Wyoming Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf ____________________________________________________________________ President: Darla Sullins- 4010 A South Poplar #160 Member-At-Large: John Chambers Casper, WY 82601 5130 E. 12th Street E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Casper, WY 82609 E-Mail: email@example.com Vice President: Denise Morse- 5886 Road 204 Carpenter, WY 82054 Member-At-Large: Yvonne Mackay E-Mail: DCMorsefam@aol.com 2464 Overland Rd. Laramie, WY 82070 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org August 2008 A Word From Our President Darla Sullins "It is the vision of WYRID to reach out to all stakeholders within the state of Wyoming for the purpose of providing communication access and to unify us together as a cohesive group. WYRID will accomplish this by promoting ownership through membership, training, and mentorship opportunities in a safe and supportive environment." . WOW!! Where has the summer gone! I DAW: We were planning a social with DAW hope everyone has enjoyed the long hot on Friday night before the conference, but days and “oh-oh those summer nights”! they are going on a camping trip during that time. We will try again at a later date. Conference September 27-28, 2008 Business meeting: Don’t forget (as per our Cheyenne amended By-Laws) we will be electing three A big thank-you to Denise Morse officers: 2 Members-at-Large, and a and JaCee Goephert for putting together Sec./Treasurer. We are still in need of a the Fall Conference!! It looks great! Sec/Treasure to put on the ballot. If you Valentino Vasquez from Greeley, CO will are interested in what a Sec/Treasure present “Development of Technical does, go to our website, www.wyrid.org and Vocabulary and Classifiers in Content click on “By-Laws”. Their duties are Areas.” This workshop will be helpful to explained under Article IV/Board of those of you who work in education, Directors/ Duties. medical, or any setting that uses technical vocabulary. Also, the membership approved increased Sunday is an open forum. It is requested fee from $25 to $35, will be due before that you bring whatever technical the Business meeting begins. vocabulary questions you may have in the Hathaway Scholarship up-date: areas you are working, and Val will assist you. (Now that’s a deal!) As you know, the Legislature has added ASL onto the foreign language Sorenson: After the conference on requirement section of the Hathaway Sunday, Sorenson will provide a free lunch. Scholarship. It will become effective July Did I hear someone say, “Nothing in life is 1, 2009. In compliance with a Legislative free”? OK, the only catch is…during that Mandate, the Department of Education time, a presenter will discuss the benefits has formed a Task Force to look into who of Sorensen. It is only a one-hour would be qualified to teach ASL. WYRID is very appreciative of the state’s effort to presentation…so you can get something to keep the momentum moving forward on eat before you head home. Now I think this issue! that’s a good trade-off! Hope to see you all at the Conference! Bye Bye Kelly Christensen Kelly Christensen moved to Casper, Wyoming a little over four years ago. In those four years she jumped into interpreting ‘Wyoming style’ - interpreting in a large variety of situations. Kelly has been a faithful member of WYRID was the most recently WYRID Secretary and former WYRID Member-at- Large. At the end of July, Kelly moved to Mesa, Arizona to be closer to family. She has already jumped in with both feet there and gone to work with her new Arizona license! We wish her the very best in her new venues. Ella Marie Cross Ella Marie Cross, a long time Casper resident, passed away on August 2, 2008 in Casper from cancer. Ella Marie, 65, had lived in Cheyenne, Billings, Montana and Casper and enjoyed signing wherever she went. In Casper, Ella Marie was employed as a signing classroom aide for one year and a signing substitute in the Natrona County School System. She loved ASL and enjoyed sharing her knowledge of signs with others. She will be missed. ASL Immersion Week In May, I applied for the MARIE (Mid America Regional Interpreter Education) Center scholarship to attend a week long CATIE (Collaboration for the Advancement of Teaching Interpreter Excellence) ASL Immersion Week at the St. Catherine’s College in St. Paul, MN. I was thrilled to find out that I had been selected to attend. A week of only signing was wonderful (phone calls home were done via Video Relay – My daughter was really surprised to hear mom’s voice as a male interpreter but she took it in stride)! The camp was held June 1-6. During the week we had skills development classes and in the afternoons we went to several different places in the Twin Cities to “try out” our new skills. Imagine practicing classifiers at the Como Zoo and the art museum or numbering rules at the Mall of America! Our first “get to know you night” was a night of storytelling by all the deaf mentors and facilitators as well as participants. Skill Development classes were taught by Nigel Howard (from British Columbia), Elizabeth Beldon (the Twin Cities area), and Dr. Bryan Bridges (from Texas). The experience was wonderful and I would highly recommend it to anyone that is interested in this annual event! Teleconference By Gail Schenfisch, MS CI/CT, IC By Paula Copeland PEPNet’s free Teleconferences – REGISTER & ATTEND when you can. They’re wonderful and periodically FREE, plus you get .15 CEU’s. So far, I’ve done two. The first one was in February, titled “An inside Look: What Education Interpreters need to Know about Mental Health Interpreting”. It was well worth the one and a half hours I spent plugged into my cell phone ear piece. As most of you know, I work at the VA hospital in Cheyenne. My