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San Diego County RID is a non-profit organization committed to professional development, networking and fundraising efforts for professional interpreters, students of interpreting, and supporters of the interpreting community. 

Upcoming Events

Deaf Middle East Refugees: Cultural and Language Barriers

Presented by Ranem Wissam Shhadeh

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

Deaf Community Services


This workshop will focus on the cultural and language barriers of the Deaf Middle East Refugees. San Diego County is experiencing an increase in this population and they are coming to a land that thrives on freedom of speech, women's rights, job opportunities, and much more. How does this affect the local Deaf and Interpreting community? What protocols should you be aware of in order to ensure effective communication? This workshop will help expand awareness and improve working relationships with our clients and colleagues alike. 

CEUs for this event are pending. This workshop will be held in American Sign Language. Interpretation into spoken English available upon request. Please contact Deaf-rep@sdcrid.org with any questions. Deaf Community Services: 1545 Hotel Circle South, San Diego, CA 92108, Suite 300

Ranem Wissam Shhadeh is an American Palestinian Deaf woman who knows Israeli and American Sign Language. She was the first to graduate as an ASL Deaf interpreter at San Marcos Palomar College. You probably see her with her hearing alert service dog named Bella. Ranem is very involved with the Deaf community such as providing services to those who have language barriers. She believes in equal access no matter where a person comes from around the world. Deaf refugees have a very special place in Ranem's heart. She currently works at Disability Rights California (DRC) and as a freelance Deaf interpreter. 

The VRSII is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for continuing education activities.  This cultural awareness workshop is offered for .02 CEUs at the Little Knowledge Level.

The objective of this workshop is to increase awareness about cultural and language barriers that may be present when working with Deaf Middle Eastern refugees in the United States. 

This workshop is free of cost.

Refund/cancellation policy: n/a

This workshop is intended for sign language interpreters and other professionals who work alongside the Deaf Middle Eastern community. 

Interpretation into spoken English will be available. Requests for additional accommodations can be sent to deaf-rep@sdcrid.org.

SDCRID does 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. Workshop presenters will facilitate and promote an environment of mutual respect, free of bias. 

Deaf Middle East flyer with CEU info.pdf

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Upcoming events

14 Oct 2017 8:00 AM • University of San Diego 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093 Price Center West
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16 Mar 2018 6:00 PM • Deaf Community Services
08 Jun 2018 6:00 AM • Deaf Community Services


SDCRID Community Grant Application: 2016-2017 Camp


SDCRID is committed to giving back to our community. The Board of Directors have established a grant to be awarded yearly to a community member or organization that supports the Deaf and/or interpreting communities in San Diego County for a Deaf or Child of a Deaf Adult (CODA) to be used towards Camp registration fees.


Applications for the 2016-2017 Grant are due by February 28, 2017 and will be chosen at the March 10, 2017 Board and Chairs Meeting. Recipients will be announced at our General Membership Meeting on March 11, 2017 and contacted following the meeting.


Please submit your application along with a cover letter explaining who you are and how this award would help you. Applications can be mailed c/o SDCRID, PO Box 711856, San Diego, CA 92171 or emailed to board@sdcrid.org. Our current amount to be award for this year will be $732.80 and may be awarded to one or multiple applicants. 


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