nelson - Sign language interpreters are often faced with the challenge of interpreting for consumers they have never met. In addition, interpreters are regularly required to provide ASL to English interpreting with little or no preparation work. This is true in most video relay & medical interpreting settings and often true for educational & community setting interpreting. Being ill prepared and without topic information might cause us to worry before we even begin interpreting. In this workshop participants will learn strategies for providing ASL to English interpreting to the best of their ability. The goal is to provide consumers with dynamic equivalent interpreting. If consumers are experts in their fields we must do all we can to insure they sound that way. Dynamic equivalence, clarifying techniques, gender influences and powerless language will be defined and examples will be provided. This workshop will assist and challenge interpreters to reach the next level of their ASL to English interpreting.
Is Being Conceptually Accurate Enough in the Educational Setting? (PS) by Esther Zawolkow and Dennis Davino - Interpreting in the Educational Setting (K-12) is quite different from interpreting within the deaf community when interpreting for job interviews, medical appointments, legal matters and conference meetings. What are the differences? This workshop will address what the Educational Interpreter (K-12) faces in transmitting the teachers intended message. Participants will be involved in discussions and hands-on activities to work on typical actual classroom phrases and vocabulary.
Juggling! An Art Form to Improve Your ASL and Interpreting Skills (GS) by Cathi Bouton - This workshop will look at the similarities between learning a language and learning to juggle and how juggling can improve your ASL and interpreting skills. This is a very hands-on workshop and participants WILL learn to juggle!
K-12 Interpreter: Role and Responsibilities by Carol Turner - This workshop is designed for those currently interpreting in the classroom as well as those wanting to become an educational interpreter. Join me as we compare and contrast the role of the interpreter in the elementary and secondary levels. Hypothetical situations will be discussed as well as the Inverse Pyramid and suggestions on how to prepare the mainstream for having a deaf and hard of hearing student in their classroom.
Keeping Pace (PS) by Carol Turner - This workshop will focus on techniques to build speed and fluency through the use of timed audiotapes.
Let's Read Some Quick-Fingers (PS) by Kathy Bodewig - A practice in reading and producing the fingerspelled word through lecture and games.
Metacognitive Analysis (PS) by Bonnie Gibson-Brydon - In this workshop, we will challenge ourselves in how we: (1) listen, (comprehension skills) When we hear statements are we hearing words or seeing a picture develop in our minds eye? Working on listening skills, we immediately ask, "what does it mean". We test our listening skills to see if we have become accustomed to word to sign, or if we are truly capturing the concept of the statement. (2) inquiry, (developing the concept in our minds) and WHY/WHAT FACTOR: I coined this term to establish a mind pattern of Inquiry! One of the most important tools in the interpreter’s process is the ability to assess the meaning of the message. Our inquiry carries us further in the right direction of the interpretation. (3) articulation, (criteria use of ASL). Articulation of ASL principles and the production of quality differ profoundly when compared to 5 years, 15 years, or 30 years of experience. We will discuss how we move into the proper register in the choice of techniques v. signs we use. Additionally, there are pedagogical skills that do in fact make improvements in our interpreting. Applying these learning techniques to our strengths allows for additional skill development. Working with interpreters in different skill experiences allows for a greater understanding in the consequences of our sign choices. We discuss changes in what we have learned and step into analysis of our own strengths and abilities immediately. All kidding aside Today we are faced with a far greater commitment to integrity and acquiring skills sooner than ever required in our history.
Money Vocabulary (PS) by Sylvia Yingst - The workshop introduces vocabulary needed to discuss banking services and financial situations. It also reviews some of the basic money-related signs that students have learned before.
Navigating K-12 (PS) by Jayna Nastally and Sarah Hopfer - Ever wonder about the ins and outs of K-12 interpreting? Now is your chance to develop a deeper understanding of the K-12 interpreting role! Learn how to balance workplace expectations with the Code of Professional Conduct and how to work successfully with the Educational team. Co-presented by a DHH Educator/case manager and seasoned K-12 interpreter.
