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.

Deaf Refugees: Human Rights, Health, and Experiences

  • 11/16/2019
  • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • CSULB Rm. LA3-120 1250 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach CA 90840
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Deaf Refugees: Human Rights, Health and Experiences

with Ranem Shhadeh, DI

Saturday, November 16, 2019

9:00 am-11:00 am Board meeting

12:00 pm – 5:00 pm Workshop

5pm Social Night Out

 Workshop: 0.5 Power Privilege & Oppression CEUs

Target Audience: Sign Language Interpreters in Southern California working with Deaf refugees in any setting


California State University Long Beach Room LA3-120

1250 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach CA 

*Updated: Parking is $10.00 and closest lots are E9, E10, E11

CSULB Deaf Refugees Map.pdf

Workshop Description:

This workshop will focus on Deaf refugees’ human rights upon arriving on US soil, their physical and mental health, and stories of experiences they have had. The US is experiencing an increase in this population and they are coming to a land that thrives on freedom of speech, women’s rights, job opportunities, and much more. How does this affect the Deaf and Interpreting community? What protocols should you be aware of in order to ensure effective communication? This workshop will help expand awareness and improve working relationships with our clients and colleagues alike.

Learning Objectives:

Workshop participants will learn how to effectively mediate interactions when working with Deaf Refugees in a variety of settings. The presentation will provide factual, procedural and metacognitive knowledge. Participants will demonstrate how to consciously approach refugees from a cultural-linguistic framework. Tools for analysis of a refugees’ awareness of their basic human rights in the US will be provided. Participants will learn how to apply knowledge gained to the work setting, one key application of which will be advance preparation.

About the Presenter:


Ranem Wissam Shhadeh is an Palestinian American Deaf woman who knows Israeli and American Sign Language. She is an activist for refugees, social justice and accessibility. She was the first to graduate as an ASL Deaf interpreter at San Marcos Palomar College. You probably see her with her hearing alert service dog named Bella. Ranem is very involved with the Deaf community such as providing services to those who have language barriers. She believes in equal access. Interpreting dept of Deaf Community Services. Prior to that she worked in Disability Rights no matter where a person comes from around the world. Deaf refugees have a very special place in Ranem's heart. She currently works as an Operations Manager in the California (2016-2018) and United States Army Corps, Fort Hood Texas (2011- 2015). 

 Important Notice:

This workshop will be conducted in ASL and no voice interpretation will provided.

Anyone requesting CEUs must sign the Activity Sheet & arrive on time.  CEUs will not be granted to those who are admitted 15 minutes late.

Cost to attend the workshop

*SCRID Members: $15.00 with meeting attendance, $20.00 workshop alone

SCRID Student Members: $15.00  

Non-SCRID Members: $25.00

**Deaf Community Members: Free!

*RID Region V Sister Chapter Member receive SCRID Member rate

** Deaf Community members must request an event code by emailing

SCRID is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for continuing education activities. This workshop is offered for 0.5 PPO CEUs at the "little/none" content knowledge level.

SCRID Event Late Arrival Policy: Anyone requesting CEUs must sign the Activity Sheet & arrive on time. Partial CEUs will not be granted for this workshop. CEUs will not be granted to those who are admitted 15 minutes late. 

SCRID Cancellation Policy: In the event that SCRID cancels an event, refunds or transfers to future SCRID events are possible. Pre-registrants will be notified immediately upon cancellation. Refunds for individual registration cancellations may be requested if SCRID receives notification of said cancellation 3 days prior to the event. Registrations are non-refundable for late cancellations after this date without verification of serious circumstances to be determined by the SCRID board on a case-by-case basis. Email to request refunds stating the event name, event date and justification for late cancellation. All requests for refunds for late cancellations must be approved by the SCRID board. 

Non-Discrimination: Presenter and participants agree to foster an environment of mutual respect free from bias of any kind. 

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