Saturday, October 14, 2017, 10 AM to 4 PM
St. Petersburg College, Tarpon Springs campus
FA 132, 600 E Klosterman Road




As the interpreting profession grows, the needs of consumers change and the options for specialized services increases. Together, we, as Deaf and Hearing interpreters, can come together to improve the quality of our work in teaming, making ethical decisions, and explaining to others the importance of a Deaf/Hearing team. Role-play activities will demonstrate the benefits of a Deaf/Hearing team and give participants a feel of what the process looks like. Scenarios where a Deaf Interpreter would make an assignment much more effective will be discussed. Different tools will be explained to increase the effectiveness of the interpreting process between the DI and HI. Participants will then use the concepts/tools learned and make applications during the role-play scenarios. This workshop is designed for each hearing participant to experience the difference between working alone and working with a Deaf team in addition to addressing common fears associated with using a DI in their work. For Deaf participants, this workshop is designed to give them opportunities to meet hearing interpreters and put their skills into practice to create a dynamic duo.


.5 CEUs will be provided at no extra cost.




Keri Brooks, M.Ed., CDI, was born Deaf to hearing parents and she has a Deaf brother.  Together the family used sign language as Keri was growing up.  Since 2004, Keri has been teaching ASL and Interpreting courses at various universities and colleges, in addition to providing workshops at the regional and national level. Currently, she works as a freelance Certified Deaf Interpreter, specializing in DeafBlind interpreting and for ASL Diagnostic and Evaluation Services as an interviewer and rater for the ASL Proficiency Interviews.


Sam Harris, M.A., CDI,is a native user of ASL and is one of the small percentages of Deaf people born into a Deaf family. He is originally from Massachusetts where he grew with a strong Deaf community and Deaf services. Sam received his master’s degree in Deaf Studies from Gallaudet University.  Since 2006, he has been teaching at the college level and currently teaches ASL and Interpreting courses at St. Petersburg College in Clearwater, Florida.  Sam is one of the very few ASL users with a rating of 5 on the ASL Proficiency Interview.


Both Keri and Sam own and operate an online ASL/Interpreter education business, TRUE-BIZ ASL, LLC, which also provides interpreting services.  The main component of their business is the Deaf Interpreter Training Online (DITO) program, the first and ONLY program that provides a comprehensive training online to Deaf Interpreters from all over North America.  On a personal note, they reside in Palm Harbor, Florida where they are raising three young boys.


  • General Admission: $60
  • TRUE-BIZ ASL Interpreters: $50 (RID/BEI CERTIFIED interpreters: inquire by e-mail on how you can join the TRUE-BIZ ASL team:
  • Student Interpreters (ID required): $30