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The 2015 OCRID Conference: Reaffirming the Spirit of Our Profession

Calls for Conference committee members.

For more information, please go to the OCRID Events page.


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Hello Ohio and Beyond,

Welcome to the new and improved OCRID website!  We hope our site will provide users with information about the profession of interpreting and all related interpreting and deaf resources. If you feel any information has been left out that would be beneficial to share with the membership or any incorrect information/links, please contact Shalene Germani -- THANK YOU!  We would also like to thank our web design team, Brand by Josh (Josh Gallagan and Hannah Clegg), for their dedication and hard work to make the website great!

OCRID hosted its 45th Annual Business Meeting and Conference this past May in Columbus, Ohio. It was a fabulous event for all who attended. During the business meeting, elections were held for the State Representative position. Our new State Representatives for the 2013-2015 term are Gwen Owen, Alyssa Konz, and Sara Yurkovic. A huge THANK YOU to Susan Harvey and Melissa Marshall for their recent service to OCRID. They will be missed and OCRID wishes them well on their new adventures related to interpreting and beyond.

The next OCRID annual conference and business meeting will be held May 16-18, 2014 at the Columbus Marriott, NW in Dublin. Please mark your calendars for a full 3-day conference with fabulous presenters. The conference planning committee would like your input on the conference programming.  Please give us your feedback by filling out a short survey -- a link can also be found in the section above.

OCRID will also be holding elections during the business meeting on May 17th. Postions up for election will be President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Member-at-Large. Volunteering to serve on the board is a rewarding experience both personally and professionally. If you are looking for a new adventure, this is the place!  

The RID National Convention was held in Indianapolis, Indiana August 9th-13th. Over 1100 people attended this years biannual conference to learn, share, make new friends and catch up with old ones, too. RID Headquarters worked diligently to provide as many different modes of communication as possible. Attendees experienced open mic, closed mic, Spanish, CDI, tactile and captioning. It was quite a variety and amazing to experience. Parts of the conference were also streamed live!
The incoming RID board has set an initiative to communicate and collaborate with the state affiliate chapters. The past few years the communication link has broken down between the National Office and its members. The new board is determined to enhance services throughout RID and this is their first step. Please contact me if you have ideas related to this crucial initiative. It is important for everyone involved with RID to have their voice heard.

Membership renewals are due by June 30th every year for our fiscal year that runs July 1st-June 30th. It is important to maintain your membership to be able to vote on important RID and OCRID issues. You must be a member of both organizations to vote. A downloadable membership form is found under the resources tab as well as on the membership page, which you can fill out and return to our Member-at-Large. You may also pay online through Paypal at the membership page.

OCRID has partnered with the Ohio School for the Deaf Center for Outreach Services (formally known as ISLR) to provide a case conferencing program to our members. Amy Delorenzo from Columbus State Community College is serving as the moderator for the initiative. 

The Sara Paullin Casto Scholarship recipients last year, Jamie McCartney and Carrie Morgan, have produced a DVD, VRS Scenarios for Pre-Service Interpreters. It contains11 sample vignettes with scripts, two sample interpretations, and a resource document with suggested activities. All of these amazing items may be purchased for $13 which includes shipping!  A downloadable order form can be found under Resources.  Please contact Jamie McCartney if you have any questions.

OCRID and Kent State University Student Accessibility Services Office are collaborating to bring Carolyn Ressler back to Ohio. Carolyn will be presenting ASL to English: Making it Sound Natural at Kent State on September 28, 2013. Please check back to the website in the near future for all the registration and workshop details.

Respectfully yours,

Jill Josselson, NAD V, CI/CT, NIC OCRID President