Tennessee Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf


Defy the Status Quo

  • March 20, 2020
  • 6:00 PM
  • March 21, 2020
  • Bridges for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing 935 Edgehill Ave, Nashville, TN 37203


William F. Ross III

Defy the Status Quo

March 20, 2020
6:00-9:00pm for 0.3 PS CEUs


Each sign language interpreter has a role and accompanying responsibilities that are all encompassing; linguistic, logistic, behavioral and relational (to name a few). Every decision we make is loaded with ethical implications that can impact the life and liberty of members of the Deaf community. But, have you ever stopped to consider WHY you make the decisions you do? We are clearly influenced by multiple factors, some of which are, the laws of the legal system, the Code of Professional Conduct, and individual workplace policies and procedures. However, this workshop proposes, the historic values of our profession hold sway over our belief system and subsequently our behavior. The antiquated values of neutrality, invisibility, secrecy and the overemphasis on role continue to influence practitioners, both new and old alike. It is vital that we understand the depth of these rooted values and our profession’s drive to maintain the status quo. Together, we will examine and discuss why we lean in one “ethical direction” instead of another and its impact on community trust. Consideration will be given to relational autonomy and the conditions that foster transparent decision-making by interpreters and the other individuals involved in the interpreting process.
Being Comfortable in the Uncomfortable
March 21, 2020
9:00-4:30am for 0.6 PS CEUs (1.5 hour lunch)
Bridges for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
935 Edgehill Ave, Nashville, TN 37203

Sign Language interpreting is not a profession for those who are uncomfortable with change. Interpreting is an ever developing field that requires its practitioners to change, adapt, and grow. Often, the issue is not the lack of desire to change, but rather the ability to create lasting change. How do we, as interpreters, know what we should be changing; what should we keep, tweak or trash? How can we improve our work in ways that are identifiable and visible? In this training we will examine some of the features of change and how to recognize the evidence of genuine change. In addition, we will practice transforming our current work. Specific tools will be utilized to create a path and plan to guide long term and lasting changes to our work – both linguistic and interpreting.
Cost: $30 for Defy the Status Quo and $60 for Being Comfortable in the Uncomfortable OR $80 for both
Cancellation Prior to April 20 = Full Refund, Cancellation April 20-March 13th = 50% refund
Cancellation after March 13th = No Refund


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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