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South Carolina Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Annual Conference 2020

February 28 - March 1, 2020

Pawleys Island, South Carolina

Registration for conference is currently sold out 

Welcome to the SC RID 2020 Annual Conference!

This year we are heading to the coast for some sand, sunshine, socialization and of course studying techniques in interpreting.

We are bringing Sundays back as well! We anticipate that many will not be able to start driving until after work on Friday.

Therefore, Friday evening will be dinner and a show; afterwards there will be plenty of time for networking and seeing old friends.

The remainder of the weekend will be dedicated to skill-based practice workshops, networking and some sunrise yoga on the beach.

Our conference venue is an established and quaint oceanfront inn that is full of character and the smell of the salt air!

Nestled between busy Myrtle Beach and historic Georgetown, we hope you enjoy the small-town charm of Pawleys.

There will be fantastic presenters, good food, and lots of time to catch up with interpreting colleagues.

Join us on Pawleys Island as we relax and revitalize our skills and professional relationships.

Registration opens midnight on Black Friday for SCRID Members

(November 29, 2018)

Conference Presenters

Wink Smith Jr.

Wink, MA, MBA, NIC Master, enjoys researching and creating various workshops that focus on skill building through deliberate practice, which he wrote about in the RID Views, Winter 2012 issue. Presenting workshops the last ten years at national conferences (NAD, RID, Silent Weekend) regional conferences (RID I, II, III, IV, V), state conferences, and local workshops across the nation has given Wink experiences to enhance applications for interpreters of all levels. Wink is widely noted for the comfortable atmosphere he creates and the passion he exudes. Currently Wink travels full time performing, presenting workshops, and managing Winkshop, Inc, through which he has developed a dozen training DVDs. A fun fact: in 2016 alone, Wink traveled professionally enough miles to circle the earth over three times.

Workshop (Winkshop)

"HOW TO SHOW AND TELL: Parsing, a new practice model" (0.7 CEU)

Sign language interpreters have long sought for message equivalency from English to American Sign Language (ASL). The interpreter education landscape has historically focused on language acquisition, interpreting models, and other tools to assist second language users to become familiar with ASL grammar and provide techniques to deliver message equivalency.  Current methods of interpreting are sets of theoretical directions that leave the student to make unguided decisions which could create a linear, English-based signed message. Many models lead students to process without explaining how to actually detach from the source language to actually achieve equivalency in the target language. When asked how they achieved their outcome, a common response has been to not know or it “just happened.” However, if presented with a checklist of guided questions (decision tree), the student will discover more effective and reproducible results in message comprehension and expression of the target language using a more rich ASL-based interpretation that is produced inside a message equivalency from English to ASL.  This process is an adaptation of parsing: to separate out and compartmentalized the message in order to unpack, rearrange, understand, and practice English to ASL interpreting with distinctive features that utilize the student’s abilities and knowledge of both languages.

This workshop will instruct participants on how to parse written English texts using a decision tree which will guide participants in maximizing comprehension of the English text, detaching from the source text, and having structured choices for the target text.  This deliberate practice provides the key to creating an internal framework for processed interpretation from English to ASL. With continued use and internalization of the process, students will produce live work with more awareness and intentional choices for creating a near-equivalent message.


Wink has stories from his CODA childhood, his made up “interpreter life”, and some other random experiences. He shares the ones he finds amusing. Enjoy bits from his on-the-road stand-up comedy performed in American Sign Language blended with improv.


Roger Williams

Mr. Williams is the Executive Director of the Spartanburg Area Mental Health Center with the South Carolina Department of Mental Health. He received his B.S.W. from the Rochester Institute of Technology, his M.S.W., specializing in community mental health, from the University of Illinois and has finished coursework towards a PhD at the University of South Carolina College of Social Work. Mr. Williams is a S.C. Licensed Independent Social Worker - Clinical Practice and holds a RID Certificate of Transliteration, a SCAD/NAD IAP Level 5, and is a Qualified Mental Health Interpreter. He has been recognized at the state and national level for his leadership in mental health services within the Deaf community.


