2015 neRID Fall Conference

Friday November 6th 6:00PM-9:00PM
Registration starts at 5:00 PM.

Amy Meckler: “Beyond Ethics”
William F. Ross III: “He said, She said”

Saturday November 7th 8:00AM-4:00PM
neRID will have a board meeting from 12:00PM-1:00PM

Amy L. Meckler: “Whatchamacallit and Thingamajig: English Expansion for Interpreters”
William F. Ross III: “Developing Receptive Skills”

Capitol City Christian Church
7800 Holdrege Street
Lincoln, NE 68505

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Comfort Suites
331 North Cotner
Lincoln NE 68505
(844) 800-5293
The motel is five minutes from the workshop.  A block of rooms has been reserved under neRID.
Rooms are $150.00 per night.The rooms are double beds with a pull out bed. You do have the option of staying both Friday and Saturday. The last day to book a hotel room under our block for the discounted rate is October 6th.
November 7 is a Nebraska Cornhusker home game against Michigan State – BOOK NOW!

Amy Meckler

Beyond Ethics – Friday, November 6, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Since RID’s founding, it has repeatedly altered and even reversed its standards for ethical conduct. Many of us feel in conflict over what is expected by our colleagues, employers and consumers.  What guides us, then, in making decisions in the moment, and reflect on our actions in retrospect?  Beyond Ethics is an interactive, participant-centered workshop offering a framework for ethical decision-making based on the values that originally drew us to this profession.  Participants will gain new tools for making ethical choices, reflecting on their practice, and leading a professional life more focused on being allies of the Deaf community.

Whatchamacallit and Thingamajig: English Expansion for Interpreters – Saturday, November 7, 8:00 – 4:00 PM
Your first language is English, but don’t stop there!  Ever feel tongue tied on the job, or found yourself searching for that elusive perfect English word?  The better your command of English, the more accurate choices you can make when voicing, speaking to your team about how you want to be fed, or explaining your role to hearing consumers.  This interactive workshop creates a supportive, participant-centered environment to build on what you know and practice new skills.

BIOGRAPHY (from her website):
Amy has worked as a Sign Language interpreter in New York City since 1993 and received her Certificate of Interpretation in 1997. Amy earned her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Hunter College in 2001, where she garnered the Academy of American Poets Award, among other honors. She has served on the board of New York City Metro RID, contributed to Views and is a co-founder of the Deaf/Interpreter Relations Committee, which seeks to bridge the Deaf and interpreter communities through open dialogue.  In addition to being a freelance interpreter and mentor, She is the creator and presenter of three professional development workshops.
Find out more at: amymeckler.com

William F. Ross III

He Said, She Said – Friday, November 6, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
This workshop will highlight the differences between how discourse is handled or constructed 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 uses characterization and present tense to achieve the same goal.  How interpreters work appropriately between these two styles is critical to provide a clear interpretation.  The interpreter must be aware of tense changes in the interpretation when compared to the original exchange.  Examples in both English and ASL will be provided as well as opportunities for practice and application of newly learned skills.

Developing Receptive Skills – Saturday, November 7, 8:00 – 4:00 PM
Improving visual receptive language skills among sign language interpreters and/or users is the focus of this training.  Many interpreters/signers for the Deaf today acquire American Sign Language (ASL) as a second language; the ability to understand sign language is critical to a comprehensive understanding of the signed message.  Providing interpreters with the tools needed to identify areas of concern will aid them in acquiring the skills needed to comprehend the message and render an accurate interpretation.  Attention will be given to various techniques that aid in developing greater receptive ability.  Some topics addressed:  contextual clues, numeric recognition, fingerspelling, regional signs, and techniques used to elicit repetition from Deaf speakers. [Participants will have an opportunity to practice voice interpreting in small groups]

William F. Ross III, a child of Deaf parents, has been interpreting for more than 28 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; currently he is the fund raising chair.