NY: Deaf Foundations I & II

 Deaf Foundations of Interpreting I & II

(NOTE: Date Change Below) 

Rochester, NY

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Deaf Foundations of Interpreting I & II Seminar

About Betty M. Colonomos

Betty M. Colonomos, currently serving as Director of the Bilingual Mediation Center, is a fluent ASL/ English bilingual. Her academic background is in Deaf Education/Speech Pathology (B.S.), Counseling (M.A.) Linguistics (Doctoral program). Betty holds the Masters Comprehensive Skills Certificate (MCSC) from RID. She was the second recipient of the Mary Stotler Award for excellence in Interpreter Education from CIT. Betty has chaired and served on many national committees on standards and evaluation of interpreters and served as President of the Conference of Interpreter Trainers (CIT). Ms. Colonomos has authored and appeared in video materials on interpreting and she co-authored (with MJ Bienvenu) videos on Deaf Culture, ASL Facial Grammar, and ASL Numbers. She worked as an International Sign interpreter for numerous conferences worldwide.

Betty also consults with schools and the legal system as an expert on linguistic and cultural issues impacting the Deaf Community. Betty is the developer of the Integrated Model of Interpreting (IMI), which is the most widely used model in the U.S. for teaching cognitive processes in interpreting. She teaches the Foundations of Interpreting Series for hearing, coda (Deaf-parented), and Deaf interpreters that combines the IMI with a Vygotskyan approach to learning. Betty is the creator of the Etna Project (2002–present) held in New Hampshire and Maryland. The project is a series of retreats supporting a Community of Reflective Practitioners who are interpreters committed to their own growth as they seek to become change agents in the field of interpreting.

 Along with MJ Bienvenu, Betty collaborated on the TBC News from 1988-1993. In addition to the history contained in these pages, you will find topics relevant to the field today. Additional references to Betty's contributions to the field can be found here: BMC History

Deaf Co-Teacher Pauline Ballentine

Pauline BallentinePauline Ballentine is a Senior Lecturer of ASL & Interpreting Studies Department at University of Northern Colorado and is currently part time freelancing in Colorado. She used to be a Chair of the Carlstrom ASL-Interpreting Department at North Central University. Pauline holds a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership from Regent University; she is also a certified Deaf Interpreter. Formerly, she used to serve as an interviewer and rater for the Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI: ASL) to two states. Pauline is actively with committees and organizations at local and regional levels and presented workshops to Interpreters, K-12 teachers and parents of Deaf children on various topics related to language, literacy with Deaf children and interpreting. Pauline has been involved with Integrated Model of Interpreting since 2012, she is very involved in the dedicated practice of the model.

In her spare time, Ballentine enjoys being the wife to her Deaf husband and mother of three Deaf children; watching sports, especially when her children are playing; reading; and cooking.

ASL Invitation



Announcing this professional development opportunity for Deaf Interpreters.

Deaf Foundations Funds Applied to this Seminar

The Bilingual Mediation Center's (BMC) Deaf Foundations Fund (DFF) has collected contributions from interpreters in support of our Deaf Interpreter colleagues. BMC is utilizing those funds and BMC's own contribution to discount the costs associated with this seminar by $1,500.


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Your Wellbeing is Important to Us


BMC Policy

In the interest of our health and safety, here is our current policy with regard to COVID-19.

Updates are changing daily, and various locations seem unaffected at this time. We will continue to monitor the situation and let everyone know if there is a need to cancel.

Meanwhile, if anyone has tested positive for the virus or if anyone shows symptoms of the virus, we ask that they inform us and not attend the seminar. We can discuss the financial resolution at that time.

Thank you for your patience and I assure you we will not take risks endangering your health and well being.

Take care and please wash your hands frequently. 



* Scheduled upcoming seminars below have been postponed in light of growing concerns around the spread of COVID-19. We are working to schedule new dates for these events and will notify everyone who has registered. We hope that you will be able to attend the rescheduled dates and you will be contacted when those dates are confirmed. If not, we will work out logistics regarding a refund or credit for future seminars.

Please refer back here for updates as we negotiate for rescheduling.


Your Wellbeing is Important to Us

The health and safety of there community is our priority. Here are some steps from there World Health Organization you can take to protect yourself from the new Coronavirus (COVID-19):

  • • Wash your hands frequently
  • • Maintain distance between yourself and those who are coughing or sneezing*
  • • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth
  • • Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze
  • • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early



*Pre-approved Alternate Payment Plans through PayPal

Please read below if registering using a pre-approved alternate payment plan

In our effort to be fully inclusive, we recognize that some interpreters may benefit from a payment plan when they register for Foundations of Interpreting seminars. If you would like to register for a seminar but wish to make alternate payment arrangements, contact the coordinator to request that a plan be established specifically for you before you register. Depending how close your registration is to the seminar date, your registration's cost may be divided into 2 or 3 equal payments automatically deducted from your PayPal account using PayPals subscription service. The intervals between payments will also depend on the amount of time between your registration and the seminar date. Payment in full should be completed 1-2 weeks prior to the seminar.

Contact the coordinator to arrange for your personalized payment plan before registering.

Regarding Levels of Participant's Prior Knowledge

RID requires presenters to identify a single level of participants' prior knowledge necessary when attending a workshop, presentation, or seminar from these categories:


The reality is that individual participants from all of these levels of prior knowledge have the opportunity to learn together in the Foundations series. Historically, participants have attended the Foundations of Interpreting Seminar Series at all of these Prior Knowledge levels.

The Foundations of Interpreting Seminar Series is designed to engage each individual from their own place of learning framed within the Integrated Model of Interpreting (IMI).

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Deaf Foundations Fund

The Deaf Foundations of Interpreting Seminar Series is offered for Deaf Interpreters. This specialized series is for Deaf Interpreters only.

Donations from the larger interpreting community and elsewhere help to defray the cost of providing these seminars to our Deaf Interpreter colleagues.

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Foundations of Interpreting

The Foundations of Interpreting Seminar Series provides insights into The Integrated Model of Interpreting and the processes we engage in while interpreting. More information on the series as well as a schedule of current seminars being offered: click here.

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Coronavirus Impact

Coronavirus Updates Pandemic impact is real.

That includes cancellation of some of our scheduled seminars and retreats.

Stay informed. Be safe.