In this issue

GVRRID Elections - Starts Sunday
GVRRID General Meeting - Tomorrow!
DeafBlind Women's History Panel
CNYRID General Meeting
Deaf Community Panel
The Beginnings of ASL in the US
Movie Screening - Lake Windfall
Medical Interpreting Workshop
Allyship Workshop

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GVRRID Elections
Voting open 3/14 - 3/20

Eliza Fowler for President Nikki Cherry for Vice President
Emily Call for Treasurer Keven Poore for Deaf MAL


Please see gvrrid.org/elections to read their bios.
Only dual members will get emailed ballots.
Check to make sure your GVR membership is up to date!

GVRRID General Meeting

Saturday March 13th, 9-11am

Come meet the candidates before voting opens on March 14th!

Also on the agenda:

Meet Jason Farr, our Region 1 Rep

Hear about the RIT Randleman Program's Endowed Scholarship

See our website for the Zoom links and phone numbers.

DeafBlind Women's History Panel

Saturday March 20th, 2021
3-5pm EST

Featuring: Ashlea Hayes, Cristina Hartmann, Debbie Sommer, Jennifer Keaton, Kelly Monahan, Victoria Monroe
Moderators: Sarah Morrison and Rhonda Voight-Campbell
Cost: $25 per person
CEUs: 0.2

This workshop will be conducted in ASL. Captioning and voice interpreting will be provided. Streamtext will be available. A separate room will have access to CDIs.

For more information and registration: www.dbsan.org

CNYRID Town Hall Meeting

Friday, March 26, 2021 - 7:30 pm
Jason Farr RID Region I Representative


Have you been wondering:

  • What does the future of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf at the national level look like?
  • Is CNYRID going to stay alive as an affiliate chapter?
  • What about special interests like Mentors, Deaf Interpreters, Educational Interpreters, Deaf New Americans, ASL Students, Agencies as allies, Theatrical interpreting, CEUs and certification?
  • Who is Jason Farr?

Come join the Zoom Q & A!

Click here for the Zoom link!

Deaf Community Panel

Monday March 15th
Free online event

A great collaboration between D'Youville College & Deaf Access Services
during Deaf History Month.
Featuring James Postell, Cookie Brand, and Jacob Leffler.

See more details and sign up at www.wnydas.org/events.

The Beginnings of ASL in the US

Tuesday March 30th
Free online Event

A presentation from Pamela Conley, a professor from RIT/NTID.

Bio:  Pamela Conley (BA in English and Education, MS in Deaf Education, MA in English Literature, working towards a PhD in Humanities and Culture with an interdisciplinary focus) Associate Professor, RIT/NTID, writing consultant in the University Writing Program, coordinator of academic support for deaf and hard of hearing students in the College of Liberal Arts; coordinator of the associate in science (AS) degree in applied liberal arts program for deaf and hard-of-hearing students; areas of specialization in literary representations of deaf people and interdisciplinary studies of deaf people

An event collaboration between D'Youville College & Deaf Access Services during Deaf History Month

Watch the presentation here!

Movie Screening - Lake Windfall

Thursday April 8th
Free online event

Lake Windfall is a 2013 American post-apocalyptic movie written by Tony Nitko and Roger Vass Jr, and directed by Roger Vass Jr. The film was produced by Rustic Lantern Films, as subsidiary of Deaf Empowerment Awareness Foundation. The film focuses on the interaction between five friends who set off for a weekend of camping.


A collaboration between D'Youville & Deaf Access Services during Deaf History Month.

To Watch the Movie: Click Below

Lake Windfall Movie

Medical Interpreting Workshop Opportunity

The Medical Interpreting Kaleidoscope: A Conversation on Perspectives

Saturday March 20th, 9a-12p via Zoom

Presented by Corey Axelrod

$40 - 0.3 CEUs, Professional Studies, RID CMP

As interpreters are an essential part of the multidisciplinary team in healthcare settings, how interpreters respond to various healthcare situations may affect job performance and, ultimately, patients' clinical experiences. During this interactive workshop, Corey Axelrod - 2axend's founder and CEO - will explore key stakeholder perspectives in various situations and equip interpreters with tools to provide services that are responsive to, an respectful of, Deaf clients, patients, family members and health care providers' preferences and communication access needs.

After the training, participants will:

  • Recognize common challenges and obstacles Deaf individuals encounter in healthcare settings;
  • Anticipate and react appropriately to difficult situations;
  • Be mindful of their own triggers and the effect they have on clients/patients, family members and members of the healthcare team; and
  • Understand and apply best practices to create positive communication accessibility experiences for all stakeholders.

Register here.

Strategic Community Allyship Workshop Opportunity

Strategic Community Allyship: A Model of Success for Interpreters

Saturday March 20th, 1-4p via Zoom

Presented by Corey Axelrod

$40 - 0.3 CEUs, Power, Privilege and Oppression, RID CMP

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 issues that negatively impact the Deaf community, Corey will identify multiple ways sign language interpreters can effectively provide long-term individual and collective strategic support that will benefit the Deaf and interpreting communities.

After this workshop, participants will:

● Gain sensitivity and competence needed to effectively engage in conversations about overt oppression and the “-isms” the Deaf community faces;

● Identify and acknowledge potential where individuals’ powers and privileges may inadvertently or unintentionally oppress marginalized populations; and

● Understand and apply best practices to challenge the existing status quo and injustices.

Register here

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