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The Full Story


Please mark your calendars to join us for an exciting learning opportunity

IN PERSON on May 18, 2024 9am-4 pm CDT at the

Affiliated Blind of Louisiana in Lafayette.


MJ Bienvenu

The Presenter

A native ASL signer, MJ Bienvenu received her BA in English and MA in Linguistics from Gallaudet in 1974 and 1983, respectively. She received her Ph.D. in Linguistics specializing in Lexicography from Union Institute and University in 2003. She worked at Gallaudet and is now a retired professor. 


In addition to teaching, MJ has presented workshops and served as a plenary speaker on topics related to ASL, culture, interpretation, and Deaf people and various -isms. She is also one of the pioneers as a Deaf interpreter at major conferences and rallies. She once served as a board member of the CIT organization.

Workshop Description

This workshop will cover an introduction to the concept of semantics, discussion, examples, hands-on activities, and a question/answer period.


Saturday, May 18, 2024

9:00 pm - 4:00 pm CST



Affiliated Blind of Louisiana in Lafayette, LA

409 W St Mary Blvd,

Lafayette, LA 70506


Cost: Free to LA Residents

$50 for Non-residents

*Light Lunch included

LRID is an RID-approved CMP Sponsor for continuing education activities. This program is offered for 0.6 PS at the some content knowledge level.

BEI CEUs have been requested.

Target audience: ASL/English interpreters; both Deaf and non-Deaf


ASL Interpreters will not be provided. Any other special requests must be received by May 1, 2024.

Workshop Objectives

​Participants will be able to:

  • analyze and discuss semantics

  • recognize meaning and use the signs semantically

  • demonstrate the use of data shown in the workshop

  • answer questions regarding specific signs.

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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