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Upcoming events

    • 03 Mar 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Best Western Waynesboro

    The Virginia Department of Education Interpreter Grant & 

    Virginia Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf 


    Terrific Teaming: Techniques for Smooth Transitions and a Solid Product

    Presented by Tammy Fortune, MBA, CI/CT

    0.3 CEUs in Professional Studies Offered  

    Where: Best Western- Waynesboro

    109 Apple Tree Lane Waynesboro, VA  22980

    When:  Saturday, March 3, 2018

                 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: Tammy Fortune 

    Session Information: 

    During this workshop, participants will examine the importance of effective teaming in a variety of settings.  Participants will learn what a "hot seat" and an "off" interpreter means.  Participants will learn techniques that will improve their teaming both as the "hot seat" interpreter and as the "off" interpreter.  They will also evaluate the techniques that are the most effective in a teamed assignment.  Participants will also practice teaming and transitioning during an assignment.

    Presenter Biography: Tammy Fortune

    Tammy Fortune, MBA is a CODA from Lynchburg, Virginia.  She began her interpreting career at age 17, as a post-secondary educational interpreter.  Upon her graduation from Liberty University in 1995 with her degree in Business Management, she was hired as a K-12 interpreter and obtained her VQAS in the same year. Her life has taken her as far as Florida, where she began working in the mental health setting as a staff interpreter at a mental health facility in Central Florida.  She obtained her Florida QAS in 2001 and her RID CI/CT in 2002.  During her time in Florida, she became the Interpreter Coordinator and Human Resources coordinator for the same facility, coordinating facility interpreters as well as national and international conference interpreting teams.  She has presented at RID affiliate chapter conferences and served on a panel for mental health interpreters. In 2007, she graduated from Liberty University with her graduate degree in Business Administration.  Since relocating back to her home state of Virginia, she has worked in various settings, both as a staff and freelance interpreter, specializing in medical, mental health, video relay interpreting, and educational settings (K-12 and post-secondary). In addition, she has discovered a passion for theater interpreting and has interpreted more than 35 plays since 2012. In 2012, she began serving as an adjunct interpreting instructor in the American Sign Language Interpreting program at Liberty University.  She also mentors local interpreters to improve skills and reach career goals. She has served as the VRID District IV Representative and Vice President. Now in her 25th year of professional interpreting, she currently serves as the VRID President.

    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 February 18, 2018, two weeks prior to the event. No refunds will be issued within two weeks of the event start date. Reasonable accommodation requests please contact Tammy Fortune two weeks prior to the event.

    • 10 Mar 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • VSDB 104 VSDB Dr. Staunton, VA 24401

    VSDB and the VDOE Educational Interpreter Training Grant present...

    How Do You Pronounce That?

      Presented by 


    .6 RID CEUs  

    When: Saturday, March 10, 2018

               9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 

    Cost: VRID Members - $50.00

             Non-Members - $60.00

             VRID Students - $25.00

             VDOE Grant participants- Free

    Location: Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind: Stuart Building 104 VSDB Drive, Staunton, VA 24401

      Full information in attached flyer: flyer March 10,2018.docx

      Workshop Information: 

       This activity will incorporate mouth morphemes. ASL requires the use of mouth morphemes. Students do not always know how to incorporate the mouth morphemes, know which mouth morpheme means what, and when to use them. This workshop will review the purpose and when mouth morphemes are used. Afterwards the instructor will show each morpheme and show how to use them. This training will be conducted in American Sign Language.  Voice interpretation will not be provided

      Presenter Biography:

      Dr. Rhonda Jennings-Arey has twenty years of teaching experience at the K-12 level.  She worked at the Maryland Schools for the Deaf in both Frederick and Columbia before returning home to her alma mater, the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind in Staunton, Virginia.  Rhonda has taught in elementary, middle, and high school, specializing in English and American Sign Language for Deaf students, hearing students as a second language, and hearing faculty and staff.  At the post-secondary level, Rhonda was an adjunct professor at the Piedmont Virginia Community College and University of Virginia and has also taught at Blue Ridge Community College, Towson University, and McDaniel College. Currently, Rhonda is a professor at the University of Louisville.

      Rhonda Jennings-Arey has degrees in Deaf Education, Sign Language Education, Literacy Specialization, and Administration and Supervision. She recently obtained her doctorate degree in Post-Secondary and Adult Education. She is a National Board Certified teacher in adolescent and young adult language arts. She was the co-founder of VSDB’s ASL/English Bilingual Education Training program. She has an ASLTA certification at the qualified level and endorsement in ASL instruction through the state of Virginia. She is currently certified by RID as a Certified Deaf Interpreter where she works as a freelance interpreter for the state of Virginia. 

      To request accommodations or any other questions please contact Kathy Campbell ( or Tammy Fortune ( for further information.


