GVRRID Mid-September ENews

In this issue:

GVRRID Announcements
GVRRID Fall General Meeting
GVRRID Proposed Bylaws Changes
GVRRID Looking for New PD Chair

Workshop / Networking Opportunities
BASL Workshop - 9/18
Terp Talk: Observation FAQs - 9/20
Talking Hands Book Study (PS CEUs)
Switched at Birth TV Series Study (PPO CEUs)
30% Off Multiple Webcasts!

Employment Opportunities
RIT DAS Now Hiring
Staff Interpreter Position Available - Service Bridges

Surveys / Studies
Survey for Rochester Area Interpreters
Interpreter Masking Survey
Interpreting Occupational Health Study
Deaf Perspectives on Alcohol Use Study

GVRRID Fall General Meeting

Saturday Sept 25th
Location: Zoom

Please join us for our fall general meeting.  While we were hoping that we'd be able to convene in person, the Board has decided to meet virtually to ensure that all in attendance are comfortable and can participate freely. We hope to see you all there! More information and details regarding the agenda will be sent out closer to the meeting day so be on the look out for that.

Zoom Information:
Meeting ID: 850 1394 0085
Passcode: 203651

Board Member Reports
Committee Reports
Proposed Bylaws Changes Q&A

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GVRRID Proposed Bylaws Changes

GVR occasionally reviews our bylaws to make sure they are updated and reflect current best practices. At this time, we believe there are enough changes to be made that we should bring our proposed edits to the members for approval. 

These changes fall into a few broad categories:
1. Removing outdated language / cleaning up grammar.
2. Clarifying our service area (at the request of RID.)
3. Standardizing Member-at-Large term lengths.
4. Adding a section about how special elections are supposed to run (previously mentioned in the bylaws but section was missing.)
5. Adding into the bylaws a non-voting board position of Immediate Past Treasurer (something the board has found very helpful over the past few years.)
6. Clarifying what happens during elections when positions are uncontested.

Please see the PDF here for all of the proposed changes to the bylaws.

PLEASE NOTE - We have taken out the suggested edit that members must live/work in the Rochester Metropolitan area after getting clarification from RID HQ. However, we are still leaving in the proposed edit that board members must be from the area.

We will have time during the Fall General Meeting on 9/25 to discuss any questions or concerns about the bylaws before sending them out electronically for a vote!

We will not have enough time to go through the proposed changes one by one at the meeting, so please read them ahead of time and come with questions / concerns.

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GVRRID Looking for New PD Chair

Hello members! GVRRID is continuing our search for a new professional development committee chair that can help us to offer PD to our members. We will provide training and support and guidance for anyone who might be willing to chair or even co-chair this committee. Please let us know if you're interested or know someone who might be a good fit! The committee chair must be a member of GVRRID.

Please contact President@GVRRID.org for more information!

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BASL Workshop 9/18

BASL, what that?
Presented by: Vyron Kinson *IN ASL*
Where: Zoom (Link will be provided upon registration)
When: September 18th, 2021
Time: 10:00am-11:30am
Cost: FREE for all LIRID Members (LIRID Membership is Free)
Non LIRID Members: $15.00

Workshop Overview
This workshop teaches participants all about Black ASL all while fostering positive and open dialogue. We'll discuss who uses BASL, when people use BASL, where you may see BASL during your work, and the importance of historically black universities and colleges.


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Terp Talk - Observation FAQs

Terp Talk: Observation FAQ's

Monday September 20th, 6-8pm
RIT SDC 1300

Start building your peer and professional support group! Everyone is welcome to join!

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Talking Hands Book Study

Click the above image for the full PDF flyer.

You are invited to join a workshop for
1.2 Professional Study CEU’s
October 1, 2021 to November 19, 2021
Talking Hands by Margalit Fox
Cost $65

Talking Hands offers a fascinating introduction to the signed languages of the world -- languages as beautiful, vital and emphatically human as any other -- explaining why they are now furnishing cognitive scientists with long-sought keys to understanding how language works in the mind.

Instructions for joining this book study:

- Contact Fran Whiteside at aslceus@gmail.com to participate.
- Buy, download or borrow the book.

During book study:

A google discussion group will be set up.
- Each week an online discussion question will be posted.
- An evaluation will be sent and must be completed.
- Materials will not be accepted after 11/20/21.
- CEU’s will be sent to RID on or about 12/4/21.
- No refunds will be given.
- Please request a receipt if needed.