job requires me to attend a teleconference at least monthly, and I must say they tend to be boring. Not February’s! It was the first teleconference I’ve ever “attended” where I didn’t doodle (or crochet). The speakers kept my attention the whole time. I was amazed! The next free PEPNet class was May 21st on”An Inside Look: iTransition: A Free Online Curriculum”. Again, there was a lot of valuable information. It wasn’t an area I deal with, but if you work with high school students who are planning on attending college, this online curriculum is definitely something they would find beneficial. Check out their website. You can listen to any past training any time, just not for CEU’s. The next time there is free training try it! It’s easy! Just go to their web site, http://www.pepnet.org/teletrainreg.asp and register. A few days before class starts you’ll get an email with information on accessing the slide presentation, the phone number, access code and an attendance form. I print out a copy of the form before the conference but emailed back a copy of the downloaded form later. During the conference they will give you two codes at different times – you must have both codes to get CEU credit. Once the conference is completed you’ll have two weeks – 10 days (something like that) to email the Point of Contact with the attendance form. Approximately two weeks later, you will get an email with your certificate. (I ask for both CEU’s and a certificate and got both). I feel its well worth the cost of cell phone minutes (the call will cost you long distance charges or cell phone minutes). Try one – I’d like to know what you think! Congratulations!!! By Darla Sullins I want to give a big “WELL DONE” to Kathy Andrews!!! She is WYRID’s past Sec/Treasure and an educational interpreter in Sheridan. After many long, hard years of studying and working two jobs, she has completed her BS degree in Social Science YAHO-O-O-O-O!! Good for you Kathy! You make us interpreters proud! TSID/RID Region IV Conference Hi! I am Emily Bishop from Gillette, Wyoming. I want to say how much I appreciate WYRID paying for my registration fee to attend the conference in Houston, Texas and to represent Wyoming. It was interesting representing WY, when I am originally from TX, but I have lived in OK and KS, also. Darla asked me to give some of the highlights from the conference. On Thursday evening, we had the Opening Ceremonies with Cheryl Moose RID President speaking. She talked about “passion” and giving back to our profession. She named such people as Lillian Beard, Glenace Humphrey, Daniel Burch, and many other people that have helped the interpreting field. Besides attending the President’s meeting/luncheon and the RID business meeting, I did attend some classes. Most of the classes I attended focused on the Code of Ethics, now known as the NAD-RID Code of Professional Conduct. In these classes, we were given real-to-life scenarios in which we had to make ethical decisions in medical, legal, and educational settings. I would encourage you to download the Code of Professional Conduct and review the seven tenants. Try not to use these as a list of rules but guidelines to support daily ethical situations we are faced with as interpreters. On Saturday evening for the banquet, all the Presidents of Region IV wore purple hair wigs and presented Glenace Humphrey the quilt, which had patches/squares from each state of Region IV. A large portion of the banquet was in honor of Lillian Beard, who lives in Houston and was a mentor to Lou Fant. The entertainment was provided by Pinky Aiello, a deaf woman from Oregon, who recently starred in the DVD “Pinky Tells the Real Story: Video Phone & Video Relay Service.” Everyone needs to start saving their money and to mark their calendar for the next RID Region IV Conference in Bismark, North Dakota in 2010. Let’s have a good representation from Wyoming. MRID-Big Sky Conference I have had a busy summer traveling to Texas twice, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Colorado. I made my first trip to Montana by attending MRID-Big Sky Interpreting Conference, August 7-9, in Great Falls. On Thursday, Pam Meinhart who teaches English, Deaf Studies, Theater Art, and Deaf Literature, helped us use improvisation to improve our use of classifiers and creative interpreting. That evening, MRID hosted a spaghetti dinner and entertainment by Pam Meinhart’s family. Several Deaf from the community came for the evening activities. It was a good opportunity to be exposed to storytelling and signed songs by the Deaf. We had a wonderful opportunity to discuss various situations encountered by educational interpreters on Thursday and Friday. Daniel Burch was our presenter for those days. He had us sign and voice, as well as, asking us to provide difficult interpreting scenarios to solve in the school setting. I would encourage you to attend the MRID Conference next year. I have told you to plan for the RID Region IV Conference and the MRID Conference but coming up right here in WY is our Fall Distance Opportunities for Interpreter Training Center of UNC is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for conference on September 27-28. Look forward to seeing you in Cheyenne! Continuing Education Activities. This Professional Studies program is offered for 1 CEU. Partial CEU Emily Bishop RIV CONFERENCE 2008/HOUSTON Emily Bishop (Gillette) w/ ND President Cindy Kupfer. The purple hair is to honor Glenace This quilt was given to Glenace Humphrey, as she becomes our going-out RIV Humphrey for her service to our Region Representative. (Purple is her favorite color.) IV. Each Affiliate Chapter in each state made a square. Ethyl Lyons did a beautiful job of quilting a picture of Devil's Tower on WYRID's square!! Glenace