Tennessee Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

Sample Platter

We want you to be able to "sample" all of our presenters this year.

Please choose the order you would like to sample in and we will do our best to honor your request.  The conference planners will try to keep the workshop attendance split equally as best they can so everyone gets to enjoy learning in the best possible environment.

Upcoming events

Special Thanks to our Conference Sponsors

Click on the Sponsor to be taken to their website.

*Healing Hands massage therapy will have business cards on site

Hotel Information

Holiday Inn: Knoxville West - Cedar Bluff Rd

9134 Executive Park DriveKnoxville, Tennessee 37923

We have a group rate of $115.00 per night.  You can make your reservations one of two ways:

(this information is from the hotel)

This offer is good through April 5, 2019

Option 1:

  • Call the hotel directly at 865-342-3420
  • Make your reservation using the group block "TN Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf"

Option 2:

  • Use the group booking link:  TRID Growing Together 2019
  • Fill in your stay dates April 26-28, 2019
  • Hit the green submit button, this will take you to the page that shows the option to book the double rooms and gives you the group rate of $115.00 per night.
  • Continue making your reservation on line by inputting your information and confirming
  • You will receive a confirmation email once completed with your confirmation number for your records

TRID Growing Together 2019

Special Airbnb

Rose Byrum lives in a large restored hay barn her grandfather built in 1947.  There are accommodations for a limited number of out-of-town interpreters during the 2019 TRID conference.  Lodging cost is $35 per night/per person.  These are shared rooms - no private accommodations are available for this price.  You are on your own for food, but can use the kitchen, equipped with pots and pans.  Also included are towels, pillows, bed linens, hair dryer, body wash, shampoo and conditioner.

Links to pictures of the rooms:



Use the links to view the barn lodging, but for the TRID Conference price, do not book through Airbnb.  Contact Rose directly at roseterp@gmail.com or call/text (865) 801-4292.  The TRID 2019 Conference price is offered from April 23rd through 29th.

This lodging is located approximately 34 miles or approximately 45 minutes

from Pellissippi Community College, Hardin Valley Campus where the conference will be held.


Anna McDuffie, B.S., CI & CT, NIC, SC: L

A native of Atlanta, graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Interpreting for the Deaf. After graduation, she moved to Boston where she worked as a staff interpreter at the Learning Center for Deaf Children, a bilingual/bicultural school for the Deaf. She also worked part time at Boston University as an interpreter for various graduate programs. Anna returned to Atlanta in 1999 and has been working as a freelance interpreter for the past 19 years. She earned a Certificate of Interpretation and Certificate of Transliteration from RID in 1999, the Specialist Certificate: Legal from RID in 2008 and the National Interpreter Certification from RID in 2011. Anna began teaching medical interpreting workshops along with her co-presenter, Heather Brown, in 2008 and is very passionate about standardizing best practices for medical and legal interpreting. Additionally, they published an article in a nationally peer reviewed medical journal entitled Health Care Providers and the Americans with Disabilities Act in the Journal of the American Association of Physician Assistants in January of 2011. She also teaches workshops on legal interpreting.  Anna currently lives in Marietta, Georgia, with her husband, Eric. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her step-daughter, Cece, her fur kids, Lola and Pippa, traveling, and playing tennis.

Dr. Dan Hoffman              

Born to deaf parents, Dr. Dan Hoffman has used American Sign Language all his life. He has been bestowed a unique educational background. He attended various school settings, first oral communication, then total communication (SimCom), and finally graduating from Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind where ASL was mainly used.

After 14 years working for the United States Postal Service, he decided to change his direction because of his passion for teaching. This led to obtaining his bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Gallaudet University. He also earned a Master’s and Doctorate’s in Deaf Studies/Deaf Education at Lamar University.

He had taught ASL/Deaf Studies for over 15 years at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Utah Valley University, and currently, is the ASL Education Coordinator at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He is an urbanist, scholar, advocator, and traveler. He is married with two daughters, three step-sons and four grandchildren.

Carla Shird, CDI, LPC

Carla Shird is a Certified Deaf Interpreter and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).   She has expertise in providing workshops, consultation, and mental health counseling including working with ASL users.  She is passionate about helping people create self-awareness, self-care, and becoming more connected with themselves, others, and their purposes.


Anna McDuffie, B.S., CI & CT, NIC, SC: L


Intro to Legal Interpreting: Roles of Court Interpreters and the Arraignment Process

This workshop will break down the legal analysis necessary to staff legal assignments according to national best practices as well as go over the arraignment process including heavy emphasis on the Guilty Plea Litany.  Highlight topics: assignment preparation, what to do upon arrival, specific tips and best practice for interpreting arraignments, the “art” of staffing legal assignments with respect to the various court interpreter roles, review the difference between proceedings, table and investigative interpreting.

Dr. Dan Hoffman


"But They Understand Me Fine" Exploring the Benefits of Working with CDIs

Deaf interpreters remain to be underused, thus uncommon in some parts of North America. This workshop is to serve as an introduction to the long history of language brokering among Deaf individuals, as well as provide a basis for which to build upon situations when a Deaf interpreter would be warranted. The workshop will include group discussions. By the end of this workshop participants will be better able to:

  •  Define Deaf Interpreting.
  •  Describe a brief history of Deaf Interpreting.
  •  Recognize specific situations when Deaf Interpreters would be beneficial to an interpreted event.
  •  List several benefits of using Deaf Interpreters.
  •  Identify when there is a need for a Deaf interpreter.
  •  Describe how they would educate consumers about the need for a Deaf Interpreter.
  • Utilize team strategies used in interpreting situation

Carla Shird, CDI, LPC


Awareness is Powerful

*Power, Privilege and Oppression CEU approved*

We are taught to not discuss topics that are either uncomfortable to ourselves or others.  Not discussing uncomfortable topics would leave us in an ignorant state and not allow us to grow.  When we do discuss uncomfortable topics, it is easy to point fingers or attempt to end the conversation quickly.  We need to have uncomfortable dialogues and increase awareness of our and others' power and privilege in a safe environment.  This workshop will not only discuss the meaning of power and privilege and how to unpack your power and privilege, but this workshop will also help you to increase your awareness by looking at it deeper, be comfortable with being aware, and learning how to have a healthy dialogue about it with ourselves and others. 


Welcome to Knoxville

ASL: Official Language of RID Conferences

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Cancelation Policy

You can cancel your registration by contacting tnridconference@gmail.com prior to April 4, 2019. 

There is a $10 cancellation fee for all cancellations.

Registrations can not be transferred.


TRID fosters an environment of mutual respect and inclusion that is free from harassment, bias and discrimination based on race, color, religion (creed), gender identity or expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status.

Accordingly, the TRID conference welcomes an audience of novice to experienced interpreters, interpreting students, and members of the local and state deaf community.

The conference site is wheelchair accessible and will primarily be conducted in ASL.  Any spoken content will be interpreted into ASL.  When registering, please let us know if any other accommodations as defined by the ADA are needed.

TRID Mission Statement

The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. promotes excellence in the delivery of interpreting services among diverse users of signed and spoken languages through professional development, networking, advocacy, and standards.

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