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2018 Annual Conference 

PCRID Annual Conference

Turning the Tide

December 8-9, 2018
CCBC Catonsville, MD

Special Thanks


Conference Announcement

Contact PCRID

Contact Bradley Christlieb & Felicia Williams, the Conference Co-Chairs

Contact Keisha Osborne, the Director of Meetings

Presenters & Entertainment

Deafies in Drag 
  • One ticket included with Full 2-day or Saturday Conference Registration

  • Open to Deaf/ Interpreters/ ASL Community
  • Tickets on Eventbrite

Sponsors & Exhibitors

Contact Us:

 Conference Co-Chairs


the PCRID Meetings Director

PCRID is bringing you Deafies in Drag

WHEN? Saturday, December 8th at 7:30 PM

WHERE? CCBC 800 South Rolling Rd. Catonsville, MD 21228


  • General Admission $20
  • Students (with ID) $10
  • FREE with Registration to the PCRID Annual Conference!
Buy Tickets at Eventbrite

conference registration


Full, Two-Day Registration

  • Members $180

  • Non-Members $240
  • Student Member, Pre Cert Member $125

One-day Registration Available

  • Members 
      • Sat Only $ 110
      • Sun Only $ 90
  • Non-Members 
      • Sat Only $ 145
      • Sun Only $ 130
  • Student Member, Pre Cert Member 
      • Sat Only $ 80
      • Sun Only $ 65

Requests for registration refund must be in writing via email by December 5th. No refunds will be issued for requests made after December 5th at noon.


PCRID fosters an environment of mutual respect and inclusion that is free from harassment, bias, and discrimination based on race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status.

Accordingly, the PCRID conference welcomes an audience of the novice to experienced interpreters, interpreting students, and members of the local deaf community.

The conference site is wheelchair accessible and will primarily be conducted in ASL.  When registering, please let us know if any other accommodations as defined by the ADA are needed.

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Workshops & Presenters


Romancing Information

SATURDAY 8:40 AM - 9:40 PM

0.1 CEUs


aj Granda

Presenter Bio

aj is a teacher, social justice activist, textile artist, and a mom.  She hails from Carlsbad, California and has lived practically everywhere, and has made Seattle her home.  aj has been actively creating change and bringing new ideas to Seattle’s DeafBlind community for the past 17 years.  aj has worked alongside the Seattle DeafBlind community as the forerunners of the famous Protactile Movement.  aj co-authored the first article on The Seven Principles of Protactile and is developing a new curriculum to teach Protactile ASL to DeafBlind and sighted people.  Most of all, aj strives to connect people and build bridges between communities.


Information is a valuable commodity. Information connects people. Information builds bridges between communities. Information is not binary - information is poly cultural. We have a responsibility and duty as human beings to share information so that we may exist together in shared spaces. To recognize our privileges, power dynamics and biases is to romance information as an equal commodity, information through auditorial, visual and tactile means are equal of power; but that is not our reality. Lets’ discuss about how to romance information as if it belonged to everyone and how to live authentically and have healthy communities.


SATURDAY 10:00 AM - 11:35 PM

0.15 CEUs

10:00 AM - 10:25 AM:

"Navigating A Beautiful Storm"

Presenters, Dr. Jonathan Webb & Carla Shird (see Bios below)

10:25 AM - 10:50 AM:

"Utilization and Implementation of Deaf Interpreters in K-12 Schools"

Presenter, Jessica Brown (see Bio below)

10:50 AM - 11:10 AM:

"Deaf Interpreters and Translators; Current Issues & the Way Ahead"

Presenter, Dr. Robert Adam (see Bio below)

11:10 AM - 11:35 AM:

"Being True to Language and Culture"

Presenter, aj Granda 


Utilization and Implementation of Deaf Interpreters in K-12 schools 

0.3 CEUs


Saturday 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM 

Sunday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Sunday 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM 


Jessica Brown

Presenter Bio

Jessica Brown, who hails from Missouri, currently works and serves in Fulton, Mo, and surrounding areas. Jessica went to William Woods University in 2005 and received her Bachelor’s degree in History while attending as a student she also managed the ASL Lab as a Liaison at William Woods University. Shortly after she went to Gallaudet University where she was fortunate enough to receive Master’s degree in Sign Language Education in 2015.

She also received her MO-BEI CDI certification in 2017 while working as an Interpreter Certification Specialist with Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. She is currently a CDI on call interpreter for Missouri School for the Deaf as well as a full time ASL instructor at William Woods University. Most of Jessica’s time is devoted to presenting workshops, providing access to the Deaf community and working with other business avenues such as Positives Action, Org in England. She also screens interpreters to ensure quality services and ASL competency for said organization. With the remainder of her time, she works as a freelance CDI for conferences and various community assignments all over the Midwest. Her favorite settings are the two previously mentioned, as well as DeafBlind where she has happily immersed into.

She enjoys spending time with her family and close friends, making connections, lifelong learning, filming and editing videos and traveling fills her restless spirit.