Humphrey, Farewell Speech. If you want to be happy, be. ~Leo Tolstoy- Val Vasquez presents… a workshop aimed to bring the use of classifiers and technical vocabulary into your everyday interpreting! September 27-28, 2008 Cheyenne, WY Laramie County Community College; Training Center Room 120 Development of Technical Vocabulary and Classifiers in Content Areas September 27, 2008 September 28, 2008 Registration 7am-8am Registration 8am-9am Workshop 8am-12pm; 1pm-4pm Workshop 9am-12pm Lunch included!! Breakfast included!! Registration Name: ________________________________________________________________________ Email: ________________________________________________________________________ Phone: ________________________________________________________________________ Address: ________________________________________________________________________ ADA Accommodation Request:________________________________________________________________________ *both workshops will be presented in ASL* WYRID Non-Member WYRID Member Non-Member Member Full Conference Saturday Only Saturday Only Full Conference $75 $120 $50 $80 **We’ll accept other state affiliate membership for the WYRID member rate! Just make note on your registration and bring your current card with you as proof. Want to become a member of WYRID? See www.wyrid.org for a membership form or join during registration! No refunds after September 17, 2008 Any questions please contact Denise Morse at 307-649-2288 or email@example.com Please make checks payable to WYRID and Send Hotel Accommodations: $71/night registration to: Holiday Inn Denise Morse 204 West Fox Farm Rd. 5886 Road 204 307.638.4466 Carpenter, WY 82054 Cut off for reservations – Sept 17th! Distance Opportunities for Interpreter Training Center of UNC is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for Continuing Education Activities.This Professional Studies program is offered for 1 CEU.Partial CEUs offered for Saturday only. For a listing of the educational objectives, contact Val Vasque READY TO TAKE YOUR RID TEST? If finances are an issue, there may be help. Daniel H. Pokorny Memorial Fund is for the purpose of providing scholarships for eligible members who wish to apply for one of several certification tests but are unable to afford the testing fee. For information go to the RID website- www.rid.org. For help with RID testing fees: Contact either Judy or Angel in the Wyoming Workforce Services Cheyenne office @ 307- 777-3700. Meet with them to determine if you meet the eligibility requirements. Regional Assessment System (RAS) for taking the EIPA. http://www.rrfcnetwork.org/content/view/465/424/ Next date being offered in Wyoming: 5/16/09 (Casper, WY) • 10/25/2008 (Great Falls, MT) Montana School for the Deaf • 10/31/2008 (Ogden, UT) Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind • 04/18/2009 (Hastings, NE) ESU#9 • 04/24/2009 (Ogden, UT) Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind • 05/16/2009 (Casper, WY) Former WY School for the Deaf Resource Library • 07/31/2009 (Lincoln, NE) Rousseau Elementary School This is not a complete listing of sites. Look on the website for complete information. Times fill up quickly so you will want to register early. EIPA - Written Test Mary Patterson 402.452.5059 or Frances Beaurivage 402.452.5045 You may also visit http://www.classroominterpreting.org There are many resources out there but it can be a challenge to find them. Here are some ideas and sites you can check out. If you have favorites and want to share please let us know. , WSD Library Resource Center – Books and Videos. Contact Jo Otterholt at 307-577-4686 or 307-261-6113. Regional Assessment System (RAS) Website- For information about taking the EIPA. http://www.rrfcnetwork.org/content/view/482/426/ WYRID Listserve: To enhance communication between Wyoming’s interpreters and other interested parties. Go to WYRID website and click on the listserve button at www.wyrid.org. Sign up today. Wyoming Public Television : For a complete schedule of channel numbers. www.wyoptv.org Signing time website: Interactive fun for kids. http://www.signingtimekids.org/ Website for Signs of Development: http://www.signs-of- development.org/website/Newsletter.htm Information on CD ROM Workshops, mentoring, professional development, readiness assessment information for the national test and much more. ASL Browser: http://commtechlab.msu.edu/sites/aslweb/browser.htm ASL Pro - http://www.aslpro.com/ Classifers in ASL: http://www.jal.cc.il.us/ipp Fingerspelling practice: http://www.jal.cc.il.us/ipp/fingspell Technical/specialized topics, Professional development, Multiculturalism, Religion and many other related topics. www.TheInterpretersfriend.com. Rocky Mountain ADA/IT Center: Providing information on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and accessible education-based information technology to Colorado,Utah, Montana, Wyoming,North Dakota and South Dakota. http://www.adainformation.org/. Deaf Doctor website- video descriptions of medical terminology. developed by Carolyn Stern MD (Spanjer), Family PhysicianMedical Director, Rochester School for the Deaf. www.deafdoc.org Harris communications: For gifts, books, CD’s, equipment or free catalog. http://www.harriscomm.com. ADCO Hearing Products: To contact call 800-726-0851 V/TTY or go to the website: www.ADCOhearing.com. Do It Center Lending Library- The DO IT Center has set up a Lending Library for working and aspiring interpreters who are either currently enrolled in DO IT Center classes and/or live in the RSA Region VIII states (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming) who wish to improve their interpreting and/or communication skills. Go to www.unco.edu/doit .
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