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Deaf Interpreters: What Can Be Benefited from Their Services

  • 20 Feb 2016
  • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • HSDC: 1625 19th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122


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Deaf Interpreters:

What Can Be Benefited from Their Services


Presented by:

Robin Shannon &
Ryan Shephard

This introductory workshop focuses on the role and responsibilities of the Deaf interpreter in different settings and what types of jobs will benefit from having a Deaf interpreter. The overarching purpose and the role of the Deaf interpreter has implications for interpreting in different settings, and it is essential that interpreters are aware of these factors and possess the ability to apply them with confidence. Understanding the foundational concepts of protocol and positioning, attendees will have several opportunities to practice their understanding with activities designed to connect theory to practice.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Define the role and responsibilities of the Deaf interpreter
  • Discuss and apply protocol considerations related to the role of the Deaf interpreter
  • Discuss types of jobs where a Deaf interpreter will be beneficial
  • Practice communicating and/or identifying role expectations and boundaries
This workshop is intended for Deaf interpreters.

About the presenters:

Robin Shannon was born in California, raised in Iowa, educated in Maryland (SD), and then received his BA in ASL (2007) and MA in Interpretation (2009) from Gallaudet University. He had grown up interpreting for his friends and parents, but then finally started doing interpreting professionally in year 2007. He then received CDI certification in 2009 and CLIP-R certification in 2010.

Robin enjoys interpreting in legal, international sign, conference, and DeafBlind the most. He also likes doing other settings a lot as well, but those listed are what he does regularly. He also is on the NCIEC's Master Trainer in Legal Team Interpreting list.

Robin's hobbies include traveling, swimming, and doing any adrenaline rush activities. He takes care of two kittens and a beta fish with his girlfriend from Chicago, Amber. They share a residence in Vancouver, WA.

Ryan Shephard from Oakland, California, is a Certified Deaf Interpreter, CLIP-R, with ties to the DeafBlind community dating back to his last year in high school. He began his interpreting career as a DeafBlind interpreter and continues to work extensively in that field.

Ryan also has experience interpreting in other diverse settings as well, including conference, platform, legal, government, medical and educational interpreting. Ryan has taught and presented on various interpreting topics, including several dynamic workshops focusing on the roles of CDIs and interpreting in legal settings. Currently, as an owner of Linguabee, a marketplace connecting consumers and interpreters directly, he is committed to making a difference in the communities he serves. Ryan is also an adjunct instructor at Ohlone College teaching interpreting courses. 

While attending Gallaudet University, Mr. Shephard found his passion for interpreting and all the career entails. During high school, Ryan was employed by a business owner who was DeafBlind and it was there he was introduced to the DeafBlind community. As a result of his becoming actively involved and volunteering in the DeafBlind community during his collegiate years, Mr. Shephard was awarded the Blaise Wafo Ndetatsin Award. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Gallaudet University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interpretation.

0.75 CEUs in the category of Professional Studies will be offered by the Western Region Interpreter Education Center at Western Oregon University, an approved RID CMP and ACET sponsor.


WSRID, as a diverse and inclusive body, has adopted a formal communication policy of direct communication in ASL for all events sponsored by WSRID.

This workshop will be provided in ASL.

See here for refund policy

HSDC is ADA compliant.  To request accommodations, contact us at the email below by February 8th.

Still have questions?

Contact the WSRID Professional Development Committee West wsrid.pdc@gmail.com

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