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.

From the Parts to the Whole: Applying ASL Principles into Interpreting; Plus Board Meeting and Social!

  • 02/22/2020
  • 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Rio Hondo College, 3600 Workman Mill Ave, Whittier, CA 90601 Room LRC 117
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Southern California Registry of 

Interpreters for the Deaf Presents:

From the Parts to the Whole: Applying ASL Principles into Interpreting

Keith Gamache Jr.

Saturday, Feb 22, 2020

SCRID meeting 9-11am

Workshop 12-5pm

Social 5-7pm

(0.5 Professional Studies CEUs)


SCRID Members - $40.00 with meeting attendance, $50.00 workshop alone

Deaf Interpreters & SCRID Student Members - $25.00 with meeting attendance, $30.00 workshop alone         

Non-SCRID Members $75.00

Deaf Community Members (non-interpreters) - Free


Rio Hondo College

3600 Workman Mill Ave

Whittier, CA 90601

Room LRC 117

All are welcome! 

Interpreter skill level:

Some knowledge required

*NO PARKING PERMIT REQUIRED! Please ignore the permit instructions on the map. The campus is open today for special event parking.

About the Workshop

People who use American Sign Language (ASL) have various backgrounds, education, and experience associated with the language and its people.  Sometimes we do not meet "eye to eye" on what it is, and this workshop can and will discuss the individual parts of the language that makes up the whole language.  The parts taken in focus are in sign choices, depiction, syntactic mapping, and discourse analysis. It is the expectation at the end of the workshop, the participants will gain a better understanding with ASL and to find direction how they move ahead.

Learning objectives: 

  • Participants will gain a understanding of the following items:  

  • How we determine sign choices through history to the present date along with language attitudes

  • Understanding depiction role in language use, especially the three parts:  depiction apart from depiction or classifiers (SASSes), Roleshifting/Surrogates, and Use of Space

  • Syntactic mapping differences between ASL and English, and other languages

  • Looking at ASL at the discourse level and seeing how much is involved

This workshop will be conducted in American Sign Language. No voice interpretation will be provided.

For other interpretation requests contact by February 11, 2020. 

Register here:

For any questions, please contact

About the Presenter

Keith Gamache, Jr. (KJ), has taught courses in ASL, Deaf Studies, and Interpreting for more than twenty years.  He earned his PhD in Interpretation at Gallaudet University with an emphasis on researching interpreted work through Deaf lens. He maintains a professional ASLTA certification and a CDI certification.  He has given numerous lectures and workshops all over the country. In addition, he wants to support the working collaboration between ASL and Interpreting educators to improve the quality of interpreting education programs.  He is currently an ASL program coordinator at Irvine Valley College in Irvine, CA


SCRID is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for continuing education activities. This workshop is offered for 0.5 Professional Studies CEUs.  

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. 

Reasonable Accommodations:  Requests for reasonable accommodations must be received two weeks in advance of this event by contacting



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