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South Carolina Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Annual Conference 2023

March 10th & 11th

1500 Queen Street Beaufort, SC 29902

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Welcome to the SC RID 2023 Annual Conference!

SC RID Conference 2023 will be hosted in the beautiful Beaufort SC at the Hilton Garden Inn. Join us Friday and Saturday for entertainment and workshops features Wink Smith and Dr. Byron Bridges!

Conference activities will need to be registered for and paid for separately. Be sure to register for all sessions you would like to attend!

A special thank you to our sponsors! Your support helps us reach more interpreters across our state!

Be sure to visit our other sponsors' booths at conference! Thank you to the ZVRS Purple, Department of Mental Health, the South Carolina Association for the Deaf, Beginnings SC, and Carter Hears for their sponsorship as well!

Conference Presenters

Dr. Byron Bridges, Instructor for Learn & Master Sign Language

Dr. Byron Bridges

Dr. Byron Bridges was born Deaf to Deaf parents and grew up with a Deaf sister. ASL has been his primary language his entire life. Dr. Bridges earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Deaf Studies at California State University of Northridge, a Master of Arts degree in Linguistics from Gallaudet University and a Doctor of Education degree in Deaf Studies and Deaf Education at Lamar University. 

Dr. Bridges co-authored the book, “Deaf Tend Your: Mouth Morphemes in ASL.” He has written video scripts and produced numerous Deaf and ASL-related videotapes and DVDs. He is Winkshop’s resident researcher for all materials and is a popular presenter of workshops on ASL linguistics and interpreting.

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.

Conference Schedule

Friday March 10th 


Early Bird Workshop: CDI Workshop presented by Dr. Byron Bridges

The workshop is designed to give Deaf ASL interpreters a better understanding of translation of text, mirror/monologue, contact signing to ASL, ASL to contact signing, and English to ASL.  We will learn to identify, read and translate signs and gestures.  This is an introduction into the field for those who are interested in going into CDI in the future.


2:00 - 5:00

Networking, vendor exhibits, and professional headshots provided by Luke Benoit


6:30 - 8:30

Entertainment featuring Wink Smith!

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.


Saturday March 11th 

8:00 - 9:00


9:00 - 12:00

Workshop A: "Depiction" presented by Wink Smith

Have you ever been told to show more and tell less? Or that your use of space is amazing? Or has anyone asked you what “discourse mapping” is? Are there differences between a classifier and a depicting verb? All these questions are related to depiction. Depiction in linguistics is a cognitive phenomena that has observable manifestations that surround the body. However, the term depiction has an unspecialized colloquial definition in the field of interpreting that can lead to an oversimplified thinking about it and its cognitive underpinnings. 

In this workshop, I will distinguish what depiction is for sign languages and spoken languages and provide a cursory introduction to the features that are considered depictive. We will also explore the notion of what depiction actually “shows” and what cognitive operations underpin it. We will then compare and contrast the linguistic notion of depiction with other terms that have attempted to classify the same phenomena.

Workshop B: "Reading Body Language in ASL" presented by Dr. Byron Bridges

Language, as we know it, is very much an integral part of humanity.  We need it to communicate our ideas, thoughts, and feelings with others.  Language is also used in a way where it allows us to bond with people and come together like a community.  Non-verbal communication plays a major role in our daily activities.  This workshop will focus on reading body language when someone is signing in ASL. We will be studying many different perspectives: proximity, Body language, kinesics, and nonverbal gestures.  This workshop will be an eye opener even for the most experienced interpreter.

12:00 - 1:30

Lunch provided by SC RID

1:30 - 2:30

SC RID Business Meeting

3:00 - 5:00

"ASL Idioms" presented by Dr. Byron Bridges

American Sign Language is the main language of members of the deaf community in the United States. One component of their language is the use of idioms. The validity of these idioms has often been questioned or confused with metaphorical language. This workshop will cover the ASL idioms that are in the ASL language.



Conference Policies

By registering for the 2023 annual conference you agree to having read the following:

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 the SC RID Treasurer who can be reached at sc.rid.treas@gmail.com. A private payment link can be sent to your institution for online payment and the treasurer can assist in completing the registration process.


Sponsorship opportunities are available to agencies, organizations, and other parties that would like to be featured and included in SC RID Conference 2023. Please follow the link below for details. Please email completed forms to sc.rid.treas@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you at conference! 

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