National ASL Interpreters Workshop to be Held at WWU

The American Sign Language Interpreting Program at William Woods University will host a national workshop for American Sign Language interpreters Saturday (Aug. 23).


Taught by Charlotte Toothman, M.S., M.A., CSC, CPCC, the workshop will provide an opportunity for interpreters to look at ways to work more effectively and collaboratively in workplace settings.


Sponsored by Sorenson VRS (Video Relay Service), all proceeds from the workshop will be donated to the Missouri School for the Deaf. The workshop will be held in room 006 of the Burton Business Building on the William Woods campus from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The workshop will offer RID CEU/ACET Credits.


“William Woods University is honored and thrilled to be working hand in hand with Sorenson Communications” Dr. Carolyn Ball, director of the ASL interpreting program at WWU, said.


“Sorenson Communications is the largest employer of interpreters in the United State, Canada and Puerto Rico. Through this partnership we can improve the skills of current interpreters and allow students here at William Woods University to be involved in national workshops that will help their future careers through networking with seasoned professionals and learning new skills.”


Toothman, the workshop facilitator, holds a master’s degree in management from John F. Kennedy University and is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach. She has been consulting with organizations, executives and managers for more than 10 years across industries ranging from health care and communications technology to not-for-profit organizations.

Workshop discussion at WWU will revolve around the dynamics of situational and personal power, as well as strategies to expand professional strengths. Activities and discussions will also be directed toward considering different types of power and their role in working with the deaf culture.


Cost of the workshop will be $20 for interpreters and $10 for students. It is free for Sorenson VRS Interpreters. Make checks payable to Missouri School for the Deaf.
Lunch, provided by Sorenson VRS at noon, is free and will include a brief Video Relay Service (VRS) presentation.


Pre-register with Hans Liedtke at hliedtke@sorenson.com. Space is limited and will be provided on a first-come first-served basis.