Fall General Meeting and Workshop - 10/5/2013

Hello Mass RID!

You are invited to our next general meeting!!!

When: Saturday, October 5, 2013

Where:  WORK INC.

25 Beach St. Dorchester, MA
(617) 691-1500


8:30am-9am Breakfast & Registration
9am – 12 Meeting
12-1 potluck lunch
1pm – 4pm workshop run by Donnie Gibbons on “Interpreting IEP Meetings”
You can earn CEU’s ! (free for members!) 

We will have a pot- luck lunch, so, please bring something to contribute to the meal.

If you can’t make it please send someone to vote  for you via proxy. You will need to contact Amanda Richter our secretary ( as well as Celia Mojica, our membership chair ( and let them know who will be carrying your proxy.  Each member is only allowed to hold two proxies per meeting.  You must be a member in good standing.

**If you need to renew your membership, this meeting would be a good opportunity to do so.

WORK INC has plenty of free parking but if you would like to car pool, let the MassRID Greater Boston Rep (Anne Freeman) know. You may contact her via e-mail at

Hope to see you there!


Interpreting an Individualized Education Plan

Each and every Deaf student in the United States has the right to access a free and appropriate public education.  This is done when the Deaf student qualifies for Special Education, and an I.E.P. is developed.  The special education process is very complicated and jargon laden for someone new to the experience.  Many Deaf parents may find themselves in these I.E.P. team meetings designing services for either their Deaf or CODA children. Interpreting an I.E.P. is not always as strait forward as it seems. There are common pitfalls and challenges that interpreters can be prepared for.  Each meeting is as individual as its education plan.  This workshop will guide you through the process of determining eligibility for special education.  You will learn about parental rights and the composition of an I.E.P. team.  We will discuss the potential volatility of a Deaf/hearing IEP group dynamic.  We will dissect page by page the IEP document and discuss the implications and considerations for the interpreter.  This workshop will provide specific examples of translations, ethical decision-making, and case scenarios for participant practice.

Some of the topics to be covered are:

Parent Concerns and Student/Team Vision
Student Strengths and Key Evaluation Financings
Annual Review verses Three Year Evaluation.
Present Levels of Educational Performance
State Wide Testing and Standard Accommodations.
Measurable Goals
Attendance Requirements
Age of Majority
Transition Panning

Seasoned Interpreters Retreat: Season NOT Old!!



Announcing a Weekend Retreat!

Seasoned Interpreters Retreat: Seasoned NOT Old!!
November 8-10, 2013


Friendly Crossways
247 Littleton County Road, Harvard MA 01451-1445
(978) 456-9386


Friday: Arrival & Ice-breaker 5:00-9:00 PM (Hosted by the planning committee)

Saturday: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM keynote/workshops, 

Saturnday Night: Storytelling and Social Time

Sunday 9:00 AM -12:00 PM workshop


Keynote Presenter:

Craig Andersen: The Past, Present and the Future of Interpreting

Featured Presenters:

Neil Glickman: Deaf Mental Health Care, Interpreters, Resilency and Recovery
Sharon Harrison: Deaf Perspective: A consumer’s reflections on working with both old and new interpreters.
Cathy Cogen and Trudy Schafer: Conversation Café
Bonnie Kraft: Mistress of Ceremonies; Sat night and closing remarks Sunday morning


**Food/Lodging/Workshop Registration included for the weekend**

Cost: $235.00


Questions can be directed to Sharon MacLean or Denise Martinez


Target Audience:

*40+ years on earth and/or 15+ years of interpreting experience.
Registration is limited to 50 participants.
After the initial registration period ends general registration will open for all interested participants.


***Registration Priorities and Availability-


Beyond Priorities stated below registration is on a first come-first serve basis due to the retreat center’s occupancy limits.

  • 1st Week Mass/MassRID Interpreters
  • 1+2nd Week 10 Slots for CDI specifically held
  • 2rd Week New England Interpreters
  • 3th week General Attendance opens


Workshop sponsored by MassRID and Advocates Inc. CEUs forth coming.

This is intended to be a fun, revitalizing and rejuvenating weekend to reflect, rejoice and renew our years of commitment to interpreting and the Deaf Community.

