Make sure to mark your calendars. 4 Hours of credit for only $10


Good News!!! Trix Bruce is coming to Chattanooga, Tennessee!

September 16, 2016:  Friday 5:30 – 9:30 pm
♥ Lexical Non-Manual Signals: The "TH" signal  
This workshop has a focus on the non-manual "TH" signal. Interpreters will analyze and apply this grammatical marker in various contexts. Video clips and discussion will increase interpreters' confidence. Contexts include: character development, structures, English idioms, conjunctions, adjectives, and more. (0.4 RID CEUs available) 
♥ Video Clip Example of NMS “TH”:  “Feeling Like A Fool!”

September 17, 2016: Saturday 9:00 am – 5 pm
♥VISUALIZE THIS: Drawing in Space With ASL Classifiers  
As a native English speaker you work within a linear language, but ASL uses space and movement through classifiers to show a visual picture.  When using Classifiers, are you able to clearly portray the English message into ASL?  Do you know how to clearly show a car accident, a Lasik eye surgery, or a gymnast going through their routines? This workshop provides participants with an overview of using Classifiers, by focusing on what they mean, when to use them and how they are used.  Participants will explore various classifiers to express a visual picture breaking away from English words to translate ideas visually. This workshop strongly focuses on ASL storytelling, ASL performing, and ideas on how to use the appropriate handshape to show a clearer picture of the context involved. This workshop will also provide hands-on experiences & skill building activities needed for appropriate classifier use applied to complex descriptions and images. Complicated & confusing pictures, eye gaze, role shifting, spatial referencing and appropriate use of classifiers in storytelling will also be presented. Emphasis is placed on developing the ability to think in pictures as a way to improve expressive and receptive communication skills. (0.7 RID CEUs available)
♥ Video Clip Example of Personification: Bobber
♥ Video Clip Example of Camping Classifiers: Campfire
♥ Video Clip Example of Sound Effects: Surf

September 16, 2016  Mentoring Services Available
Your own private Mentor! As your mentor, Trix will focus on you, providing individualized feedback and instruction in English/ASL translation and Deaf culture. Under the direction of an expert instructor, your skills will soar! Email her for an appointment. Mentor appointments are not included the workshop registration. For a mentor appointment, there is a separate fee.(RID CEUs available!)

BIO: Patricia (Trix) Bruce, from Seattle, Washington, is known nationwide as both a workshop presenter and an American Sign Language performer. Trix's work has been warmly received everywhere, from local community centers, to state, regional and national conferences, Deaf Way II, interpreter conventions and more.  Wildly popular as a teacher of ASL storytelling and ASL interpretation, Trix impresses audiences at all levels of ASL skill, from novices to fluent experts. Trix has been profoundly deaf since she was 6 months old. She went through oral, mainstreaming, deaf classes, and online educational programs. Trix has been involved in the performing arts since 1980. After completing her college program, she became involved with interpreter training. Trix's main area of study has been ASL Linguistics with a focus on ASL Performance.  She has developed a popular website: Whether writing, creating, improvising or starring in her many productions, Trix's passion for the dramatic arts shines through.

Friday Evening Workshop:
$45 per participant/per workshop, postmarked by Aug 4, 2016
$55 per participant
Saturday Workshop :
$75 per participant, postmarked by Aug 4, 2016
$85 at the door
Limited Seating – Registration Open on a First Come, First Serve basis
 SEND $ & your registration form TO: PayPal/Quick Pay accepted; checks accepted - please make checks payable to Trix Bruce and send to: Trix Bruce, 1429 D Ave PMB 362, Snohomish, WA 98290
Please RSVP with payment. This will confirm your place in the workshop. CONTACT: by
 RID CEUs:  Trix Bruce is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for Continuing Education Activities. This Professional Studies program is offered for all workshops: 0.4 Lexical “TH” and 0.7 Classifiers at the Little/No to Some Content Knowledge Level.    
 NOTES: Handouts will be provided.  The workshop will be presented in ASL. There will be a Door Prize!  For details on refunds, cancellations, and special accommodations policies, please send an email to 
My workshops benefit participants at all levels. Countless advanced interpreters have let me know that they enjoyed learning updated/new signs that they haven’t seen before, such as regional accents. They also loved it when I explained how to sign messages into ASL, rather than just signing in English word by word.  Interpreters appreciate that my workshops are excellent for review as well as for discovering new things that apply within the professional work environment. Students also mentioned that my workshops helped them to understand how to approach their own projects, research, and practice more effectively.