Workshop Description

There is increasing importance being placed on the role a  Deaf Interpreter, who is certified, has in the classroom. There is a particular need to discuss how to implement the services of Deaf Interpreter in Pre-K- 12th grade schools that will influence language learning, language assessments, and jumpstart the importance of having a Deaf Interpreter. The present workshop was designed to assist new and experience interpreters for the deaf as well as students interested in learning about how to work with schools  that have deaf students and implementing a full-time staff position for Deaf Interpreters. Most teachers, educational systems and school interpreters do not have the justifications on why there needs to be Deaf Interpreters. This workshop helps you to be familiar with justification process, and school terms and how to apply them to interpreting settings. Participants will learn how to advocate for Deaf interpreters for the community and the schools


  • Participants will identify importance of using Deaf interpreters in schools with children who are themselves deaf.
  • Participants will evaluate the need for Deaf interpreters in schools.
  • Participants will analyze facts and issues within the education system regarding Deaf interpreters.


Being True to Language and Culture

0.3 CEUs

Dates/Times Offered

Saturday 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM 

Sunday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Sunday 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM


aj Granda

(see Bio above)

Workshop Description

Historically, DeafBlind people have experienced isolation and oppression, even from members of the Deaf community.  With a deeper understanding of Pro Tactile philosophy and attitude, we can bridge this gap.  Pro Tactile is the socio-cultural philosophy currently shaping all DeafBlind practices- linguistics, interpersonal, and political.  This workshop will focus on how the Deaf and DeafBlind communities can form connections, work, and socialize together in a way that is inclusive and respectful of everyone.This workshop will consist a presentation of new information and perspectives.  Parallels in Deaf culture will be used to describe Pro Tactile attitude and philosophy.  History and language will also be touched on. 


  • Articulate how Pro Tactile is a way of being, a life changing/altering way of interacting with the world, and a community. This step will be ground shifting, changing for those who can make the connection, the leap into a Pro Tactile way of life.
  • Analyze and describe their own attitudes and thinking around Pro Tactile ASL as an existing and emerging language.
  • Participants will demonstrate 7 ways in which Pro Tactile ASL utilizes different parameters than visual ASL


Deaf Interpreters and Translators: The Current Issues and The Way Ahead

0.3 CEUs


Saturday 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM 

Sunday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Sunday 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Dr. Robert Adam

Presenter Bio

Robert is the Director of Continuing Professional Development and Teaching Fellow at the Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre, University College London. He is a qualified sign language interpreter and translator and has worked as a Deaf interpreter in Australia, the USA and the UK. His research interests along with Deaf interpreters are bilingualism, language contact and minority sign language communities. He is also Coordinator of the World Federation of the Deaf Expert Group on Sign Language and Deaf Studies. He is from Melbourne, Australia and currently lives in the UK.

Workshop Description

Deaf interpreters and translators are used in different settings and domains (Adam, Carty, & Stone, 2011; Boudreault, 2005; Forestal, 2005), and it is argued that Deaf interpreters and translators as a profession are following a similar trajectory as hearing interpreters followed 30 or 40 years ago, but interpreting and translation are two distinct professions. What are some of the power relations between deaf and non-deaf people working as interpreters and translators? What issues of intersectionality relate to deaf and non-deaf people working as interpreters and translators, and what they bring to various interpreter settings, and what are the various positionalities that relate to those? 


  • to discuss intersectionality issues as they relate to deaf and non-deaf people working as interpreters and translators
  • to discuss the impact of these identities in terms of how these influence positionalities of interpreters?
  • to understand historical labels (deaf and hearing) and analyze how they influence how we see the profession and how they influence the status of these individual interpreters  
  • to analyze the structural issues as they relate to deaf and non-deaf people who work as interpreters, and analyze the consequences of these  issues.
  • to plan as a group the way ahead as a profession


Moving With the Tide

0.3 CEUs


Saturday 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM 

Sunday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Sunday 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Carla Shird & Dr. Jonathan Webb

Presenter Bios

Dr. Jonathan Webb:

Jonathan is an activist, facilitator of difficult dialogues, author of KG: The South, professor at CSUN, and President of Sign Enhancers, Inc. Deeply devoted to the work of conscientization, he seeks to engage in both work and leisure through a critical lens that fosters consciousness, love, and liberation. 

Carla Shird:

Carla is a Deaf Interpreter and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).   She has expertise in providing workshops, consultation, and mental health counseling including working with ASL users.  She is passionate about helping people to create self-awareness, self-care, and becoming more connected with themselves, others, and their purposes. 

Workshop Description 

Based on the presentation, participants will dive deeper into the work of navigating and managing change. Time will be allotted for small group discussion and activities meant to allow for both introspection and dialogue. By the conclusion of the session, participants will walk away with an action plan for 1) self-care and 2) initiating change on both a personal/individual level as well as at the appropriate system level.


By the conclusion of the event, participants will be able to conceptualize and explain:

  • the Action Continuum
  • Self-Care tools and strategies
  • how they will implement change on an individual and systemic level

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