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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.

2017 IAD IRID Conference - Call for Volunteers

Planning and hosting a conference requires coordination and a strong support team. There are many opportunities to be involved and to leave your mark on our combined conference experience.

IAD and IRID are looking for volunteers to serve on a variety of committees and to perform various key tasks.

Volunteer Committees

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2015 Membership Meeting - Give Thanks!

If you missed the IRID Fall Conference, you missed an awesome end to the business meeting. This year, IRID did not present formal awards. Those will be postponed and presented at the next membership meeting. Instead, we informally thank those who have made an impact to both IRID and the profession. Each awardee was presented a flower of gratitude.

To all of the members that make IRID what it is, we give thanks.

IRID Proudly Sponsors Deaf Interpreter Conference

Deaf Interpreter Conference Attendees (Pictured back row L-R: Edison Lopez Jr., Peter Wujcik, Dana Craig, Laura Thomas, Teri Hedding | Pictured front row L-R: Susan Rangel, June Prusak, Raymond Rodgers, Deb Sampson)

The first ever Deaf Interpreter Conference was held at St. Catherine University, Minnesota from June 20th to 24th, 2015. There were 208 Deaf attendees ranging from novice to vets from all over the USA and few from Canada. All communication was pure ASL, 100% of the time. The entire conference was coordinated by the Deaf for the Deaf. 

2014 IRID Award Recipients

2014 Award Recipients (Pictured L to R:  CJ Speakman, Will Lee, Mary Holden, Amanda Carso, Jamie Nick)

CJ Speakman Interpreter of the Year
Will Lee President's Award
Mary Holden Distinguished Service Award, Member Volunteer
Amanda Carso Distinguished Service Award, Entry to Practice
Jamie Nick Distinguished Service Award, Educational Interpreter

2013 IRID Award Recipients

2013 IRID Award Recipients

Josh Ayoub Interpreter of the Year
Tim Mahoney President's Award
Darlene Stefanski Cecchi Distinguished Service Award, Educational Interpreter
Jamie Antonick Distinguished Service Award, Entry to Practice
Josh Garrett Distinguished Service Award, Member Volunteer