Numbering in ASL by John Yingst - This workshop will address the various numbering systems in ASL, such as Money, Age, Measurements, Finances, Sports, How Long, When and much more, plus some vocabulary signs related to these money and finance signs. In addition, this workshop will benefit the participants to refresh their memories of using appropriate numerical signs with their palm facing both outward and inward. This workshop also aids the participants to improve their receptive skills on number concepts.
Pilates for Interpreters & People Who Sign Alot (GS) by Mona Jean Cedar - Using the principals of Pilates participants will acquire an intimate awareness of the basic body mechanics needed to maintain a healthy, strong, flexible body with an emphasis on the hands, wrists, arms, neck, and shoulders by understanding the relationship of mind to body.
Religion & Worship Signs (PS) by John Yingst & Sylvia Yingst - The workshop is designed for the church or worship interpreters and anyone who is interested to learn religion and worship signs. It is also an ideal for anyone who works in Deaf Ministry, for all who seek to minister to Deaf people and Sunday School or Bible Study teachers. For the interpreters, the workshop includes the special aspects of interpreting through sign in the church and worship settings. This workshop also gives some examples of songs containing songs and signs in ASL for use in church or any Christian-based programs for both children and adults.
Religious Interpreting (PS) by Dominique Evans - An introduction on how to effectively interpret in a religious environment, understand religious vocabulary, scripture, religious idioms, and songs. Some specific topics of exploration are: comprehending religious content, how to study for religious interpreting, discussing the order of a religious service, interpreting scripture and managing religious idioms.
Religious Sign Performance by Dominique Evans (PS) by Dominique Evans - Praise and worship performance students will learn how to sign and interpret scripture, religious vocabulary, and understand appropriate facial expressions and movement. A focus on when to use PSE, SEE and/or ASL and how to do it will also be explored.
Sharpening Those Signing Skills (PS) by Carol Turner & Kathy Bodewig - This workshop is for signers of all levels. Both expressive and receptive skills will be the focus as well as fingerspelling and vocabulary building.
She Scared Me @ Hello: A Multi-Perspective Look at Ethics (PS) by Bonnie Gibson-Brydon - Today’s interpreters are faced with ethical decisions in a far more stressed environment than compared to interpreters even as little as ten years ago. Facing a far greater commitment to integrity and acquiring skills sooner than ever required in our history, it is necessary to empowerment interpreters throughout the community to bring integrity to the TABLE of Professionalism. This is done with a greater sense of ethical awareness and personal buy-in. We will hear from a panel of experts in your community, each one representing their specialty (Legal, VRS, Educational, Mental Health, Freelance and Corporate.) And then the audience breaks up into discussion groups to work out ethical dilemmas given to the class.
Signing Exact English (S.E.E.) What Exactly Is It? (PS) by Carol Turner - Two out of three rule…family of signs…affixes…just what are they? An overview of the development of S.E.E. and its rationale will be presented. Come and find out what you can and can’t do in S.E.E.
Signing Poetry in ASL (PS) by Bill Rennie - This workshops focuses on the accurate use of ASL storytelling techniques as well as understanding ASL poetry and how to produce it.
Sign Language Etymology (PS) by Buck T. Rogers - The sign language etymology workshop not only distinguishes International Sign from the vibrant language many foreign Deaf people use while they interact, but also highlights the major influence of two key sign languages through history. French Sign Language and Spanish Sign Language are the mother sign languages of many across the European continent, Asia, Africa and the Americas. A historical preview and key comparisons will exemplify the prevalence of the two languages in many sign languages of the New World, ranging from French Canada to Argentina. With etymological roots in the Old World, many regional signs in ASL as well as common signs in other sign languages will be revealed and through comparison and lead to exciting discoveries. Evolution of sign languages and linguistics will also be studied. Light shed on universal linguistics and culture will foster a better understanding of the norm of sign languages in around the world.
