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TRID 2016 State Conference - Capitalize your Skills in Music City!

  • June 03, 2016
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  • June 04, 2016
  • (CDT)
  • 2 sessions
  • June 03, 2016, 5:00 PM 9:00 PM (CDT)
  • June 04, 2016, 8:00 AM 5:00 PM (CDT)
  • Bridges 935 Edgehill Ave, Nashville, TN 37203


  • Must be a member in good standing during the 2015-2016 member year.
  • Not a current member.
  • Member and Non-Member Friday only
  • Must be a member in good standing during the 2015-2016 member year.
  • Saturday ONLY with Lunch must be purchased by May 15, 2016. Members and Non-Members
  • Saturday ONLY without lunch Members and Non-Members
  • You must be enrolled in school to get this rate. Please send verification to bksellers@gmail.com

EARLY BIRD good through May 1, 2016.
Late Registration May 2 - June 2, 2016
Registration after May 15, 2016 may not guarantee a boxed lunch available on Saturday and TRID may not be able to accommodate a food allergy.
Registration is closed

Capitalize your Skills in Music City!


TRID is excited and ready to welcome you to this year's TRID conference in Nashville, TN. This year’s conference will be located at Bridges on June 3-4, 2016. This year we are doing things a little differently; the choice is yours! For each of the three workshop times, you will have two workshops options presented by our very talented and knowledgeable presenters. You will have the opportunity to earn a total of .9 CEUs. Here is what you can look forward to:  


Schedule of Events

  FRIDAY, June 3

  5:00-5:30: Registration

  5:30-6:00: Opening Remarks

  6:00-9:00: Workshops #1 (.3 CEUs)

  SATURDAY, June 4

  8:00-9:00: Registration

  9:00-12:00: Workshops #2 (.3 CEUs)

  12:00-1:30: Business Meeting

  2:00-5:00: Workshops #3 (.3 CEUs)
Friday Evening


“The Demand-Control Schema: A Tool for Exploring Our Work as Interpreters” - Will White


In this workshop we will look at the Demand - Control Schema as described by Robyn Dean and Robert Pollard.  Using a process of identification, categorization, and response coupled with a process of visualizing demands on interpreters participants will enhance their ability to engage in issue specific discussions about the work of interpreting.


“Interpreting Like Deaf People Talk” - Bill Ross

This workshop will address features that naturally occur in American Sign Language; that may not be present in the language of second language learners.  The goal of our interpreting is to use language that is readily understood by our consumers.  In light of this, we must strive to adapt our interpretations and language usage so that it resembles that of native and natural users of the language.  If we wish for our interpretation to be accessible to Deaf consumers, ASL features such as non-manual markers, use of space, classifiers, ASL structure/grammar, expansion techniques, along with other features, must be incorporated into our interpretation.  This workshop will introduce various features with suggestions on incorporating such features into our work and language.



“He Said, She Said” - Bill Ross

This workshop will highlight the differences between how discourse is handled in English and ASL; an oft cited concern in new interpreters.  English typically uses reported speech to describe an interaction between individuals; which is often conveyed in past tense.  However ASL constructs a dialogue and utilizes characterization and present tense features to achieve the same goal.  It is critical for interpreters to work between these two linguistic styles/features to provide a clear interpretation.  The interpreter must be aware that individuals are distinguished by body/role shift, changes in eye gaze, location or placement of signs, and differing demeanor.  Examples in both English and ASL will be provided as well as opportunities for practice and application of skills.

“Tears to Fears: The Importance of Affect in the English Product” - Dr. Sabrina Smith

Interpreting from ASL to English is more than just understanding the content of the message. Interpreters must also learn to understand the speaker’s intent. Not only that, but we need to always be aware of the speaker’s body language, non manuals, and other cues that carry a wealth of information. This workshop takes a new look at affect that addresses emotions, speaker goals, and other details involved in the English product. We will look at types of speeches and analyze how their delivery may be different based on the genre, for example a graduation speech compared to a preacher’s sermon or the differences in voicing for various age groups and genders. This workshop provides hands on experience that allows each participant to get involved and learn skills designed to convey an equivalent message using appropriate affect.


“Interpreting - The Dark Side” - Bill Ross

The interpreting profession has a sense of camaraderie unlike many other professions. As part of a human services profession we have the honor and privilege of being present at some of the most sacred moments in the lives of Deaf people.  Yet, in spite of all this goodness, there is a darker, less desirable side to our profession. Some of the dark marks on our profession are lateral (or horizontal) violence, the absence of grace and compassion for our colleagues, and personal/professional comparisons. These are just a few of the “weeds” growing in the field of interpreting, however, it does not have to remain this way. This workshop will address being agents of change, deliberately building goodwill, and additional strategies to become undivided, whole practitioners for our own benefit and for the benefit of the people we serve.


“Putting the Right Face Forward: Affect in the ASL Product” - Dr. Sabrina Smith

Many interpreters begin their ASL product focusing on things like word choice, speaker goals, and message equivalency. All of these things are very important. But when is the last time you stopped and thought about if you were signing like a preacher or a professor. There are things to consider in affect that sometimes get overlooked, things like: speed, size of signing space, and non-manuals. Have you ever been interpreting and the consumer could not see the speaker, maybe a video relay call, only for the consumer to be surprised to find out it was a man in his 50s rather than a teenager? These are the things we need to be aware of as interpreters and work to hone skills that allow us to match not only the emotions of the speaker, but also help identify gender, age, and even the educational level. The goal of this workshop is to help interpreters learn to convey the message in the most respectful way possible by being able to effectively interpret with an affect equivalent to the consumer.

Meet Our Fantastic Presenters

Bill Ross

William F. Ross III, a child of Deaf parents, has been interpreting for more than 30 years and holds dual certification (CI/CT) from the Registry of Interpreters of the Deaf. He has a Master of Science Degree in Special Education from Missouri State University. Currently, Bill is an Associate Professor in the Carlstrom Interpreter Training Program at North Central University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mr. Ross was previously employed as the Director of the Communication Access Support Services Department at North Carolina School for the Deaf (NCSD); where he established the NCSD Mentorship Project and Distance Learning Initiatives Mentoring Program to provide ongoing support to educational and freelance interpreters. He is passionate about building mentoring relationships, studying ASL and accompanying interpreters on the journey of interpreting. Formerly, Bill held the member-at-large board position with Minnesota Registry of Interpreters of the Deaf and the fundraising chair.

Sabrina Smith, Ph.D.

Sabrina Smith started interpreting after receiving certificates of completion from an ITP at Thomas Nelson Community College as well as an ITP from 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 15 years in elementary, middle and high school settings. She works as a video relay interpreter, freelance interpreter, mentor, an instructor at local community colleges, and as a performing arts interpreter for Broadway shows and concerts in her area. She is also the Region II delegate for IEIS (Interpreters in Educational and Instructional Settings) She has presented various workshops, and also presented abroad in Peru helping to empower the Deaf community to seek interpreters for their children in mainstreamed schools.

Will White

Will White is a veteran interpreter with more than 23 years of experience in K-12, post-secondary, community, employment and VRS contexts. Will holds a Bachelor of Science in Educational Interpreting from the University of Tennessee. Will also has a Master's Degree in American Sign Language / English Interpreting with a focus on Interpreter Pedagogy from the University of North Florida. Will has previously presented workshops on interpreting 911 / VRS calls,  the Interpersonal dimension of the Demand Control Schema, and Interpreting in Financial Contexts. Will is co-owner / mentor of Established Hands: Interpreting Consultants with his wife Heather. Together they care for their family and enjoy traveling and photography as well as caring for their four-legged fur babies.


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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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