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, 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. Through group discussions, we will practice explaining our services in relation to what the law requires.
Lawrence Shockey Interpreting Services Specialist, DSDHH Raleigh Regional Center Lawrence has worked as an Interpreting Service Specialist with the N.C. DSDHH since 1998 and has been a N.C. licensed interpreter since 2005. Previously, he was employed by Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services 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 people of different abilities is not just an 8-5 job. He is the proud father of four adopted children, each of whom have a different ability and one of whom is Deaf with Autism. In 2001, he was appointed by the Governor to the N.C. 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 eats, sleeps and breathes in the world of disabilities.