FRIDcon 2021 Schedule 

1.6 CEUs Available (*Subject to change)

All meetings and events hosted online via Zoom

Friday, October 22 (0.8 PS CEUs for the day)

9 am - 12 pm:  Various Sessions (0.3 PS CEUs each)
Deaf-Led: "Common Misconceptions, Part 1" by Jennifer Francisco and Haley Eyster
Self Care: "Mental Mastery Part 1: Interpreter's Mindset Impacts Cognitive Processing for Greater Resilience" by Caryl Williams Love
and Natalie Williams Love (presented in Spoken English)
Member's Choice: “Healthcare Interpreting: Ethics and Cultural Competency” by Shawn Norris

12 - 1 pm: Lunch Break - On Your Own

1 - 4 pm:  Various Sessions (0.3 PS CEUs each)
Deaf-Led: "Common Misconceptions, Part 2" by Jennifer Francisco and Haley Eyster
Self Care: "Mental Mastery Part 2 - Reframing: The ABCDEFG of Personal Mental Mastery™" by Caryl Williams Love and Natalie
Williams Love (presented in Spoken English)

5 - 7 pm:  Deaf Professionals Panel moderated by June Ann LeFors (0.2 PS CEUs)
Panelists: Vyron Kinson - Language Specialist
Rikki Poynter - Gamer/Streamer
Allen Weaver - Home Remodeling
Dr. Jenelle Rouse - Linguistics
Jeremy Quiroga - Language Specialist

Hand Waves Birth - Birth Specialists

Saturday, October 23 (0.4 PS CEUs for the day)

9:00 - 10 am: "DI/HI Teaming from the Loop" by Jeremy Quiroga and Shawn Vriezen (0.1 PS CEUs)

10 am - 12:00 pm: Annual Business Meeting (NO CEUs awarded)  

12 - 1 pm: Lunch Break - On Your Own

1 - 4 pm:  Various Sessions (0.3 PS CEUs each)
Deaf-Led: "Strategic Community Allyship: A Model of Success for Interpreters" by Corey Axelrod
Self Care: "Self Care for Interpreters in 2D (VRS/VRI)" by Brea  Cross-Caldwell
Self Care: “EQ Part 1: Introduction to Super-charge Your Interpreting Skills by Mastering Your EQ: Emotional Intelligence” by Caryl
Williams Love and Natalie Williams Love (presented in Spoken English)

8 - 10 pm:  Drag Queen Bingo hosted by Poison Waters (presented in Spoken English with ASL Interpretation, NO CEUs awarded)  

Sunday, October 24 (0.4 PS CEUs for the day)

9 am - 12 pm:  Various Sessions (0.3 PS CEUs each)
Self Care: "EQ Part 2: Advanced/Emotional Intelligence: Thoughts/Feelings" by Caryl Williams Love and Natalie Williams Love (presented in
Spoken English)

Member's Choice: "Tax Mistakes All Interpreters Need to Avoid" by Rosemary Bocian (presented in Spoken English) 

9 am - 1 pm:  (0.4 PS CEUs)
Member's Choice: “Lenguaje Inclusivo: Retos Existentes entre quienes usan el Español (Inclusive Language: Current Challenges
within Spanish Language Users)
" by Carmelo Falú-Rodríguez and Jorgenvál López-Martínez (presented in Spoken Spanish)

12 - 1 pm:  Various Sessions (0.1 PS CEUs each)
Member's Choice: "Valuing Our Profession through Volunteerism" by Kenneth Houghtaling
Member's Choice: "ASL Grammar: Theoretical ASL vs Common ASL" by Garrett Bose

FRIDCon 2021 Workshop Descriptions 

1.6 CEUs Available (*Subject to change)

Deaf-Led Workshops/Events (1.3 CEUs possible)

Common Misconceptions, Parts 1 & 2 (0.3 PS CEUs each)

This workshop gives you a look at how we can expand our interpreting skills in a way that is more conceptually accurate. Participants will review and discuss common misconceptions in ASL and how to properly incorporate these concepts or voice them appropriately when interpreting. Presented by Jennifer Francisco and Haley Eyster in Workshop Room 2.  Part 1: Friday, 9 am - 12 pm; Part 2: Friday, 1 - 4 pm 

