Santa's Tinsel Town

Greetings! It’s time for the Holiday Celebration at North Lake Mall, Tuesday December 5, 2017!


Every year the Charlotte Regional Center along with Northlake Mall sponsors a Holiday celebration for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students. Again this year, we are planning a fun and exciting program which will include various activities and a Deaf Santa Claus. This environment will provide communication access for all. In addition to the fun activities lunch will be provided.


Come out and join us this year! Our Holiday Celebration is Tuesday, December 5th, 2017, 9:00am to 1:00pm at Northlake Mall, 6801 Northlake Mall Drive, Charlotte, NC 28216. We will meet at the Food Court on the upper level near H&M. Flyer for this event is attached.


To ensure enough food is provided please RSVP the total number attending (including staff) to Blaire McCorkle, Charlotte Regional Manager at or call our main office 704-568-8558 to leave your RSVP and number attending; by December 1, 2017. If you know of any school staff who work with deaf and hard of hearing children please pass this information along to them as well.


Sign Language Interpreters will be provided during this event. For other specific accommodations/communication needs please contact Anita Baker at 704-568-8558 ext. 274

We look forward to seeing you December 5th!

If you have any questions please contact the Charlotte Regional Center at 704-568-8558.

Survey for Region II Interpreters

I am Amanda M. David, graduate student in the Master of Art in Interpreting Studies and Communication Equity (MAISCE) program at St. Catherine University. Under the guidance of Dr. Erica Alley and Dr. Jeremy Brunson, I am exploring characterizations of conference interpreting by sign language interpreters. I am writing today to request your participation in a brief questionnaire about your experience working in conference settings. 

The questionnaire will take approximately 20-25 minutes to complete.  Your responses will be anonymous and cannot be traced back to you.  The Institutional Review Board (IRB) at St. Catherine University has approved the study (Protocol #936). If you have any questions or comments about this study, I would be happy to talk with you. You can reach me at   You may also contact the St. Catherine University Institutional Review Board (IRB) at

I will collect responses until December 17, 2017. After that date, the questionnaire will be closed. Results will be disseminated through publications in professional journals and presentations given at conferences.

If you are at least 18 years of age and agree to participate, simply click on this to begin the survey: Conference Interpreting Survey
Thank you in advance for your support and participation!
Amanda M. David

Department of Interpretation

St. Catherine University


Calling all Certified Interpreters!!!



FRIDAY- April 6, 2018—6:00 to 9:00pm

SATURDAY-April 7, 2018


INTERPRETING in a Civil Courtroom Setting: A Mock Trail Experience

Instructor: Anna Witter-Merithew


This is a ten (10) contact hour training focused on interpreting in a civil courtroom setting during the implementation of a mock trial.  Working collaboratively with the local court system and legal community, the mock trial will be staffed and implemented in a fashion that simulates what actually transpires in a courtroom.  The target audience for this training event is certified Deaf and hearing interpreters who have completed introductory training in the area of legal interpreting and seek to gain hands-on experience in a simulated courtroom setting. This training will be of particular interest to interpreters who possess the SC:L and seek more court interpreting opportunities, or training that meets the requirement for their specialty CEUs[aw1] [aw2] . This training is also open to students, non-certified interpreters, and Deaf Community members who can observe the mock trial as part of a ‘fish-bowl’ learning opportunity.

The matter addressed during the mock trial will be a child custody proceeding involving Deaf parents who are going through a divorce and each trying to gain primary custody of a Deaf child.  This dynamic hands-on learning experience will provide certified practitioners with the opportunity to practice interpreting lines of questioning that arise during direct and cross examination, as well as exposure to the stages involved in a civil proceeding, and the related court personnel.

Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

·          Discuss the legal parameters that impact lines of questioning by attorneys during direct and cross examination and interviews.

·          Discuss the impact of legal strategy on the framing and execution of lines of questioning conducted by attorneys.

