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Coming Together. Leading Together. SCRID 2018 Conference!

  • Friday, February 23, 2018
  • 3:00 PM
  • Saturday, February 24, 2018
  • 5:00 PM
  • 1575 Fording Island Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926


  • This rate is ONLY available on Black Friday!
  • This rate is ONLY available on Black Friday!
  • This rate is ONLY available on black Friday!

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SCRID Annual Conference

Friday, February 23rd - Saturday, February 24th


Conference will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel in Hilton Head South Carolina! 


Reservations can be made for a discounted rate by using the link below. Special room rates are only available until January 24th!


 Conference reminders:

Keep in Mind: You MUST attend the entire workshop to be eligible to collect CEUs for that session.

These workshops carry Professional Studies CEUs and are offered at the Some Knowledge level.

Language Policy: This is an ASL only conference. Please sign at all times.

Cancellations Policy: 50% refund until February 9th. After February 9th, no refund will be given.

Registration and payment arrangements are in the purview of the South Carolina RID.

***Early registration ends on January 1st at midnight. Starting February registration cost for conference will increase***

***Registration cost includes attendance to workshops from 3:00pm on Friday and all day Saturday. ***

Registration Costs

Black Friday Special Rate

Members: $100.00
Non-Members: $125.00
Students: $75.00

Early Registration (November 25th until January 1st at midnight)

Members: $150.00
Non-Members: $200.00
Students: $100.00

Regular Registration (January 2nd until February 9th)

Members: $200.00
Non-Members: $250.00
Students: $125.00

Late Registration (February 10th until the day of Conference)

Members: $250.00
Non-Members: $300.00
Students: $150.00

Conference Presenters

Joshua Pennise: 

Secretary of the RID Board of Directors, is a native of Virginia coast but calls New York City home.  He learned ASL from Deaf friends as a teen and interpreting through mentoring and generous professionals in the field.  At eighteen, he passed the RID CI exam, latter adding the CT and NIC Advanced.  Josh interpreted while attending college at Old Dominion University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in human communication and a master’s degree in applied linguistics with an emphasis on sociolinguistics.  During his graduate career, he focused on collecting and examining language samples of Deaf people using ASL who have intellectual disabilities.  Josh has been involved in interpreting leadership since 1999.  Since 2006, Josh has worked in management for Sorenson Communications in local, regional and national positions.  He supplements this work with conference and freelance interpreting as well as teaching workshops around the United States.  When not working, Josh enjoys traveling the country (47 states and counting), the world (only 16 countries so far), and hugging and squeezing his two nieces and two nephews. 

Carla Shird: 

Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI), a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and member of the RID Diversity Council.  She obtained her BS degree from Howard University in psychology and her MA degree in mental health counseling from Gallaudet University.  She was a non-certified interpreter and support service provider (SSP) for 15+ years, received 30+ hours of specialized mentoring, and has been a CDI since 2013.  Carla interprets in business, community, religious, and educational settings, with more than fifteen years interpreting experience in mental health settings. 

Conference Schedule






3:00 - 6:00 pm

Skills working with a CDI

Carla Shird


6:00 - 6:30 pm

Light Refreshments

6:30 - 8:15 pm

Understanding Power and Privilege Part 1 (For CEU's must attend both)

Carla Shird


8:15 -10:00 pm

Understanding Power and Privilege Part 2 (For CEU's must attend both)

Carla Shird







9:00 -10:45 am


Joshua Pennise


11:00 -12:45 pm

Leading the profession forward

Joshua Pennise


12:45 -1:50 pm

Business Meeting & Lunch

2:00 - 5:00 pm

What did she just say? (Semantics)

Joshua Pennise


Two Day Total CEUs


Workshop Descriptions

Carla Shird: Skills working with CDIs

The fact that it is not common for deaf and hearing interpreters to work together as a team led to many questions about how to work effectively with a deaf interpreter. You may be wondering how and when you should request for a deaf interpreter and what to expect when working with a deaf or hearing interpreter. However, you may not have the opportunity to talk about how you feel about working with a deaf interpreter or hearing interpreter. How you feel about working with a deaf or hearing interpreter does affect the effectiveness of team interpreting.

Carla Shird: Understanding Power and Privilege Part 1 and 2

***Must attend both workshops in order to earn CEU's***

Deaf and hearing interpreters have conscious and unconscious power and

privilege. This workshop will help interpreters understand the roots of power

and privilege, which includes discussion on unpacking power and privilege to

help understand where they come from and how they are manifested.

Joshua Pennise:


Participants will explore together the path we have metaphorically traveled

from Ball State to right here in Hilton Head Island. Understanding our past

decisions and why we’ve made them helps us critically analyze where we need to

go in 2018 and beyond. RID derives its strength, direction, and movement from

individual members across the globe and this workshop will allow participants to

be an active part of RID’s living process of growth.

Leading the profession forward:

Understanding our collective past only gets us to the present; RID has an urgent

 need to chart its future. Over the course of this workshop, participants will

 identify how the association can move forward in a rapidly changing world and

 how each South Carolinian can be a key catalyst for change. Together we will

 explore how SCRID as an association and individual interpreters can band

 together to move our profession forward.

What did she just say? Analyzing meaning for a more accurate interpretation:

This workshop will explore the central concern of interpreters- what things

 mean. More specifically, we will discuss how to tell implications from

 statements of fact, the differences between conceptual systems that English

 and ASL are based upon, and how we form meaning in the first place. Film and

 sitcom clips will exemplify principles and participants will have the opportunity

 to discuss application in small groups. The first rule of interpreting is that you

 must understand that which you interpret- this workshop will aim to give

 interpreters the tools they need to take their abilities to the next level.  

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