"FINDING THE NEEDLE IN THE HAYSTACK: Creativity in ASL-to-English Interpreting"(0.3 CEU)

From a theoretical perspective, for most hearing interpreters, interpreting from ASL to English should be easier than interpreting from English to ASL. Yet many interpreters identify this as an area of greatest weakness. This workshop will focus on the process of ASL to English interpreting and assist participants in creatively using Spoken English to express the nuance, variation and diversity in ASL. Techniques for enhancing the skill level at each step of the process will then be demonstrated with opportunities for participants to practice in each area.

Conference Registration Pricing

SC RID Members

Black Friday Deal

(November 29, 2019 from 12:00 am -11:59 pm)


Early Bird

(November 30 - December 31, 2019) 


Regular Rates

(January 1 - January 31, 2020)


Late Registration

(February 1 - February 14, 2020)



Early Bird

(November 30 - December 31, 2019) 


Regular Rates

(January 1 - January 31, 2020)


Late Registration

(February 1 - February 14, 2020)



(Must provide proof of current college enrollment upon registration)

Early Bird

(November 30 - December 31, 2019) 


Regular Rates

(January 1 - January 31, 2020)


Late Registration

(February 1 - February 14, 2020)


Registration will end February 14, 2020

Conference Schedule

Friday, February 28

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  • Registration / Hotel Check-in

6:00 pm - 7:20 pm

  • Opening remarks (Location: Spirit Meeting Room 6:00pm - 6:15pm)
  • Dinner catered by Austin's Ocean One (Location: Austin's Cabana Cafe & Beach Bar  6:15-7:20)

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

  • Entertainment provided by Wink Smith Jr (Location: Spirit Meeting Room)

9:00 pm

Networking and socialization

Saturday, February 29

7:30 AM

  • Continental Breakfast available (Location: Lobby area)

8:30 am - 12:00 pm

  • "HOW TO SHOW AND TELL: Parsing, a new practice model" by Wink Smith Jr 

(Location: Spirit Meeting Room)

12:05 pm - 1:45 pm

  • Lunch catered by Austin's Ocean One (Location: Cabana Cafe & Beach Bar)
  • Business Meeting (Location: Spirit Meeting Room)

2:00 pm - 5:30 pm

  • "HOW TO SHOW AND TELL: Parsing, a new practice model" by Wink Smith Jr (cont.) (0.7 CEU total)

(Location: Spirit Meeting Room)

5:30 PM

  • Dinner on your own 

Spend this afternoon networking and catching up with old and new friends

Sunday, March 1

6:30 AM - 7:30 AM (for the early risers)

  • Sunrise Yoga on the beach by Mequila Sizemore (bring your yoga mat or a towel, Sunrise 6:44 AM)

7:30 AM

  • Continental Breakfast available (Location: Lobby area)

8:30 am - 11:30 am

  • "FINDING THE NEEDLE IN THE HAYSTACK: Creativity in ASL-to-English Interpreting" by Roger Williams (0.3 CEU)

(Location: Spirit Meeting Room)

11:30 am - 11:45 am 

  • Closing remarks - see you next year!

*please note this is a tentative schedule*

1.0 CEUs total available



Conference Policies

By registering for the 2020 annual conference you agree to having read the following:

Refund Policy:

Refunds will be available as follows:

Refund in full available until December 31, 2019

50% refund from January 1 - February 1, 2020

Refunds will not be available after February 1, 2020 except by approval of the Board of Directors

*Registration may not be transferred to another person*

Language Policy:

SC RID Conferences are conducted using only American Sign Language. Attendees must adhere to the conference language policy at all times during conference events. 

Payment Policy:

Payment is due at the time of registration. If your place of employment intends to pay on your behalf please reach out to Moriah Starr in advance. Moriah, SC RID Treasurer, can be reached at sc.rid.treas@gmail.com. A private payment link can be sent to your institution for online payment and Moriah can assist in completing the registration process.

Additional Notes:

This year is a voting year. If you intend to vote, make sure that you are signed up as a "Voting Member" (which means you have an RID number and are a member in good standing with both RID and SC RID). Please bring your electronic devices with you to conference so that you can sign into your online account to access the polling system!