Sign Mime (PS) by Patrick Fischer - Sign mime uses non-conventional signs and is all mimed. Classifiers, gestured movement, and visual emotions/expressions are used to perform in sign mime. Inspirations are from movies, cartoons, scripts, books, and your creativity. The benefits of using sign mime are the ability to tell a story either through scripts or imagination that is wholly visual, ability to imitate expressions and emotions, and enrichment in descriptive skills. Develop your storytelling skills in showing you how to use classifiers, gestures, and visual signs. All will have a “hands on” learning experience in different areas of Sign Mime’s techniques which are: Body Classifiers, Body Part Classifiers, Instrument Classifiers, Locative Classifiers, SASS, Point of Views, Abstract, and Split Screen.
Sign to Voice - How Fluent Are You? (PS) by Kathy Bodewig - This hands-on session will focus on matching the register of the speaker as well as analyze vocabulary choice used in your interpretations.
So Many Signs, So Little-Lag Time "Breaking Down the Immigration Process into ASL (PS) by Juti Seshie - This workshop is designed to advance the participant’s interpreting skills and predictive knowledge by examining the Immigration and Resident Card process, under the guidelines of the USCIS. In matters of Interpretation, there will frequently be Deaf Individuals from foreign countries who possess little to no sign language skills in ASL. We will analyze the process from Visa Status, valid or invalid, Change in Status, Initial Application, the Magnitude of the Interview, Acceptance or Rejections, Motions, Appeals, Deportation, and ending with the possibility of an Immigration Trial Setting.
So What are They Looking For? A Look at ESSE (PS) by Kathy Bodewig - Take a look at the ESSE (Educational Sign Skills Evaluation) rubric. Analyze and discuss the requirements and the evaluator’s comments.
Sports Signs (PS) by Sylvia Yingst - This workshop introduces sports-related vocabulary in American Sign Language needed to discuss various sports situations such as football, basketball, baseball, etc. When discussing sports, numbers are used to give information about scores, placement (standings), and player's jersey numbers. It also includes lots of classifiers, facial grammars, and numerical signs to discuss sports events.
Successful Interpreting of Culturally Rich Information From Sign to English (PS) by Cole McCandless - This workshop addresses the use of polysemous (words with multiple meaning) English words in interpretations with an emphasis on English words that have strong or culturally rich meaning for members of the Deaf community. There will be an in-depth analysis of the semantic meaning of several English words with the goal of identifying them as being culturally neutral or culturally rich. This workshop focuses on the challenges interpreters face when conveying information that is Deaf-centric and culturally rich.
Visual/Conceptual Clarity in Your Presentation (PS) - by Kathy Bodewig - This hands-on session will discuss techniques of providing a clear and accurate “Picture” through the use of the visual features.
Visual-Gestural Communication: Must Have Extra Ingredients for Interpreting (PS) by Kristine Hall - Students will learn how to use facial expression and gestures better and learn how to give better descriptions through the use of eye contact and body language while recognizing human behaviors and culture.
Voicing for Deaf Actors (PS) by Hilari Scarl - Using techniques developed among the hearing actors with the National Theatre of the Deaf (NTD) and a lifetime of work in professional theater, participants will learn: basic vocal acting skills to improve comedic timing, how to partner with deaf actors, how to connect with a hearing audience and how to make effective vocal character choices. Participants will have a chance to practice voicing to projected video clips of some of the world's best deaf actors.
VRS (PS) by Tamar Jackson Nelson & Alex Jackson Nelson - Workshop/Course Description: This workshop will provide participants information and the opportunity for in depth discussion about Video Relay Service (VRS) interpreting. Participants will analyze and discuss the NAD-RID Code of Professional Conduct (CPC) with respect to VRS work including respect for consumers, perceptions of consumer’s attitude, confidentiality, personal feelings vs. company policy, workplace culture, empowerment and oppression. Techniques for providing dynamically equivalent interpreting and exceptional customer service will be reviewed and practiced through activities and discussions.
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