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The Full Story

Which One?


Hey there! Save the date and join us for an exciting learning opportunity via Zoom on

May 8, 2024! From 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm CDT, we'll learn how to differentiate information based on language levels. Mark your calendars and see you soon!

RID and BEI CEUs applied for



The Presenter

Debra Teesdale is a faculty member in the Department of Communication Sciences and Special Education at the University of Georgia since 2014.  Prior to this, she was a faculty member in American Sign Language and Interpreting Education at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York and worked as an ASL Specialist at Louisiana School for the Deaf in Baton Rouge.


Additionally, Debra also taught ASL at the Kapiolani Community College in Honolulu, Hawaii and Japanese ASL Signers' Society in Tokyo, Japan after receiving her BA in ASL and MA in Linguistics from Gallaudet University in 2000 and 2003, respectively.  


On a personal level, Debra loves red wines, traveling, and
spending time with her children and their rescued animals, deafblind dog Stud Muffin, deaf cat Mary, partially blind cat Lexi, hearing cat Calix, and dancing fish Mr. Slick. 

Fun Fact: Debra signed “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the UGA football game on September 23, 2023 in recognition of the Deaf Awareness Month.   Here is the link!

Workshop Description

Review multiple ways of interpreting the same information based on different language levels of the target audience. Discussion and individual activities will focus on which given interpretation is the best fit for which language level within an appropriate setting.


Wednesday, May 8, 2024

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm CDT


Virtual Workshop via Zoom

The link will be made available

before the training via email.


Cost: Free to LA Residents

$20 for Non-residents

LRID is an RID-approved CMP Sponsor for continuing education activities. This program is offered for 0.25 PS at the some content knowledge level.

RID and BEI CEUs have been requested.

Target audience: ASL interpreters within a variety of settings (K-12, post-secondary educational, video relay,
community events, medical and mental health, and legal settings).


ASL Interpreters Provided. Any other special requests must be received by

April 25, 2024.

Workshop Objectives


Upon successful completion of the workshop, the participant will:

1. Identify the importance of language levels of various consumers

2. Analyze and interpret the same information in multiple ways

3. Categorize the appropriate interpretation for specific language level​

Other Information


To receive RID/BEI CEUS and/or Certificate of Attendance, participants must attend sessions in their entirety.

LRID is committed to diversity both within the organization and within the profession of sign language interpreting. We promote an environment of mutual respect and free from bias. LRID shall not discriminate in matters of membership or professional development attendance on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, or gender identity, hearing status, marital status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.


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