If you have any questions please email aslceus@gmail.com

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Switched at Birth TV Series Study

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You are invited to join a workshop for
.5 Professional Study CEU's in
Power, Privilege and Oppression
October 8, 2021 to November 5, 2021
Cost $40

Sixteen years ago, one mistake changed two families forever when two newborns were switched at birth. Bay grew up in a wealthy family while Daphne, who lost her hearing as a child, was raised by a single mom in a working class neighborhood.

Instructions for joining this study:

- Contact Fran Whiteside at aslceus@gmail.com to participate.
- Buy, download or borrow the book.

During study:

- A google discussion group will be set up.
- Each week an online discussion question will be posted.
- An evaluation will be sent and must be completed.
- Materials will not be accepted after 11/6/21.
- CEU’s will be sent to RID on or about 11/30/21.
- No refunds will be given.
- Please request a receipt if needed.

If you have any questions please email aslceus@gmail.com

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30% Off Deaf Action Center Webcasts!

Jump in to Fall and take advantage of this opportunity to expand your mind with one (or more) of our incredible educational webcasts.

From now until September 30, 2021, we are offering an unlimited 30% discount on ALL webcasts with the promo code Fall2021. Just enter Fall2021 at checkout and a 30% discount will be applied to your purchase. There is no limit to how many times you can use it, so buy as many webcasts as you want and make the most of this time.

**Be sure to click on apply discount code and then click on apply discount**

*This discount does not apply to any classes**

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RID DAS Now Hiring

RIT's Department of Access Services is now hiring fulltime interpreters.

See the job posting for more information!

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Staff Interpreter Position Available

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The only Deaf owned and operated American Sign Language/English interpreter services agency serving greater Western New York is currently seeking qualified candidates for our Staff Interpreter team!

• Access to medical/dental/vision benefits
• Paid time off
• Base Salary + Hourly Rate
• First choice for preferred assignment types
• 24/7 support team

Qualified candidates, contact us today on our website or send an email to us directly at access@servicebridges.com

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Survey for Rochester Interpreters

Click video for ASL Version

From Jonathan Roman:

Hey everyone, 

I'm currently a graduate student in the Service Leadership and Innovation MS program at RIT's Saunders College of Business.

My research thesis involves discovering the origin of knowledge and interest in interpreting, through the experience of working interpreters in Rochester, NY. Furthermore, to see if these experiences differ among white and BIPOC communities. 

This is a call to all local interpreters within the Rochester area to fill out an online survey. This survey takes less than 5 minutes to fill out and the research will improve recruitment for prospective interpreting students in Rochester, and possibly all over the US. Please take the time to make a difference in our profession. Thank you.

The link can be found right here:  


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Interpreter Masking Survey

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I invite you and constituents in your organization to participate in a research study titled “Perception and Preferences of Face Coverings by Interpreters for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.”  My name is Katie Curry, and I am currently enrolled in the Doctor of Audiology program at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, AR.

The purpose of this research study is to explore the perception and preferences of face coverings by interpreters of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The COVID-19 pandemic over the past year has impacted communication for many people, and we would like to help shape future use and development of face coverings, especially for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals who use interpreter services. It is a goal of this study to publish this data.  

To ensure your confidentiality, we are not collecting any identifying information that could be used to identify you.

If you have any questions about this project, feel free to contact Katelyn Curry at ktcurry@uams.edu or Dr. Sam Atcherson at sratcherson@uams.edu. Information on the rights of human subjects in research is available through the UAMS Institutional Review Board (http://irb.uams.edu/).

To access the online survey, please click here.

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Interpreting Occupational Health Study

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The occupational health of an essential worker population: Sign language interpreters” has been approved by the University of Rochester, Research Subjects Review Board and now, is officially open to gathering data. Please find the recruitment flyer attached with a link to the study survey embedded. To participate, interpreters must be certified and working remotely from home at least 10 hours/week. Don’t hesitate to reach out to the email address listed on the flyer with any questions or concerns.

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Deaf Perspectives on Alcohol Use Study

Have you been drinking more alcohol?
If you are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, you may qualify for an interview about the decision to get treatment. We want to learn about your thoughts on treatment, barriers you experience to getting treatment, and what would support you.
You will be paid $40 for your participation.

You can contact the researchers at:

Email: Aileen_Aldalur@URMC.Rochester.edu or
Video Phone: 585-371-6125

Watch ASL Video here

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