This workshop will present the Black Deaf community’s uniqueness through the lens of the community’s history, culture, and linguistic variety of ASL, hidden from society until now. The audience will have the opportunity to examine why the Black Deaf community’s artistic and linguistics contributions have been overlooked or minimized by the predominately white Deaf community.
The participants will be able to:
Biography: Ritchie R. Bryant is a dynamic, native American Sign Language (ASL) user and a culturally Deaf Texan. Currently working as a staff interpreter at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. Ritchie has been presenting ASL/Deaf-related workshops for the past twenty years. Trained as an ASL mentor and ASLPI/SLPI evaluator, he used to train Deaf people to become ASL mentors for signers in the Rochester community under the Community Interpreter Grant. Ritchie obtained a bachelor’s degree in ASL degree from Gallaudet University and a master’s degree in Deaf Education from McDaniel College. He is also a certified Deaf interpreter who has been interpreting in the Deaf community since 2000. He served on the RID board as Deaf Member-at-Large from 2015-2017 and provided consultations to various organizations and agencies such as the development of Deaf interpreter evaluations to remote ASL mentor programs. His interests include developing African-American storytelling within the Deaf community, and video editing on his computer.
DeafBlind Accommodations: Please email accommodation requests by April. 9th.
Workshop will be presented in ASL.
Zoom: It is very important that participants use their real name when joining a Zoom meeting. The host must know who is being admitted to the meeting. If you have not added your real name, the host will not admit you. If you have questions or concerns related to technology access, please email us as soon as possible.
ASL Communication is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for Continuing Education Activities. This Professional Studies program is offered for 0.3 CEUs at the “little/none” Content Knowledge Level.
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