Michigan Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

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Fall Professional Development Day

  • 14 Nov 2015
  • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Max Colley Performing Arts Center 4451 Hunsberger Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI


  • Not a MIRID Member
  • **MIRID Student Membership is only $15 for the year!***
  • Select this pricing option ONLY if you do NOT want or require to receive CEUs for these workshops.
  • Not a MIRID Member
  • **MIRID Student Membership is only $15 for the year!***
  • Select this pricing option ONLY if you do NOT want or require to receive CEUs for these workshops.

Registration is closed


 Two Fantastic Presentations 
 by Trudy Suggs 

Think of a Word, Quick 

0.3 Professional CEUs Approved for this Workshop*

9:00AM – 12:00PM

When we interpret, we often encounter situations where we must make a wide variety of word and phrase choices, but we don’t always respond quickly enough with the appropriate or best choices. This workshop, designed for the intermediate to advanced interpreter, provides opportunities for participants to be involved with word/sign exercises, expanding their lexicon and appropriate vocabulary choice for either ASL or English. Participants focus on ways to expand their lexicons in both languages, especially during the interpreting process. Activities include games, actual interpreting, and lexical activities for numerous settings. This fun yet educational workshop is sure to have participants leave with new words, new strategies and a new understanding of thinking quickly.


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Interpreters: The Path from 
Deaf Disempowerment to True Allies 

0.3 Professional CEUs Approved for this Workshop*

1:30PM – 4:30PM

  1. Trudy Suggs, based on her November 2012 presentation that went viral online, provides a historical overview of how interpreters and Deaf people have contributed to the disempowerment of Deaf people. Participants will look at real-life examples and media stories, and use case studies to develop resolutions or strategies. With deep introspection in a positive, upbeat manner with like-minded peers, participants will leave with positive and new strategies for how they can recognize, and address, disempowerment on an everyday basis. 

    Also explored are the five levels of enculturation among deaf people, and Gary Sanderson’s Sore Thumb Theory as it applies to deaf disempowerment and interpreters. Finally, in this discussion-intensive workshop, Participants will develop and apply approaches to building alliances, serving as allies, and promoting alliance-building. With deep introspection in a positive, upbeat manner with like-minded peers from both the Deaf community and the interpreter community, participants will leave with positive and new perspectives.

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After a Brief Intermission:

MIRID General Business Meeting  


 Door Prize drawn at the Business Meeting 

 Be sure to ATTEND! 

Mirid Members and Guests please stay for the MIRID Business Meeting to join us in planning for and attaining our goals to support the Interpreting, Deaf and Hearing Communities here in the great state of Michigan! To this end, we need each and every one of you to get involved so that we may achieve a higher degree of success in all of our endeavors.

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We hope to see you at the Workshops and
the MIRID Business Meeting, too!

*ICRID is the CMP sponsor for these events. Each workshop is being offered for 0.3 Professional Studies CEU's at the Some Content Knowledge Level.

50% Cancellation Fee for all workshops if cancelled on or before October 31st, 2015.
No refunds will be offered on or after November 1, 2015.


MIRID has reserved a block of rooms at the "Comfort Suites North" in Grand Rapids (Comstock Park) for the November 14th Fall Professional Development Day.

If you would like to stay overnight before, or possibly after the workshop, feel free to take advantage of the discounted rate of $99.95 per night for either a King Suite (1 bed) or a Queen Suite (2 beds). 

PLEASE contact the hotel directly and let them know you are with the "Michigan Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf" (Don't use "MIRID" as they are unfamiliar with the acronym.)


Comfort Suites - Grand Rapids North
350 Dodge St, Comstock Park, MI 49321
Telephone number is (616) 785-7899.

***Make sure you book for COMFORT SUITES NORTH on Dodge St. (There are 2 Comfort Inn's in Grand Rapids.)***


P.O. Box 1143

Temperance, MI 48182


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