We look forward to registration and to seeing you at the retreat!

Coordinators: Bonnie Kraft, Sharon MacLean, Denise Martinez, Susan Stange


Registration Link:



Registration announcement:


Save the Date:

Foundations Workshop May 3-6 2012

Registration is now open for Foundations I and II with Betty
Colonomos, to be held at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA
from May 3-6 2012. This 20-hour workshop will be approved for 2.000 PS
CEUs. For more information about the workshop and CEUs, and to get a
registration form, contact Nathan Fowler:

Please note, this workshop is for hearing interpreters. There is a
workshop for Deaf interpreters and CDIs called Deaf Foundations, also
with Betty Colonomos. That is a different event.

BU Workshops: David Evans Weekend March 2-4


BUCIE presents …

David Evans Weekend March 2-4th, 2012

2 Workshops at Boston University

Special Registration Fee of $100 for both workshops will be extended through March!

Online Registration Available HERE


Workshop #1: PowerPoint Poisoning and Other Presentation Pitfalls for Presenters

March 2nd and 3rd, 2012

$75 CEUs pending

“It’s been called “death by PowerPoint.”  Research
indicates PowerPoint slides often interfere with participant
comprehension, organization, and retention of information.  You are a
dynamic presenter with knowledge and experience to share. 
Are your PowerPoints actually hindering your  message?”  Read more

This workshop is open to all Deaf and Hearing community members. (Interpreters and non-interpreters!)


Workshop #2 ORANGE-EYES Doesn’t Mean “Amazing”: A Linguistic & Semantic Tune-up for Interpreters

March 4th, 2012

$50 CEUs pending

accent: signing that marks one as a second-language learner of American
Sign Language. A hearing accent can affect not only the comprehension
of a message being delivered in ASL,
but also perceptions of the interpreter him or herself as being a
cultural outsider.”

Read more

For David Evans bio:

Interpreter Attire: First & Lasting Impressions Workshop

Interpreter Attire: First and Lasting Impressions

Presented by: Interpreters Lena Dumont, Laura O’Callahan, Jackie Emmart, Will English &
Fashion Consultant/Personal Shopper SooJin Chu
With Special Guest Presenters Kristy Moroney and Matt Etemad-Gilbertson!

Why should we talk about attire as interpreters? Every encounter we interpret presents the potential
for long-standing impact on the perception of the Deaf community, and that of the interpreting
profession, simply based on how we "show up."

We have been, and will continue to, poll Deaf consumers of interpreter services about how the attire
of interpreters affects them. We have heard anecdotally over the years about interpreters showing
up to jobs under-dressed and inappropriately dressed, and as a result, negatively impacting Deaf
people in their personal and professional lives. This workshop will share some of those views as video
testimonials, and provide an opportunity for collegial dialogue.

We are also looking at the attitudes and biases of the majority culture, and the ongoing view of Deaf
people *and their allies* as second-class citizens. The appearance, comportment and register of
interpreters in all kinds of settings contribute to ongoing attitudes about Deaf people by members of
the majority culture. We are looking at what naive hearing people think when they encounter
interpreters: how they appear and what judgments are made about the Deaf consumers, by
association. We will draw from current research about first impressions, and attire at work, to
engage in further discussion.

Although there will be plenty of visuals to support the presentation, this is not a fashion show. It is an
interactive presentation about attire and interpreting, and how our daily choices with respect to how
we "show up" can seriously impact the lives of Deaf people. Our Special Guests will add tremendous
value to our day, and we are excited to have them on-board with us. Kristy Moroney will present the
tips and tricks of putting on finishing touches, and Matt Etemad-Gilbertson will lead a thoughtful and
provocative discussion about a prevalent concept known as “polite disregard.”

Our fashion consultant and personal shopper, SooJin Chu, works with people everyday who know
that attire is part and parcel to getting ahead in their fields. An expert in her field, she will share
appropriate attire selections for women and men in every setting, and for a variety of body types,
such that you will leave the workshop informed and prepared to make positive first and lasting

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, March 10th, from 10am to 4pm, at TLC! CLICK HERE
for the registration form and contact Jackie Emmart at the email listed with any questions.

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