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Interpreting Immersion:  Enrich your interpretations with the power of depiction

This course is offered by a GURIEC partner, 

the Gallaudet Center for Continuing Education

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Dates and times:  Aug 17-25, 2016. 8:30-4:00 pm each day, including Sat. & Sun.
Location: Gallaudet University, Washington, DC.
Instructor: Alisha Bronk, MA, CDI.
This popular course is back! Both Deaf and hearing interpreters are invited for in-depth, meaningful practice in a supportive environment.
Learn to recognize opportunities to use depiction, expand your linguistic toolkit, and increase your confidence with ASL discourse features. Participants will explore the vital components of effective ASL discourse: advanced non-manual signals and facial grammar, classifiers, constructed action/dialogue, and more. Integrate these features into your work in a variety of interpreting settings. Participants will have hands-on practice interpreting medical, technical, and narrative source texts, to create more effective and engaging interpretations.
Instructor bio: Alisha Bronk's mission is to share her love of American Sign Language and its benefits with as many people as possible. She is the creator of the ASL Tales DVD/book series. She received a master's degree in TESOL: Applied Linguistics from Portland State University and a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Gallaudet University. She is currently a freelance Certified Deaf Interpreter and adjunct professor in the Dept. of Interpretation. Ms. Bronk is a regular presenter at conferences for interpreting and Deaf organizations. She also frequently serves as a Deaf mentor and ASL tutor for families of Deaf children, interpreters, and ASL students.
Who should register: Deaf and hearing interpreters (certified or pre-certified); advanced Deaf and hearing interpreting students.
Pre-requisites: ASL proficiency (minimum of ASL III). Some prior interpreting coursework, training, and/or experience. If you have questions about your eligibility, contact the instructor:
Tuition: $837 for 3 Professional Studies Credits.
(Does not include course materials; see Course Descriptionunder PST 352-02).
Room & board (recommended, optional): $74/day for shared dorm and all meals.
More information: Visit the CCS website. Look for PST 352-02.
CEUs: 4.5 Professional Studies.
Content level: Some prior knowledge of topic required.
The Gallaudet Center for Continuing Studies (CCS) is an approved RID sponsor for continuing education activities.



Deaf Self-Advocacy Training

Location: NVRC
3951 Pender Drive,
Suite 130,
Fairfax, VA 22030

April 9 , 2016
8:30 am to 5:00 pm. 

RSVP by April 2nd

Learn your rights to equal communications access, utilize resources for action, ethics and professionalism, working with interpreters, and advocate for yourself and for others! 
Provided by MaryRose Gonzalez and Jenny Witteborg, only for $5. RSVP by April 2nd by contacting either MaryRose ( or Jenny ( Light breakfast and lunch will be provided by a local Deaf chef, Kurt Ramborger! 
Thanks to Jenny for sharing and be sure to register for one of the 20 reserved seats today! 
Deaf Self-Advocacy Training_Saturday, April 9, 2016



National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers
Announcing: Discover Interpreting Enhanced Search Tools!

We are excited to announce enhanced search tools on! Your search just became easier!

Go to the website, hoover your mouse over "paths to interpreting" then click on our new search features

  • Find an ASL or Deaf Studies Program
  • Find an ASL-English Interpreting Program
You may narrow your search by:
  • State
  • Private/Public programs
  • Online programs
  • Select type of degree
As always, more information can be found on the NCIEC website.



Presented by Outreach Services, VSDB VSDB_outreach

Tina Childress, MA,CCC-A,

Is a trainer for the Illinois School for the Deaf Outreach Program and the 2014 winner of the I. King Jordan Award and Phonak’s Cheryl DeConde Johnson Award for outstanding achievement in Educational and Pediatric Audiology.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to describe features of apps that can be used with children with hearing loss (and with adults), list sources for finding apps for no or low cost, and name apps that can be used to work on receptive and expressive language skills for children developing listening and spoken language skills and/or signing skills.

Target Audience: Speech and language pathologists, teachers of the deaf/hard of hearing, audiologists, Part C providers, parents, and consumers.

October 19, 2015      9:30 – 2:00

Register by October 12

(see attached registration form below)

J.F. Fick Conference Center,
1301 Sam Perry Blvd,
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

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VAD Leadership Training Program Hosted by Greater Richmond and Hampton Roads

DATE: Saturday, September 12, 2015
TIME: 9:00AM to 5:00PM
AT: Tidewater Community College Virginia Beach Campus
1700 College Crescent Virginia Beach, VA 23453

Tentative Topics:

  •  Leadership (different leadership styles)
  •  Board of Directors (board duties and responsibilities)
  • Legislative Advocacy (local state/delegate speaker on state government and General Assembly)
  •  Legislation (how bills are formulated, voted, and passed/failed)
  •  Interpreting, Interpreters, and Access
  • Financial report preparation

Light Breakfast and Lunch will be provided by Leadership Training Program Fund.
For more information, contact Sally Thompson ~ (Email)

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VAD Leadership Training Program

Hosted by Northern Virginia Association of the Deaf

DATE: Saturday, March 14, 2015
TIME: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Where: Northern Virginia Resource Center
3951 Pender Drive,
Suite 130 Fairfax, VA 22030

Tentative Topics:

  • Leadership (different leadership styles)
  • Board of Directors (board duties and responsibilities)
  • Legislative Advocacy (local state/delegate speaker on state government and General Assembly)
  • Legislation (how bills are formulated, voted, and passed/failed)
  • Interpreting (how to use)
  • Financial report preparation

Light Breakfast and Lunch will be provided by Leadership Training Program Fund.
For more information, contact Gary Viall ~ (Email)

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VAD Members, 

Jenny Witteborg made two VLOGs regarding the upcoming Legislative Training on Saturday, November 15th, 2014 from 8 AM-5 PM at VA Dept. for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, Henrico, VA.