Deaf Professionals Terminology Panel (0.2 PS CEUs)

June Ann LeFors moderates this panel of Deaf professionals discussing specific terminology in a variety of fields, from gaming and streaming to medical interpreting to home remodeling. Panelists : Vyron Kirsom, Rikki Poynter, Allen Weaver, Dr. Jenelle Rouse, Jeremy Quiroga, and Hand Waves Birth. Hosted in the Lobby/Main Conference Room. Friday, 5 - 7 pm 

DI/HI Teaming from the Loop (0.1 PS CEUs)

As CDIs who do VRI medical interpreting full time, Jeremy Quiroga and Shawn Vriezen will share different methods to teaming with Deaf Interpreters. There is not one way to work with Deaf interpreters, come to the workshop to learn new and different ways to approach our work. Presented in Workshop Room 3. Saturday, 9 - 10 am 

Strategic Community Allyship: A Model of Success for Interpreters (0.3 PS CEUs)

This workshop encourages participants to take a closer look at the perceived and actual benefits of strategic community allyship. Through Deaf Lens, Corey Axelrod - founder and CEO of 2axend - will address privileges, individual and systematic biases and barriers, marginalization of ASL and Deaf culture, and the dynamics of social and systemic oppression. To address these long-standing issue that negatively impact the Deaf community, Corey will identify multiple ways sign language interpreters can provide long-term individual and collective strategic support that will benefit the Deaf and interpreting communities. Presented in Workshop Room 1. Saturday, 1 - 4 pm 

ASL Grammar: Theoretical ASL vs Common ASL (0.1 PS CEUs)

This workshop is about how classroom taught (theoretical) ASL is different rom real life (common) ASL. Topics of discussion will include English markers, word order, question structures, letter signs, rhetorical questions, adjective structure, and much more. Presented by Garrett Bose in Workshop Room 3. Sunday, 12 - 1 pm 

Self Care (1.2 CEUs possible)

Mental Mastery, Part 1: Interpreter's Mindset Impacts Cognitive Processing for Greater Resilience: (0.3 PS CEUs)

Caryl and Natalie Williams Love will discuss how cultivating curiosity and a growth mindset will enable you to persevere in the face of setbacks and obstacles, support you in valuing effort, enhance focus during your interpreting process. They will also talk about how a growth mindset keeps you open to feedback and learning from yourself and others within your team, as well as how to decrease stress and feelings of overwhelm that can hijack your focus during an interpreting assignment. This is the first workshop towards building Cognitive Resilience from the Bounce Back Better® System developed by The Flourishing Center©. Presented in Workshop Room 3. Friday, 9 am - 12 pm 

Mental Mastery, Part 2: Interpreter's Mindset Impacts Cognitive Processing for Greater Resilience: (0.3 PS CEUs)

This is the second workshop in the Mental Mastery Track; it requires participants to have attended the first workshop, "Interpreter's Mindset Impacts Cognitive Processing for Greater Resilience". This session will take the next steps from an "Interpreter's Mindset" and add the cognitive and behavioral skills that will empower participants to reframe pessimistic thoughts/beliefs which will help increase positive affect and take growth mindset actions. It is not what happens to us that affects how we feel, it's our INTERPRETATIONS of the situation. The key to resilience is having flexibility and accuracy in those interpretations. Presented by Caryl and Natalie Williams Love in Workshop Room 3. Friday, 1 - 4 pm 

Self Care for Interpreters in 2D (VRS/VRI): (0.3 PS CEUs)

In this workshop, Brea Cross-Caldwell will define the three components of burnout and which is the most strongly linked to negative impacts on our health, relationships, and work, and describe what happens in the brain when stressed. Participants will examine the effects of stress on  their interpreting, apply the Learning Zone Model to their current experiences of stress as an interpreter, and create a plan for building stress-resilience throughout the day. Presented in Workshop Room 3. Saturday, 1 - 4 am 

EQ Part 1: Introduction to Super-charge Your Interpreting Skills by Mastering Your EQ: Emotional Intelligence: (0.3 PS CEUs)

