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.

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.

Employment Opportunity



Are you interested in working with the deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind North Carolinians have communication access? Do you want to make an impact on these individual’s lives, especially for their health and well-being? Come work for the Charlotte Regional Center, where we have an exciting team who do just that! Please see the below link for our posting for a Hard of Hearing Services Specialist, or pass the information onto someone that would be interested. Please observe the August 30th deadline to apply.

Trix Bruce in Charlotte

Good News!!! Trix Bruce is coming to Charlotte, North Carolina!

July 6, 2017 ~ Thursday 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

♥ Medical Interpreting: How can I interpret that?   

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 surgery procedures, medical tools, baby birth, and causes of injury, illness and conditions.   

 July 7, 2017 ~ Friday 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Visible Words: The Art of Storytelling With Classifiers

Let’s create better visual imagery with ASL classifiers! Maybe you’ve wondered: Are there any new classifiers? Which classifiers best express certain ideas? How can we use classifiers most effectively? ASL classifiers are simply handshapes used to convey action and ideas in concise and visually articulate ways. Let’s polish our storytelling by improving visual imagery with classifiers. This workshop will offer hands-on practice in using classifier handshapes with creativity and precision. Move away from thinking in English and stringing signs together. Let handshapes tell the story! (0.4 RID CEUs available)

July 8, 2017 ~ Saturday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

 ENGLISH EQUIVALENTS: Whoa! Train Zoom Gone.  Did You See What She Signed? What did she mean by that and how can I say it in English?

English Equivalents help the student take signs that do not have just one translation in English and help the participant become aware of idiomatic English translations along with some technical vocabulary associated with particular signs.  English Equivalents in ASL will help you confidently continue the flow of information exchange from ASL to English and from English to ASL.  Trix Bruce is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for Continuing Education Activities. This Professional Studies program is offered 0.8 RID CEUS for English Equivalents at the Little/No to Some Content Knowledge Level.  

July 6-7, 2017 ~ Thursday & Friday

Mentoring Services Available ~ Your own private Mentor! As your mentor, Trix will focus on you, providing individualized feedback and instruction in English/ASL translation and Deaf culture. Under the direction of an expert instructor, your skills will soar! Email for an appointment. We can meet at either a coffee shop, or in a hotel lobby. Mentor appointments are not included the workshop registration. There is a separate fee for a mentor appointment, (RID CEUs available!)


Holiday Inn Express & Suites M9420 East Independence Blvd

Matthews, NC 28105

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 Whether writing, creating, improvising or starring in her many productions, Trix's passion for the dramatic arts shines through. 



Thursday ~OR~ Friday Workshop Only:

$60 per participant

Saturday Workshop Only:

$120 per participant

Special Discounted ALL Workshops:

$175 per participant, postmarked by May 25, 2017

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


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


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


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 for Medical Interpreting, 0.4 for Classifiers, and  0.8 RID CEUs English Equivalents at the Little/No to Some Content Knowledge Level

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.


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.


Regional Representative Nominations

It is time to elect Regional Committee Representatives for the 7 regional committees.  Please see the attached document for details on nominating someone from your region to be your representative on the NCRID Board of Directors.

Charlotte Thanksgiving Dinner



Charlotte Association of the Deaf & Deaf Women of Greater Charlotte

Thanksgiving Dinner

Turkey Ham Gravy Rolls Sweet/Unsweet Tea Bottle Water

Admission     $5 with covered dish (MUST BE: vegetable, or vegetable casserole)

                                  $3 children (age6-18)

                                  $8 anyone without covered dish

Please do not bring pizza, other meats, rolls, chips, cookies, or any drinks or you will be charged FULL admission

When: Saturday November 5, 2016

Where: Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church

                 1915 Oakdale Road Charlotte, NC 28216

Time: 1pm to 7pm

Guest Speaker: Blaire McCorkle

Cake Auction hosted by Deaf Women of Greater Charlotte DWGC; Bring money to win your cake