VLOG # 1:

VLOG # 2:

Light breakfast and lunch is included with the registration fee. Registration form attached.

Registration deadline is November 1st. 

This event is co-sponsored by both Virginia Association of the Deaf and Gallaudet University
Regional Center - Southeast.
Questions? Contact Gary Viall, Feel free to share this email with interested parties!

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Virginia Association of the Deaf and Gallaudet University Regional Center - Southeast is sponsoring a Legislative Training event on Saturday, November 15th.

Light breakfast and lunch will be provided by VAD
* First come, first served up to 40 participants
* Participants will receive Certificate of Attendance NAD Legislative Training

Workshop will be held at:
VA Dept. for Aging and Rehabilitative Services 8004 Franklin Farms Drive Henrico, VA 23229


Register today or before November 1st to book one of the 40 available seats! 

See attachment for more information.

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February 3, 2014
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Summer Leadership Training for Students with Disabilities
Apply Now
 for YLF!

Once a year, rising high school juniors and seniors can apply to become a delegate for the Youth Leadership Forum (YLF). Although applications are due by March 31student-walking-hallway.jpgthe YLF occurs in the summer--this year it will be held July 28-Aug.1 at Virginia Commonwealth University.

If you know of a student with a disability who is motivated, and wants to learn not only leadership skills but also is interested in advocacy, history, and improving the lives of people with disabilities, share the link to the video on You Tube at andthe application, which can be downloaded at

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Would you like to be a Certified Deaf Interpreter?
Do you enjoy the interpreting process and want to learn more?
Would you like to learn what skills you need,
and practice them with a renowned CDI Trainer? 

Please join us for this training!

Friday-Sunday, September 20-22*, 2013 at Gallaudet University. (First priority given to applicants from the GURIEC region).    Current & aspiring Deaf interpreters, join us for a weekend of learning!  This training is appropriate for novices and pre-certified Deaf interpreters.All participants are expected to read the book So You Want to be an Interpreter.

Adult CPR and First Aid Class in ASL on June 8th!

Come and learn how to perform Adult CPR and First Aid entirely taught in ASL by a Red Cross certified instructor. The class will be held on June 8th from 9 am - 3 pm and lunch will be provided. The class will be held in Woodbridge at the Prince William County Government Complex in Woodbridge, VA.

The training is free to residents of Woodbridge, Dale City, Quantico, Dumfries Montclair, Manassas (20112 only) and Stafford (22554 and 22556 only). If you do not live in those areas the cost is $50, which includes lunch. Class size limited to 10 people. For more information email

Class is hosted by Providing Access to Healthcare for the Deaf Community (PAH) through a grant from the Potomac Health Foundation.

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By Cheryl Heppner, 6/16/11

What a fabulous first day at “A Capitol Celebration,” Hearing Loss Association of America’s annual convention at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City!  It was a gray morning with ever-increasing drizzle when I ventured out with Galaxy for our early morning exercise, but we found a wonderful spot for Frisbee chasing with tree canopies for protection.  From there we raced over to the Starbucks adjacent to the convention hotel to grab a couple things for my breakfast as well as Galaxy’s conference banana.  Watching the faces of people as they walked briskly toward me on the sidewalk, intent on getting to work, I saw many of them smile at the sight of my goofy dog trotting proudly with her banana. It filled me with good cheer. 

Things kicked off in the exhibit hall with  grand opening from noon to 1:30 pm. There were some clever food choices for those attending, but I was already full.  Somehow four of us from NVRC – Bonnie, Marla, Kalen and me – bumped into each other on the second floor near the Hyatt’s Cinnabar café, though not all at the same time.  Kalen and I ended up eating lunch at Cinnabar, and I got my first big surprise of the conference when our orders arrived.  We both ordered what we thought were appetizer-sized portions, but they were served on plates more the size of serving platters.  My green salad was enough for two meals.

I’m busting my buttons a bit because two of the HLAA staff took me aside today to thank me for the hotel staff training that Bonnie and Marla did earlier this week to help prepare two hotels for the big crowd of people who can’t always hear door knocks, might confuse “pay” with “may”, and maybe have hearing aids that squeal now and again.  They said that Bonnie and Marla’s training was fabulous.  But I knew that.  They are always fabulous unless they are awesome or terrific. I love my job.

Speaking of staff, the HLAA staff and volunteers are doing an amazing job themselves.  My check-in yesterday was a total delight.  Everyone was helpful, pleasant, and organized. 

This must be one of the largest conventions because I can’t remember when I’ve had so many hugs in a day, waved to so many people passing by that I’ve met at previous conventions, and met so many new people. I was thrilled to run into Carole Purdum and her husband last night.  Carole and I were seatmates at last year’s Opening Session in Milwaukee and I had such fun getting to know her.  It’s nice to see many other couples here as well such as  John Waldo and his wife, Wayne Roorda and his wife, former area residents Gerry and Sheila Adams.

I spotted a group of staff from the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at lunch today, how nice this is an in-state conference that they could carpool and afford to attend.  And was happy to see the seemingly indestructible Arva Priola in great health after recent surgery.

But I ramble.  I’m writing too late in the day with a head too full of useful information and a steno pad full of notes from presentations and exhibits to be organized.  They’ll be coming!  I’ve got to take Galaxy for her final walk of the night and then get ready to hit the sack. Tomorrow the note taking starts at 9 am with the Research Symposium, which will probably come to you in at least three separate chunks because it’s three hours long.  Marla, Bonnie and I are taking turns with the three segments.



Cheryl Heppner, Marla Dougherty, Kalen Beck