·          Discuss the translation demands that exist when interpreting lines of questioning and possible controls that can be used by the interpreter, with the resulting demands that are associated with each control.

·          Discuss the role of consecutive interpreting and notetaking as a control option that can be applied during the interpretation of deaf witness testimony.

·          Generate sample interpretations during a mock family court proceeding that involves multiple witness testimony, some of which is by deaf witnesses.

·          Identify resources for continued skill development.


This workshop will be in Charlotte, NC and is sponsored by NCRID/5 POINTS RID


Location: Will Be Determined

The goal is to schedule this workshop in the Charlotte Mecklenburg County Courthouse

832 E 4th St, Charlotte, NC 28202


This workshop is designed for multiple audiences

ACTIVE PARTICIPANTS: CETIFIED INTERPRETERS. The target audience for this training event is certified Deaf and hearing interpreters who have completed introductory training in the area of legal interpreting and seek to gain hands-on experience in a simulated courtroom setting. These registrants will be scheduled into rotations of team interpreting of various aspects of the court proceedings.

ALL OTHERS: This training is also open to students, non-certified interpreters, and Deaf Community members who can observe the mock trial as part of a ‘fish-bowl’ learning opportunity. As part of the fishbowl process, these participants will engage in discussion about their observations and consider the decision-making processes in which the working interpreters are involved. Any of these individuals who would like to earn CEUs will be required to take a pre- and post-test.

Upcoming Workshops

RID VIEWS Print Survey

RID Headquarters has developed a survey about the publication preferences of our members, in response to a number of inquiries about the print edition of VIEWS, which was discontinued in 2015 to better align the publication with RID's goals of bilingualism, cost-effectiveness, and reliability. We have shared this survey through our social media channels, but if you would also like to disseminate through email or social media groups or pages, we invite you to do so. Our goal is to achieve 1000 responses. Currently, we are at about 300. Tomorrow, we are going to announce the extension of our survey collection date to November 21st, 2017. We welcome any feedback you have about this survey and appreciate your help in spreading the word!



Employment Opportunity

National Interpreting Service, Inc. is seeking full-time certified ASL interpreters to add to our team.


Join our dynamic team of highly professional ASL Interpreters in the fastest growing agency in the Pacific Northwest.  We are based in Salem, Oregon which is just one hour from Portland.



RID Certification (CI/CT, CSC, NIC, NIC-A, NIC-M).

Minimum 5 years of experience as a professional interpreter, at least 3 of which must be in health care settings.



Providing services for patients in hospitals, clinics, healthcare facilities including home health.



Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance

Wellness Benefits

Paid Sick, Vacation, Holiday

Flexible Schedule

Education Reimbursement

Retirement Account with Employer Matching


NIS strives to provide quality services. We are a very dynamic company where service excellence is our standard.   


Please include your resume in PDF or MS Word format.

Ref: 20171101FTSOR

December 1-2 2017: Deaf Trix Bruce Seminars in Raleigh-Cary, NC

Good News!!! Trix Bruce is coming to Raleigh-Cary, North Carolina!


December 1, 2017 ~ Friday ~ 9 am – 1 pm

ASL Semantics: Precision of Expression in ASL  

Semantics is defined as the study of meanings expressed by the elements of a language or a combination of the elements.  A concept expressed in an ASL sign often cannot be conveyed by a single all-purpose English word. Likewise, English words and phrases may have variations in meaning, which require translations using different ASL signs. This workshop helps the student advance skills in translating the languages of ASL and English.   (0.4 RID CEUs)

♥ Video Clip Example of ASL Semantics: RUN


December 1, 2017 ~ Friday ~ 5 pm – 9 pm

Interpreting Biology, Health, and Human Development Information (NEW!)   

