Lawrence Shockey will begin our workshop by touching on various laws that affect sign language interpreters increasing awareness of laws at the local, state, and federal level. In addition to describing each law, and he will explain how each applies to the work of sign language interpreters. He will share stories from his wealth of personal experience and perspective. In the afternoon portion of the workshop, Lawrence Shockey, Pam King, and Deborah Leisey will facilitate a discussion as we apply what we learned that morning to several scenarios. Through group discussions we will practice explaining our services in relation to what the law requires.
Interpreting Services Specialist, DSDHH Raleigh Regional Center
Lawrence has worked as the Interpreting Service Specialist with the NC DSDHH since 1998 and has been a NC licensed interpreter since 2005. Previously he was employed by VR and Dorothea Dix Hospital where he started his career working with people who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind.
Lawrence’s involvement with persons of different abilities is not just an 8-5 job. He is the proud father of four (4) adopted children, each of whom have a different ability, one of whom is Deaf with Autism. In 2001, he was appointed by the Governor to the NC Council for Developmental Disabilities. He was also involved with setting up the first Arc of Johnston County, served as a disability consultant for Johnston County’s Guardian Ad Litem program, volunteered to assist a special education attorney, served as liaison for DSDHH to TRID and from 2007 to 2013, administered his own home school to meet the special needs of his child. Lawrence truly eat, sleeps and breathes in the world of disabilities.