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Taking place on the campus of Madonna University Saturday, October 27th students, interpreters and several members of the Deaf community moderately filled a rather large lecture hall for a 6 hour presentation on the inner workings of ASL interpretation. The Deaf presenter, Jimmy Beldon,  made it clear that CDIs (Certified Deaf Interpreters) can be useful in a variety of settings such as Deaf Blind Interpreting, Consecutive or Simultaneous Platform Interpreting, Medical Interpreting and Legal Interpreting as well as scenarios involving mental health or foreign signers. The differences between ASL and English discourse were described as well as various linguistic registers and the types and goals of communication. Jimmy also discussed what he called the seven identities of Deaf people and the six linguistic skills of Deaf adults and children which was to serve not as a method of stereotyping, but as a way for interpreters to identify ways to best match a Deaf consumer’s communication needs.

Jimmy Beldon is a native of Deaf Culture and ASL as well as a trained and certified Deaf Interpreter.  He served on the national board for the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf for 8 years, and currently works as a Certified Deaf Interpreter and teaches at the St. Catherine University in the Interpreter Training Program on the St. Paul Campus in Minnesota.

Staff interpreters Colleen Rhinehart and Karen Jones, Interpreter Coordinator Lily Thompkins, and V.O.I.C.E. Inc Executive Director Tammy Scholl were all in attendance thanks to sponsorship from V.O.I.C.E. Inc.

Whether we'd like to admit it or not, Fall is definitely here.  Cooler nights, shorter days, and children heading back to school.  Time for interpreters to go back to school too and with several workshops taking place across the state, professional development should be an easy find.

Paul Fugate kicked off the school season with a workshop on Educational Interpreting on August 25th at the Royal Oak Library.  Ideal setting for such a topic.

September 14th and 15th Trix Bruce will be at the Schoolcraft VisTaTech Center in Livonia, Michigan.  Friday evening will include a short workshop on voicing skills and evening entertainment.  Saturday promises a workshop on classifiers.

October keeps us busy with a DODHH Advisory Council meeting on the 19th and a workshop at Madonna University on the 27th entitled "Deaf and Hearing Interpreting." For Hearing and Deaf Interpreters alike.

November 3rd and 4th, MIRID will host its fall workshop at Kalamazoo Valley Community College.  They're still looking for certified interpreters to work the event and presenters interested in sharing their knowledge.  Visit for more information.

If you hear of another workshop that hasn't been mentioned here, let us know!  We do our best to keep our event calendar filled with all of the state wide events, but occassionally we miss a few. And if you haven't liked us on facebook yet, check us out! We post regularly about local events and other fun stuff. 

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