Annual Meeting & Workshops with Bill Ross

  • Saturday, November 11, 2023
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Oklahoma State University - Seretean Wellness Center


  • Morning and afternoon, includes lunch, OKRID member, earns CEUs
  • Morning and afternoon sessions, not an OKRID member, includes lunch, earns CEUs
  • Student, includes lunch, No CEUs.
  • One session, OKRID Member, includes lunch. Can earn CEUs.
  • One session, includes lunch. Not an OKRID member. Earns CEUs.
  • One session, includes lunch


Morning Session: 9am - 12pm
"Socratic Circles of Growth" .3 CEUs approved - RID and QAST

Lunch/Business Meeting: 12pm - 2pm
Your registration includes lunch. Please stay for the meeting, socialize, and network with each other!

Afternoon Session: 2pm - 5pm
"Teaming and Support: Feedback on Assignment" .3 CEUs approved - RID and QAST

Morning or Afternoon only Rate, includes lunch
Member: $45
Non Member: $55
Student (no CEUs): $25

Morning & Afternoon, includes lunch
Member: $75
Non Member $85
Student (No CEUs): $25


William F. Ross III, M.S., a child of Deaf parents, has been interpreting for more than 38 years and holds dual certification (CI/CT) from the Registry of Interpreters of the Deaf. Currently, Bill works as the Director of Operations for Hands Up Communications a multilingual access company. He is also one of the primary authors for the recently released You Want To Be An Interpreter? (5th Ed.) he is working writing his second text addressing ethical concerns and decision making in the interpreting profession. Formerly, he was the Curriculum Development Specialist at Deaf Bible Society (DBS); an international organization that provided training and resources for individuals who work on Scripture translation into sign language. Prior to working at DBS, he was the Program Director of the Carlstrom Interpreter Training Program at North Central University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mr. Ross was the Director of the Communication Access Support Services Department at North Carolina School for the Deaf (NCSD); where he established the NCSD Mentorship Project and Distance Learning Mentoring Program to provide ongoing support to educational and freelance interpreters. He is passionate about building mentoring relationships, studying ASL and accompanying interpreters on the journey of perfecting their craft.

Socratic Circles of Growth:

“When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.”-Lewis Carol, author of Alice in Wonderland. How many times have you been interpreting, and you feel as though you are chasing meaning or maybe simply signing what you hear? It is our desire is to offer an interpretation that is beyond the surface structure of language. This workshop hopes to conquer those concerns by employing Socratic Circles to take message analysis to a deeper level. Collectively, we will work to convey vague, abstract, or over generalized terms in meaningful ways that lend to greater message equivalency, not solely message accuracy. Thus, encouraging us to become more sensitive to meta-messages, inference/implication, and other imprecise language forms. Participants will practice managing figurative and arbitrary language, which are often used to subtly shift meaning. Each of these language features complicates the work we do as interpreters. This workshop will focus on the skills needed to enhance deep language processing and determine the genuine meaning of the speaker's message as we seek liberty through knowledge.

Teaming and Support: Feedback on Assignment:

It is critical for colleagues to have the ability to work together as members of a team while interpreting. Observation and feedback are important elements of collaborative teamwork. Mastering the skill of depersonalizing feedback is critical for trust building, support, and open communication. Since we are often placed settings that are both physically and cognitively demanding we must be able to rely upon our colleague for support. The words we choose when providing support and feedback to our colleagues can encourage or discourage them; therefore, utilizing specific terms and phrases lends to the feedback being expressed and received in a more work focused manner. This training will address team interpreting, positive regard, trust as a professional courtesy and utilizing the open model of interpreting. Participants will be provided an opportunity to expressively interpret then provide observational commentary using the concepts and language of the workshop.

These workshops are for interpreters of all skill levels and are pending CEU approval. These workshops will be presented in ASL. 

REFUND POLICY: You may request a refund up to 7 days prior to the event. Any requests made after November 4, 2023 will be eligible for transfer to another participant but no refunds will be issued.

ACCOMMODATIONS: For reasonable accommodations, please contact us:

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY: Oklahoma Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (OKRID) does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status in any of its activities or operations. This event upholds nondiscriminatory practices and encourages a learning environment of mutual respect and free from bias.

Oklahoma Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf is an approved RID CMP Sponsor for continuing education activities.

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