Research shows that emotional intelligence (EQ) is a more powerful predictor of success than IQ, education level, or other things that we might typically expect to find. The ability to recognize and redirect emotions that are not helpful, is rarely taught to us, yet it’s an essential skillset for interpreting success. It is what separates people who are reactive and feel out of control of their emotions from those who achieve a sense of personal mastery. Interpreters, join us to uncover what emotions are, how they operate, and how to get more of the ones that you want and work with the emotions that you don’t want so that you are in better control during any interpreting assignment. Presented by Caryl and Natalie Williams Love in Workshop Room 2. Saturday, 1 - 4 pm

EQ Part 2: Advanced/Emotional Intelligence: Thoughts/Feelings: (0.3 PS CEUs)

This is the second workshop in the Emotional Intelligence Track; it requires participants to have attended the first workshop, "Introduction to Super-charge Your Interpreting Skills by Mastering Your EQ: Emotional Intelligence". Continuing from the Introduction of EQ effect on interpreting, this session will empower interpreters with greater mastery over their emotions by identifying the relationship between thoughts and feelings. Participants will learn a greater understanding of how and why human beings get triggered and how to work with those triggers with themselves and others before, during, and post assignment to support mental and emotional focus on the interpreting and collaboration of our jobs. Sunday, 9 am - 12 pm 

Member's Choice (1.3 CEUs possible)

Healthcare Interpreting: Ethics and Cultural Competence: (0.3 PS CEUs)

Shawn Norris leads a discussion of the ethics guiding interpreters specific to healthcare and how to navigate cultural bumps in a healthcare encounter. Presented in Workshop Room 1. Friday, 9 am - 12 pm 

FRID 2021 Annual Business Meeting: (No CEUs offered)

Take a moment out of your of interpretation rejuvenation to see where the organization has done in the past year and help shape where we're headed! Please join FRID for our 2021 Annual Business Meeting and help shape the direction of FRID for the coming year. The FRID Board of Directors invites all our members to the meeting. Board members and Committee Chairs will give updates on the work they have been doing, newly elected officers will be sworn in for their term of service (which begins January 1, 2022), the floor will be open for members to make motions, and we’ll announce the recipient of the 2021 Distinguished Service Award! This meeting is open for both members and non-members to attend. Register for free at the Annual Business Meeting event page. Hosted by the FRID Board of Directors in the Lobby/Main Conference Room. Saturday, 10 am - 12 pm 

Tax Mistakes All Interpreters Need to Avoid: (0.3 PS CEUs)

Being a freelance interpreter requires more than just interpreting. Focus is so heavily placed on language and skill that the business side of the profession often falls through the cracks. Through engaging content and hands-on activities, participants will learn how to avoid the most common tax mistakes that interpreters make. By becoming tax savvy freelancers, interpreters can transform their business practices and improve their current and future careers. Presented by Rosemary Bocian in Workshop Room 3. Sunday, 9 am - 12 pm 

Lenguaje Inclusivo: Retos Existentes entre quienes usan el Español (Inclusive Language: Current Challenges within Spanish Language Users): (0.4 PS CEUs)

When interpreters work from ASL to Spoken/Written Spanish and vice versa the challenge of the use of the pronouns is one of the first situations that the interpreter must dominate because unlike English, the Spanish Language is a GENDERED language. How can the interpreter work with individuals who use They/Them? This workshop will provide the tools and mechanisms necessary to be ready to work when those situations occur. Presented by Carmelo Falú-Rodriguez and Jorgelván López-Martínez in Workshop Room 2. Sunday, 9 am - 1 pm

Valuing Our Profession through Volunteerism: (0.1 PS CEUs)

Interpreting as a profession has grown and developed quickly over the last fifty years. This growth can be attributed to the tireless effort of volunteers who give their time and energy to work for local affiliate chapters. This workshop will explain the role of RID affiliate chapters and the importance of membership and active support in the organizations serving the interpreting and Deaf communities. Presented by Kenneth Houghtaling in Workshop Room 1. Sunday, 12 - 1 pm


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