Interpreting in classes such as anatomy, biology, health, child development and parenting can certainly be a challenge! Developing ASL visualization skills within these topics, this workshop will provide helpful interpreting demonstrations and practice exercises. Find out how scientific concepts expressed in English may be clarified visually and communicated in a timely and efficient manner. Interpreters can apply these visualization skills to many topics, bringing scientific discussions to life in ASL! (0.4 RID CEUs)


December 2, 2017 ~ Saturday ~ 8 am – 5 pm

Medical Interpreting: How can I interpret that?  (NEW!)  Through many mentor sessions working with interpreters, I have kept notes to share. It's amazing to see how interpreters creatively face challenges as they translate from English to ASL. I treasure opportunities to help interpreters improve their visual thinking, which Deaf audiences appreciate.   My workshop offers a myriad of ways to make interpreting more visual. We will demonstrate how classifiers may be used most effectively to communicate specific information in medical interpreting situations. Broaden your understanding of visual interpreting techniques regarding anatomical and medical interpreting. Learn more about Deaf Culture. Visual clips, visual aids, analysis, current medical terminology, and outlines will be available. This workshop will focus on providing clear sign language interpretation on medical topics such as surgery, medical equipment, and causes of injury, illness and various conditions. (0.8 RID CEUs) 


Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Raleigh-Cary

Meeting Room: Dogwood

500 Caitboo Avenue

Cary, North Carolina


Limited Seating – Registration Open on a First Come, First Serve basis


BIO: Patricia (Trix) Bruce, from Seattle, Washington, is known nationwide as both a workshop presenter and an American Sign Language performer. Trix's work has been warmly received everywhere, from local community centers, to state, regional and national conferences, Deaf Way II, interpreter conventions and more.  Wildly popular as a teacher of ASL storytelling and ASL interpretation, Trix impresses audiences at all levels of ASL skill, from novices to fluent experts. Trix has been profoundly deaf since she was 6 months old. She went through oral, mainstreaming, deaf classes, and online educational programs. Trix has been involved in the performing arts since 1980. After completing her college program, she became involved with interpreter training. Trix's main area of study has been ASL Linguistics with a focus on ASL Performance.  She has developed a popular website: Whether writing, creating, improvising or starring in her many productions, Trix's passion for the dramatic arts shines through.



Friday Morning Workshop Only:

$60 per participant

Friday Evening Workshop Only:

$60 per participant

Saturday Workshop Only:

$125 per participant


n SEND $ & your registration form TO: PayPal/Quick Pay accepted; checks accepted - please make checks payable to Trix Bruce and send to: Trix Bruce, 1429 D Ave PMB 362, Snohomish, WA 98290

Please RSVP with payment. This will confirm your place in the workshop. CONTACT: by

n RID CEUs:  Trix Bruce is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for Continuing Education Activities. This Professional Studies program is offered for all workshops: 0.4 RID CEUs in ASL Semantics, 0.4 RID CEUs in Biology/Health/Human Development and 0.8 RID CEUs in Medical Interpreting at the Little/No to Some Content Knowledge Level.  

n NOTES: Handouts will be provided.  The workshop will be presented in ASL. There will be a Door Prize!  For details on refunds, cancellations, and special accommodations policies, please send an email to 

My workshops benefit participants at all levels. Countless advanced interpreters have let me know that they enjoyed learning updated/new signs that they haven’t seen before, such as regional accents. They also loved it when I explained how to sign messages into ASL, rather than just signing in English word by word.  Interpreters appreciate that my workshops are excellent for review as well as for discovering new things that apply within the professional work environment. Students also mentioned that my workshops helped them to understand how to approach their own projects, research, and practice more effectively.

n Book Trix Bruce ASL Performances Now! Enliven Your Special Event!  Trix Bruce is ASL entertainment extraordinaire! Her nationally-acclaimed presentation skills will inspire members of your organization and community. Trix will amaze and delight Deaf students and larger audiences with her popular and exciting shows! She is available to provide a fun performance show for your school or organization. To see samples of her work, find available times while she is in your town, and further information, visit Please contact Trix ( with any questions you may have.