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Get a Grip on Fingerspelling (.3 PS CEUs)

  • NC School for the Deaf 517 West Fleming Drive Morganton, NC, 28655 United States (map)

Workshop Description:  Interpreters often face barriers when interpreting fingerspelling.  Fingerspelling is generally thought to have the same twenty-six letters of the English alphabet in manual form.  This is not necessarily the case.  Research has shown that there are upwards of ninety different finger spelled “letters”.  This is possible due to sign assimilation among other elements including fluency and rhythm of fingerspelling. 

Presenter: Teaching undergraduate ASL courses since 2004, Beverly Woodel is member of the faculty at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, N.C., where she teaches ASL. She currently holds Provisional Certification through the national American Sign Language Teachers’ Association (ASLTA). She holds a Master’s Degree from Gallaudet University in Sign Language Teaching and a Bachelor’s Degree from Gallaudet University in Physical Education.


From a Deaf family, Woodel was raised in Morganton, N.C., where she attended North Carolina School for the Deaf, as did many generations of her family.


During her leisure time, she enjoys quality time with family, assisting her mother when needed, and spending time with her Deaf husband and her two hearing children. When Beverly and her family are not out enjoying the lake on their jet skis or taking out the pontoon boat, she enjoys participating in cross-fit training classes and competition. Beverly and her family currently reside in Morganton, N.C.