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2022 SC RID Annual Conference

  • Friday, February 04, 2022
  • 3:00 PM
  • Sunday, February 06, 2022
  • 11:00 AM
  • Hilton Garden Inn Columbia Airport @ 110 McSwain Dr, West Columbia, SC 29169


  • Conference Committee volunteer
  • ***This price includes dinner Friday night and lunch Saturday, but does not include the price of a room***
  • Current SC RID board of directors officer.
  • Current SC RID member

    ***This price includes dinner Friday night and lunch Saturday, but does not include the price of a room***
  • Current ITP student. To verify status as a current ITP student, at the time of registration, please email with a copy of your current student ID OR your interpreting professor can email that address to verify that you are a student.

    ***This price includes dinner Friday night and lunch Saturday, but does not include the price of a room***
  • This is a flat rate for anyone who wishes to join virtually for the workshop, business meeting and voting on Saturday and the workshop on Sunday.

    A zoom link will be emailed out the week of the event.
  • For use by individuals who are redeeming a previously awarded workshop voucher.

SC RID is excited to present our first ever hybrid conference and our first in-person conference since 2019!

This year's theme is "Moving Forward: Empowering, Elevating, Educating" and the conference will be hosted at the Hilton Garden Inn at the following address in Columbia, SC:

Hilton Garden Inn Columbia Airport

110 McSwain Dr.

West Columbia, SC 29169

Booking link - 

***Click here for the Hilton's website***

Conference schedule

*All times are EST*

Friday, February 4, 2022

***3:00-5:00pm - registration at the hotel***


Dinner @ the hotel 5:00-6:30pm

Dinner menu - lemon chicken, beef tips,  mashed potatoes, roasted green beans, salad, dinner rolls, chefs choice dessert, tea/coffee


7:00-9:00pm - Deaf storytelling and comedy and show:

Ben Jarashow Live!

CEUs pending approval

Event description:

This show offers a range of stories, from embarrassing, comedic real-life experiences to stand-up comedy. Prepare for a visual journey filled with humor, vivid imagery, and laughter.

Participants will be able to: 

  1. Develop an understanding of narratives of personal experiences in deaf community.

  2. Understand the cultural context in which works of literature are produced and received.

  3. Explore the Deaf community's own unique brand of humor

***This comedy show is open to the public and may be purchased here, in advance, or at the door for $15 (cash, check or Venmo) for non-conference attendees. If you are attending the conference, this show is included in the registration fee The performance will be entirely conducted in American Sign Language and will not be streamed virtually**

Presenter bio:

Ben Jarashow was born deaf in California and grew up at the California School for the Deaf, Fremont. It was there that his passion for ASL storytelling was cultivated, but his love for Deaf Studies wasn’t realized until he enrolled in college. After that light bulb moment, he went on to graduate from Gallaudet University in 2004 with a Bachelor’s degree in Deaf Studies. Then Ben obtained his Master’s degree in Deaf Studies: Cultural Studies in 2006, also from Gallaudet University. His Master’s thesis focused on developing criteria for a better quality of ABC storytelling. 

Ben taught Deaf Studies at the Utah Valley University for ten wonderful years, where he helped develop and strengthen the curriculum for their Deaf Studies program. However, the sunshine and beaches beckoned; he got a new job teaching ASL and Deaf Studies at the University of South Florida and relocated with his family to the Tampa Bay Area in Florida. In addition to teaching, he has also traveled all over the country giving ASL performances and workshops covering a wide range of topics in the ASL and Deaf Studies field. Ben is best known for his stories about his encounters with jellyfish.

As much as Ben loves storytelling and Deaf Studies, his greatest loves are his family. Some of his favorite things to do is spend time with his wife, Kat and their three children – Boone, Cypress, and Wilder. They’ve been giving him plenty of new comedic material for his storytelling, none involving jellyfish, much to Ben’s relief. 

Presenter website -


Saturday, February 5, 2022

9:00am-12:00pm and 2:00-5:00pm 

Daniel Maffia, MA, NIC workshop: “So What? The value of DC-S and Supervision”

0.6 CEUs Professional Studies


[Lunch @ the hotel from 12:00-1:00pm]

Lunch menu - Chicken & beef, cilantro rice, black beans, soft and hard tortillas, salsa, various cheeses, sour cream, guacamole, tea

***Annual business meeting + voting for the 2022-2024 board of directors to follow lunch from 1:00-2:00pm***


Workshop description:

Level of Participant’s Prior Knowledge of Topic: Extensive

Target audience: Interpreters

What value does talking with colleagues about the decisions you make during an interpreting assignment have? The purpose of this workshop is to give an overview of the constructs of Dean & Pollard’s Demand-Control schema and update participants on current research and best practices process for utilizing the model. Participants will learn how this decision making model can overlay current cognitive process models that we already use. In his book, The Courage to Teach, Parker Palmer says, “The growth of any craft depends on shared practice and honest dialogue among the people who do it.” Supervision is a structured way professionals dialogue about their work with one other in order to analyze decisions made during interpreting assignments.