TARGETED POPULATION:  Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind high school students


TARGETED TIMEFRAME:  Six-five hour sessions (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) over the span of two weeks.  Daily sessions will begin at 9:00 am and end at 2:30 pm. 

MAJOR EMPHASIS:  Provide students the tools and experiences needed to obtain successful and satisfying employment.  This program will focus on preparing the student with hands-on learning, discussion, informational handouts, and information to achieve the realistic careers they desire.  Topics covered would include:
     1. Workplace Readiness (Attitude, Appearance, Action)
     2. Job Exploration       
     3. Guest speakers who are deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind present information about their jobs and education
     4. Accommodations for the Workplace (Disability Rights of Tennessee)
     5. Technology and Services
     6. Shadowing assignments
     7. Finances
     8. How to find a job (Newspaper, Internet, People you know, Cold Calls)
     9. How to create a professional resume


The puppets are coming! Join the Nashville Public Library and puppetry troupes from six different countries on June 17-19 for the one-and-only Nashville International Puppet Festival 2016! Enjoy FREE shows, live music, food trucks and a parade on Saturday morning. For more information and to reserve your free tickets, visit the site!

There will be select shows interpreted, as well as featured silent shows. For a full schedule of accessible shows, download the official flyer!


Bapin Group is excited to announce The Second International DeafBlind Expo.

This event offers the opportunity to meet people from DeafBlind communities all over the world who come together to partner, network, share information, and check out amazing products showcased by renowned vendors. You won’t want to miss your chance to attend the International DeafBlind Expo and experience all the things we will have to offer:

1) Gain a wealth of information and enjoy networking,

2) Participate in workshops,

3) Visit the exhibit booths to check out and purchase new products,

4) Enjoy skits by talented DeafBlind patrons,

5) Enjoy the Saturday night Gala with a full meal and cash bar, and

6) Socialize, party, and check out beautiful Orlando, Florida!

Registration is now available for on-line completion.

DeafBlind people who wish to attend the Expo are responsible for bringing their own SSPs and the SSPs need to be prepared to interpret. Bapin Group will NO LONGER be coordinating SSPs for this event and we will do our best to provide interpreting support ONLY during activities planned by Bapin Group. We will have interpreting and CART services available for all workshops, the exhibit hall, and the events planned by Bapin Group. We will also have limited interpreting services available for vendors who request them at their exhibit booths.


TSD Comprehensive Educational Resource Center invites parents, caregivers and families of children who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf-Blind and Deaf with other disabilities ages Birth - 21 to attend. Schedule to include Friday evening dinner and family activities. Saturday will include parent work-shops, student activities and meals.

Registration:  $30 for a family bringing up to five members.

Please see the attached registration form for additional family members and cost. Scholarships are available; please indicate on the registration form if you wish to apply for a scholarship. Registration for the weekend will begin on Friday evening, May 27, 2016 from 5:00- 9:00pm. If you plan to arrive later than 9:00pm, please indicate on the attached registration form. Late arrivals may pick up registration packets and cottage assignments at the security gate.

Please return the enclosed registration form with your family's registration fee by April 29, 2016. For those needing lodging, cottage availability is limited. Submit registration as quickly as possible to secure your lodging. Checks or money orders should be made payable to: PTCA ofTSD.


Registration Deadline - May 31!  Pre-registration open through May 31; after that, we welcome your registration on-site.

Be sure to check the website frequently for Convention news as well as on Facebook and Twitter (@HLAA, @nmacklin #HLAA2016).


The Creation Museum’s annual Deaf Day began in 2010. This yearly event features ASL interpreters and deaf volunteers. Some of the areas feature ASL interpreters providing live interpretation of presentations such as "The Last Adam." We hope many guests will come and enjoy the Deaf Day each year. Hearing guests are also invited, of course, and we expect you will enjoy watching the expressive communication of American Sign Language during the shows and throughout the museum. It can be a real learning experience to be surrounded by people speaking the beautiful language of ASL!