      • 22 Jun 2018
      • 24 Jun 2018
      • Virginia Beach, VA

      2018 VRID Conference

      June 22-24, 2018

      Virginia Beach - VRID Region III


    Past events

    22 Jan 2018 NCRTM presents: Behavioral Health Interpreting: Specialty Training for Building New Competences
    29 Jul 2017 Deliberate Practice with Wink Smith
    27 Jul 2017 Trix Bruce in Fairfax, VA - 2.4 CEUs available!
    20 Jul 2017 RID 2017 LEAD Together Conference
    24 Jun 2017 Interpreting Jury Instructions, Plea Forms & Protection from Abuse Hearings: Oh My!
    23 Jun 2017 Working Smarter Together presented by Miako Villanueva
    02 Jun 2017 MSRID State Conference
    18 May 2017 Signing Naturally: Units 7-12 Teacher Training
    13 May 2017 Kids are Consumers, Too!
    24 Apr 2017 An Evening with Sean Berdy
    21 Apr 2017 Street Leverage LIVE
    01 Apr 2017 GaRID: Advanced Medical Interpreting
    01 Apr 2017 Facing Fingerspelling Phobia
    18 Mar 2017 ASL: Semantics Practice!
    04 Feb 2017 How do I do this right?
    28 Jan 2017 Interpreting in Time & Space: by Paula Debes
    17 Dec 2016 Fostering an Interpreting Community of Practice presented by Carrie N.H. Humphrey
    03 Dec 2016 TCSI Presents: Foundations of Court Interpreting Part 1
    12 Nov 2016 Wholly holy or holey? Interpreting in Spiritual Settings
    11 Nov 2016 GaRID 2016 Conference
    04 Nov 2016 TRID Workshops with Bill Ross
    22 Oct 2016 Form and Meaning: What's the Difference?
    22 Oct 2016 Building Relationships and Understanding in Educational Interpreting
    20 Oct 2016 2016 Minnesota RID Fall Conference
    08 Oct 2016 Affect: The Effect of Effective Affect
    01 Oct 2016 Do I Need a CDI?: The Pros and Cons of Teaming with CDIs
    29 Sep 2016 Why Being a Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI) is Important to Me and Our Community
    23 Sep 2016 Liturgical Interpreting: Making the Sacred Accessible to the Deaf Community
    04 Aug 2016 RID Region II Conference
    24 Jun 2016 2016 VRID Conference - Attendee Registration
    09 Apr 2016 Steps to Set-Up, Safeguard, and SWaM Your Business
    08 Apr 2016 Federal Interpreter Training on the Middle East
    12 Mar 2016 Performing Arts Techniques for Everyday Interpreting
    27 Feb 2016 Educational Interpreting: What’s Linguistics got to do with it?
    13 Feb 2016 Interpreting for Deaf People with Atypical Cognition
    06 Feb 2016 Keystones of Profession Confidentiality and Autonomy
    06 Feb 2016 Word Perfect? Transliterating for Educational Interpreters
    09 Jan 2016 The Blurred Lines of Educational Interpreting
    05 Dec 2015 What the @$#! Did You Just Say?!?
    14 Nov 2015 It's a Touchy Subject
    17 Oct 2015 Empowerment Through Touch: Touch Signals Workshop
    26 Sep 2015 Self Care for Interpreters
    11 Aug 2015 2015 RID National Conference
    27 Jun 2015 Interpreting for Deaf-Blind Individuals
    01 Nov 2014 Conquering Fingerspelling Fears
    25 Oct 2014 VDOE Grant Workshop - How Do I Interpret That?!? Interpreting high-imagery text, Fairy Tales, fables, short poems and descriptive texts into ASL
    18 Oct 2014 VDOE Grant Workshop - It's a Touchy Subject
    27 Sep 2014 VDOE Grant Workshop - ASL Semantics for Specific Situations
    27 Sep 2014 Building Relationships and Understanding Ethics in Educational Interpreting
    13 Sep 2014 A New Generation of Slang
    23 Aug 2014 Negotiation: Skills for Effective Professional Interactions
    28 Jun 2014 Wink ASL Comedy Show
    27 Jun 2014 2014 VRID Conference - Attendee Registration
    31 May 2014 VDOE Grant Workshop - All Hands on Stage - An Introduction to Theatrical Shadow Interpreting
    26 Apr 2014 VDOE Grant Workshop - Face-Painting with Non-Manual Signals in ASL
    29 Mar 2014 Developing Resiliency
    22 Mar 2014 VDOE Grant Workshop - It's a Touchy Subject
    21 Mar 2014 Let’s Talk – Trying On the Peer Mentoring Dialogue
    22 Feb 2014 Save the Date: VDOE Grant Workshop - Social Linguistic Factors and Decision Making
    25 Jan 2014 Save the Date: VDOE Grant Workshop - NIC Prep
    07 Dec 2013 Updating the Basics: Ethics and Business for Practices for Today’s Interpreters
    23 Nov 2013 VDOE Grant Workshop - NVOA School for the Deaf
    26 Oct 2013 Discourse Mapping: An Introduction
    28 Sep 2013 Fingerspelled Word Recognition I
    21 Sep 2013 Backstage Pass
    09 Aug 2013 2013 RID National Conference
    12 Jul 2013 Business Practices for Interpreters
    30 Jun 2013 Mental Health Interpreting Institute - *SUNDAY ONLY*
    29 Jun 2013 VRID Annual Business Meeting
    29 Jun 2013 Mental Health Interpreting Institute - Full Registration
    29 Jun 2013 Mental Health Interpreting Institute - *SATURDAY ONLY*
    21 Jun 2013 Virginia Baptist Conference of the Deaf
    17 Jun 2013 BIS Ethical Discussion Group
    19 May 2013 Basic Medical Bioethics for Sign Language Interpreters
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