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Conference Planning

Full-force action packed planning for IAD IRID Igniting Integration Conference

Our Vice President, Amanda Grazian and Conference Co-Chair IAD Vice President, Kevin Ryan, along with many other volunteers have been hard at work planning for the upcoming IRID / IAD Igniting Integration Conference.

Recently Announced

BEI Workshop

What a couple of action packed days were had at the BEI Preparation Workshop held at the Chicago Hearing Society on December 4 - 5, 2016.  

First of all - thank you to CHS for their generous donation of space to host this workshop.  Also a special shout out to Michelle Mendiola and Kim Eischen (CHS Staff) for coming in early on a weekend day to open the doors for us.

IRID Panel Event Attended by Students from Seven Different ITPs

Attendees involved in the panel discussion

Friday evening, October 14, 2016, around forty-five students and recent graduates from seven different interpreting training programs, some from as far as St. Louis, flocked to Columbia College Chicago for IRID’s ‘After Dark’ Panel Discussion.  The panel, which was composed of six panelists devoted to helping establish new interpreters in the field, answered student questions across a wide range of subjects from questions about life after graduation, handling ethical dilemmas, and even discussing mistakes they had made when they entered the field.

2016 Annual Membership Meeting

Conference Registration Sign

This year, IRID hosted our annual membership meeting along with professional development opportunities at Columbia College Chicago on October 15, 2016.  I can honestly say that the event was a huge success.  We had over 130 in attendance on Saturday and 40 in attendance Friday night for the Student / Entry to Practice Panel Discussion.  Thank you to the Panelists for a very stimulating question and answer session.

2016 IRID Scholarship Recipients

2016 IRID Scholarship Awardees (Shelley Engstrom-Kestel, David Rice, Sam Freeman, Lindsay Wydra)

IRID is thrilled to announce the names of our members who were awarded scholarships at our recent membership meeting held at Columbai College on October 15, 2016.  We are pleased to be able to offer this benefit to our members.  IRID awards two Dan Levin Memorial Scholarships annually, provided that the necessary funds are available and there are eligible candidates, to members who wish to sit for a Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) Performance Test.

Save the Date

The joint conference planning has begun.  Please be sure to mark your calendars.  June 22 - 25, 2017 at the brand new Hotel Indigo in Naperville, IL.   Come see the sights of downtown Naperville.  Stroll along the river walk.  Enjoy workshops and social networking!  Stay tuned for additional details to be shared on the joint conference website (http://www.iadiridconf.org) soon.  

DeafBlind Forum

LECOBDA President Bryen Yunashko on stage leading the discussion.

IRID participated in the invitation DeafBlind Forum held at Columbia College on Saturday, October 1, 2016.  There were approximately 100 in attendance and several service providers represented. 

IRID Joins IAD Roundtable Discussion

Schaumburg Public Library

IRID was happy to have been invited to join the IAD Community Roundtable Discussion held at the Schaumburg Public Library on Saturday, September 24, 2016.  Various community leaders and organizations were represented at the event.  The discussion focused on a wide range of topics including improvements to deaf education, increasing community collaboration, providing training and resources to various communities and stakeholders. 

CHS 100 Year Anniversary Fundraiser

A view of the attendees gathering at the Chicago Cultural Center

IRID was excited to attend the Chicago Hearing Society's 100 Year Anniversary Celebration on August 19, 2016 at the Chicago Cultural Center.

The event had hundreds in attendance and was a very inspiring evening of seeing old friends, listening to amazing stories, and supporting CHS via fundraising.  IRID's own Member at Large, June Prusak spoke to the power of CHS' impact in Chicago.  The keynote was given by NAD Executive Director and ex-Chicagoan Howard Rosenblum. 

Region III Conference

A few of the Illinois attendees at the Region III Conference held in Louisville, KY on July 27 - 31, 2016.

It was great seeing Illinois represented at the 2016 Region III Conference held in Louisville, KY - July 28 to July 31.  The conference was a great success with over 300 attendees.  Soon, Illinois will have our annual membership meeting.  More information will be forthcoming VERY soon.  Stay tuned.