The Oceanfront Litchfield Inn

The Oceanfront Litchfield Inn is an established, cozy and quaint Pawleys Island inn that has provided beachfront views to guests for over 60 years. The pristine coastline and stunning views are a large reason we picked this venue. This will be our first time as an organization to host conference in Pawleys Island and we look forward to the small coastal town ambiance. We hope that you too enjoy the quiet, relaxing environment as we come together to learn and network this year.

Bedding is available in one King, Two Doubles or Two Queens

All units have a mini fridge, microwave oven and coffee maker

Cold continental breakfast included for all hotel guests

*All units are individually owned and will vary in the interior design of the units*

All units are non-smoking and pets are not allowed, per the on-site HOA.

SC RID Group Rates:

  • Poolside Rooms: $111
  • Oceanfront Tower Rooms: $127
  • Oceanfront Dunes Rooms: $135 

Room rates are plus tax of 11% and $13.00 destination and resort fee daily.

Reservations for the group rate must be made by 1/28/2020. The property will continue accepting reservations after said date on a space available basis only.

Reservations can be made by calling (843)-237-4211

Check in: 4:00 PM Check out: 11:00 AM

Cash or Credit only (no personal checks)


*We understand some individuals may prefer a more corporate/standard hotel experience*

Alternative accommodation option:

Hampton Inn

Address: 150 Willbrook Blvd, Pawleys Island, SC 29585 (4 minute drive from venue)

Phone: (843) 235-2000


Friday dinner and Saturday lunch will be catered by Austin's Ocean One

Chef Bill Austin is an honors graduate of the CIA, The Culinary Institute of America. He brings credentials and experience to the position of Executive Chef at Ocean One and Cabana Cafe, having owned and operated seven restaurants over the years. Chef Bill has won numerous culinary awards for food preparation, presentation and original recipes. 

Dinner, Friday, February 28, 2019 at 6:15PM

(meal includes an entrée, small caesar salad, chef’s choice dessert, non - alcoholic beverage, alcoholic beverages available for purchase)

Entrée Selections:

  • Cabana Meat Loaf with wild Mushroom sauce, Mashed Potatoes and Vegetables
  • Austin’s Bronzed Grouper Filet with Southern Succotash with Baby Beans, Corn & Bacon, Lemon, Caper, Dill Aioli
  • Pawley’s Pasta with one choice of either 1) Shrimp, 2) Chicken, or 3) Mushrooms, with Sun-dried Tomato, Basil, Parmesan Cream Sauce with Spinach and Shrimp over Penne Pasta

Lunch, Saturday, February 29, 2019 at 12PM

(includes an entrée and a non-alcoholic beverage)

Entrée Selections:

  • Southern Cobb Salad Mixed Greens, Fried Okra, Tomato, Hard Boiled Egg, Grilled Chicken, Bacon, Cheddar, Avocado, Jalapeno Ranch Dressing
  • Southern Cobb Salad (without meat) Mixed Greens, Fried Okra, Tomato, Hard Boiled Egg, Cheddar, Avocado, Jalapeno Ranch Dressing
  • Buttermilk Battered Chicken Strip Basket with Peach Slaw, Fries and Honey Mustard Mayo.
  • Southern Dip - Sliced Roast Beef, Hoagie Roll, Melted Swiss, French Fries & Au Jus Dip

*Saturday dinner is on your own so that you can see the town and enjoy time away from the venue with colleagues.

A list will be provided of local restaurants*

Conference Venue

The Oceanfront Litchfield Inn

Spirit Meeting Room

1 Norris Dr, Pawleys Island, SC 29585

The Spirit Room is located inside The Oceanfront Litchfield Inn in Pawleys Island, SC 

This venue will provide a more intimate learning environment for this year's conference.

Conference Cap: In every venue there is a set maximum capacity. Our facility this year will create a more intimate learning environment for our members. SC RID coastal based conferences historically average 45 participants. Our max capacity this year is 50 people. Due to facility limitations there is no at the door registration allowed. A waiting list will develop if registration reaches 50 participants. 

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