Participants will view a videotaped supervision session and discuss how supervision can be applied to our own work. Other practice professions use this approach to help move their work to the next level. Due to the recent changes in the CASLI knowledge exam, it is recommended that test takers be familiar with the constructs of Demand-Control Schema. The only book relating to ethics recommended on the CASLI recommended reading preparation list is the DC-S textbook.

It is to be assumed that the knowledge gained from this workshop will help benefit individuals looking to take and pass the CASLI Ethics and Cultural Competency knowledge exam. In addition this workshop will help inform your work immediately when you step into an assignment.

Educational Objectives :

1. To gain hands-on experience applying the D-C schema through the use of situational

analysis tools.

2. To understand and accurately identify the elements in supervisory conversations that create a “best practice process.”

3. To learn how to use these teaching tools (situational analyses) with mentees, accounting both for the accurate application of the schema and in the teaching opportunities that emerge from these exercises.

4. To understand the use and benefits of the observation-supervision approach which builds on and utilizes the D-C schema for effective training in content-specific fields (e.g., medical, mental heath, legal).

Presenter bio:

Daniel Maffia obtained his bachelor's degree in American Sign Language/English Interpreting with a minor in Communication from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2009. In 2010 he became nationally certified and later Daniel earned his Masters in Interpreting Studies with an emphasis in Teaching Interpreting from Western Oregon University in 2014.  He has work experience in a variety of settings. Currently he is an interpreting program director and a senior lecturer in American Sign Language and English Interpreting Department’s Interpreter Training Program at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.  In addition to teaching at the bachelors degree level, Daniel also teaches in NTID’s Masters in Healthcare Interpreting Program.  Previously Daniel served as a staff interpreter in the Department of Access Services at the Rochester Institute of Technology.  Daniel continues to work as both a Video Relay and Video Remote Interpreter at Sorenson Communication, a staff interpreter within a local hospital, and a freelance community interpreter. Daniel has shown his commitment to the field by serving on the board of directors for his local affiliate RID chapter, volunteered  to serve as RID's Certification Committee chair for 5 years, and currently serves as a rater for the Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education (CCIE). Daniel has a long history of being a mentor for both practicum students and colleagues.  His curriculum development has been centered around developing courses in VRS/VRI where he published the text entitled, “Introduction to VRS: A Curriculum Guide”. Finally Daniel's research interests relate to Supervision and Demand-Control Schema. During his research Daniel had the opportunity to facilitate supervision for various interpreters of both spoken language and sign language.  Daniel continues to serve as a facilitator for various supervision groups in addition to presenting workshops relating to supervision and reflective practices in the field of interpreting both nationally and internationally.

Daniel Maffia's profile with RIT -


Sunday, February 6, 2022


Ben Jarashow workshop: “Allophilia, Allyship, and Deaf Heart”

0.2 CEUs, Professional Studies

Workshop description: 

Level of Participant’s Prior Knowledge of Topic: None

This presentation will focus on the roles played by hearing people with various levels of

involvement in the Deaf community. We will explore the meaning behind the three terms:

Deaf Heart, Allyship, and Allophilia, and the process a person may go through to acquire one of these labels.

Educational objectives:

Participants will be able to:

1. Describe the impact the three terms have on the Deaf and Hearing Community.

2. Explain the history of all three terms.

3. Identify different situations of terms play role in Deaf Community.

Presenter bio: [see above]

12:00pm - Interpreter Hangout Luncheon

Location: Blossom Buffet (Chinese, hibachi-style restaurant) 

Address: 2515 Sunset Blvd, West Columbia, SC 29169

Restaurant website:

Sunday buffet (all day) price: $16.29 + tax, including a drink, pay before you sit down


Language policy

ASL for the entire duration of this weekend's events.

Requests for accommodations

Please email with requests for accommodations by Friday, January 21, 2022.

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 Marissa Benoit in advance. Marissa, the SC RID Treasurer, can be reached at A private payment link can be sent to your institution for online payment and Marissa can assist in completing the registration process.

Cancellation policy

Refunds will be available in full for cancellations made prior to 7 days before each workshop. Refund requests afterwards will be considered on a case by case basis at the discretion of the SC RID board of directors. 

Registration will close Thursday, February 3, 2022. If you are planning on attending in-person, the hotel needs a headcount for meals by Friday, January 28th.

*Registration may not be transferred to another person*

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