UPCOMING Workshops

Emergency Broadcast Interpreter for Deaf Interpreters
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
7 PM to 9 PM EST

Location: Online via a Zoom link


TRUE-BIZ ASL is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for continuing education activities.  This Professional Studies program is offered for .2 CEUs at the Some Content Knowledge Level.


Emergency Broadcast Interpreting requires understanding our role as Certified Deaf Interpreters and understanding who our target audience is.  With that knowledge, we will be able to include the type of interpreting features that will reach out to an audience with specific linguistic needs.  Ideally, it is important to include those who do not depend on English text or closed captioning that is available through social media and news broadcasts.  Tips and resources for emergency preparedness will also be discussed.  Target audience: working and student Deaf Interpreters.



Regan Thibodeau, M.A., CDI is best known for her videos on the FaceBook page ASL Flash. At age 19, she worked as a TA for ASL courses at the University of Vermont and later transferred to the University of Southern Maine.  It was there she earned a BA in ASL Linguistics and Interpreting.  She earned her MA in Teaching ASL as a Foreign Language from Teachers College at Columbia University.  Regan is currently in a Ph.D. program studying Educational Leadership and Policy while working as a freelance Certified Deaf Interpreter. 

J. 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 is one of the very few ASL users with a rating of 5 on the ASL Proficiency Interview.  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. He co-owns TRUE-BIZ ASL and enjoys exploring new developments in ASL/Interpreter education. Sam is passionate about providing effective communication as CDI in the community and mentoring new Deaf interpreters.

Participants will:
1) Define the role of a Deaf Interpreter in Emergency Broadcast Interpreting.
2) Identify the target audience for interpretation.
3) Recognize linguistic features that do not exclude but rather include monolingual signers.
4) Apply tips discussed in the workshops in case called for Emergency Broadcast interpreting.



  • $35 with CEUs
  • $25 without CEUs

This online workshop will be recorded. If for some reason you cannot attend the workshop at the scheduled time, you may watch the recorded version later. Because of this, we cannot offer refunds. If the workshop is cancelled, you will be given credit to view another workshop, either live or archived.


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