Facing Fingerspelling Phobia

  • 01 Apr 2017
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Liberty University, 1971 University Boulevard, Lynchburg, VA 24515


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"Facing Fingerspelling Phobia"

Presented by Nicole Thorn, CI/CT

0.3 CEUS in Professional Studies Offered


Where:     Liberty University

                 Room: Jerry Falwell Library, Room 171

                 1971 University Boulevard

                      Lynchburg, VA  24515


When:      Saturday, April 1, 2017  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

 Cost:      VRID Members - $30.00

                Non-Members - $40.00

               VRID Student Members - $25.00

               DOE Grant Participants - FREE (with code)

POC:         Nicole Thorn eyesign4u@gmail.com 


Session Information:

Commonly considered an area in which many interpreters struggle, this workshop will be addressing fingerspelling from a new perspective.  The participants will delve into aspects of theory and natural language acquisition to better understand the foundations of this important aspect of ASL.  This is not a “hands up” workshop, but rather one that will give participants a reason to pause and reconsider their understanding of fingerspelling.  It is with knowledge that the aspiring and active interpreter can finally equip themselves to face their fingerspelling phobias, develop a plan of action, and excel. 

Presenter Biography:   

Nicole Thorn holds her Certificate of Interpreting and Certificate of Transliteration from RID, a MA from New York University in Deaf Education/Rehabilitation, a MA from Liberty University in Human Services with a focus on Marriage and Family and Deafness, and is currently pursuing her doctorate degree.  With over 30 years of experience as both a teacher of the Deaf and a professional interpreter, Ms. Thorn founded the current American Sign Language and Interpreting BA degree program at Liberty University.  She is passionate about using education to help individuals discover their own potential, foster healthy relationships, and develop a confident identity as a professional.  Ms. Thorn currently works at Liberty University as a program director/ associate professor, and enjoys time on her farm in central Virginia.    

CEUs:  VRID is an approved RID CMP Sponsor for Continuing Education Activities. This program is offered for 0.3 CEUs in the content area of professional studies. No partial session CEUs will be awarded. Late arrivals will not receive CEUs.

Cancellation Policy:  Full refunds will be issued if written notice is provided to VRID by March 18, 2017, two weeks prior to the event activity. No refunds will be issued within two weeks of the event start date.

Reasonable Accommodations:  If you require a reasonable accommodation for this event, please contact Nicole Thorn, eyesign4u@gmail.com by March 15, 2017. Although requests for accommodations will be accepted after this date, VRID cannot guarantee the accommodation will be provided.

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