Southern California Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

SCRID is an affiliate chapter of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID). It is the mission of the Southern California Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf to promote best practices, equity, and representation within the profession of Sign Language Interpreting; provide professional development and education for current and future practitioners; serve as a forum for ongoing assessment of and response to community needs; and, advocate to the public for the highest standards in the provision of interpreting services for users of both sign languages and spoken languages.

Applying ProTactile to Practice

  • 02/02/2019
  • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, 2222 Lavena Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90041



Applying ProTactile to Practice

February 2nd, 2019

Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness

2222 Lavena Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90041

8am- 12pm

8am - 9am: Introduction
9am - 11am: Practicum (hand on activity)
11am-12pm: Debrief and Review

*please e-mail to be added to the waitlist.*

The DeafBlind community in Southern California has been growing strong in the last few years as more DeafBlind leaders have emerged. This workshop is an opportunity to explore different communication preferences within the DeafBlind community and to apply the ProTactile philosophy. The new concept of “co-navigator” will be discussed and demonstrated through hands-on activities.  

The workshop is held in partnership with Southern California Association for the DeafBlind (SCADB) and will be offered on a regular basis along with SCADB general meetings. This workshop is open to Support Service Providers, DeafBlind Interpreters, and community members who are interested in getting involved with the DeafBlind community.

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The 0.4 CEUs in the category of Professional Studies will be offered by the DeafBlind Interpreting National Training & Resource Center, an approved RID CMP and ACET sponsor.

The event is sponsored by Southern California RID


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Roberto Cabrera is a Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, Hard of Hearing and Late-Deafened (DDBDDHHLD), and in evening hours Roberto is teaching American Sign Language at local community colleges. Roberto is a member of the core team with DeafBlind Interpreting National Training and Resource Center and one of the leading mentors with DeafBlind Interpreting Training Institute at Western Oregon University. Roberto is representing different organizations: Council de Manos, California Manos del Corazon, and Southern California Association of the DeafBlind. As an active community member, Roberto has embraced his intersectional identities—Second Generation DeafBlind, Dominican and Queer. Besides community involvement, Roberto loves chatting with people in ProTactile American Sign Language.

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Martha Villar is an interpreter and business owner based in Southern California. She graduated from the California State University Northridge Interpreting Training Program and received formal training in using ProTactile communication through DBII (DeafBlind Interpreting Institute). As an interpreter, Martha mainly works as a freelance ProTactile and Trilingual interpreter (English, Spanish, & ASL) as well as a relay interpreter for Sorenson VRS. As a business owner she established Love Communication Services in 2015 to not only provide services such as interpreting, coordinating, & consulting, but also to create opportunities for on-site mentoring and supported hands-on experience for interpreters from the early years in the field and beyond. Martha is dedicated to prioritizing love & inclusion in everything she does.

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Jerrin George works as a freelance Deaf interpreter in the Greater Los Angeles area. He graduated from True-Biz ASL Deaf Interpreter Training Online (DITO) in May 2017. Jerrin also completed DeafBlind Interpreting Institute Onsite Training at Western Oregon University in August 2018. Jerrin served as a Board member with California Association of the Deaf South Chapter (CADSC) as a Treasurer and with Southern California Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (SCRID) as Deaf Member at Large. Jerrin have been involved with the DeafBlind community from a young age and is eager to experience the coming transformation emerging from the ProTactile movement. Jerrin is passionate about being an agent of change through his work.



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