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"Empowerment Through Touch" Coastal Workshop

  • Cape Fear Community College Wilmington, NC 28405 (map)

“Empowerment Through Touch”

1.4 Professional CEUs


January 15-16, 2016
9am-4pm (lunch included, provided by The Interpreter Network)
Cape Fear Community College, North Campus
BB&T Auditorium
Wilmington, NC

Cost: $10 NCRID Members/Students/Deaf Community Members

$40 Non-Members

$50 Includes access to this workshop and NCRID membership

Registration Deadline: Dec. 20, 2015 (or when space is full)

A wait list will be created after all spaces are taken during regular registration.

Registration Form & Event Flyer here

Description: Participants will have an opportunity to learn about the touch communication system that is beneficial to people who are Deaf-Blind and practice how to draw perfect pictures discretely with touch. Participants will learn the latest updates on the use of touch communication systems happening. Participants will realize how powerful touch can be when working with consumers who have vision and hearing loss. The touch communication system includes, but is not limited to, the use of Tactile Sign Language, Touch Cues, and Touch Signals. The workshop will also include Cultural perspectives and other systems which have been researched and successfully used in other countries. Participation is encouraged in this workshop through hands-on practice.

Presented by Marilyn C. Trader, MS and Ashley Benton, LCSW MSW

Marilyn Trader possesses a Baccalaureate of Science degree in the disciplines of Psychology and Sociology, with a concentration in Political Science from Illinois State University and earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Gallaudet University. She was a Clinical Social Worker for approximately 10 years and prior to this was a Rehabilitation Counselor for Deaf-Blind with the Services for the Blind in North Carolina. As the HKNC Southeast Regional Representative serving four states, she is able to spread her knowledge, skills and services to others in her region, plus continue to work with other allies in the field nationally and internationally.

Ashley Benton is the Deaf-Blind Services Specialist with the Raleigh Regional Center. She provides direct services to 17 counties in the regional center catchment area and provides consultation to staff in the eastern part of the state. Ms. Benton is Deaf-Blind with Usher Syndrome and communicates using tactile American Sign Language. She served three years with the National Task Force on Deaf-Blind interpreting and is now serving on the North Carolina Interpreters and Transliterators Licensing Board. Ms. Benton received a Master’s degree in Social Work specific to services for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind with a specialty certification from East Carolina University.


Language of  Presentation: This training will be conducted in spoken English and American Sign Language. Sign language interpreters will be provided for spoken English to American Sign Language interpretation. Voice interpretation will not be provided.

For other accommodations contact Maria Ortado at

Refund and Cancellation Policy: All cancellations are requested to be made as soon as possible to allow for the space to be opened to those on waiting list. No refunds, except for medical emergencies, will be issued past Jan. 2, 2016.

(NCRID reserves the right to cancel within 30 days of the program, with a full refund to participants, due to low enrollment.)

NCRID is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for Continuing Education Activities. This Professional/ General Studies program is offered for 1.4 CEUs at the selected Content Knowledge Level: Some Knowledge Required

Registration mailed to:

Coastal Regional Committee

524 s 4th St

Wilmington NC 28401

Checks payable to NCRID, subject line Coastal Reg. Cmte.

 We have received several questions about the Empowerment workshop and wanted to respond to the whole group.

 1. You must print and mail your registration form, along with payment to Maria (see address on flyer). Space is very limited and spaces will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis.

 2. NCRID membership is from July 1st-June 30th, no matter when you sign up. The 2014-2015 application is the only one available on the NCRID website, but I am sure that it is fine to use for the 2015-2016 year. You can access it here:

3. The workshop will be from 9-4 on both the 15th and the 16th for a total of 1.4 CEUs. You must attend both days of the workshop.