TX: Foundations I

Foundations of Interpreting I 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.

Additional references to Betty's contributions to the field can be found here, on the BMC website. Click on the timeline image to see the history of Betty Colonomos' work in the interpreting field spanning roughly four decades! (Or use the Main Menu and click on BMC History.)

Register for Foundations I in Dallas, TX

Register for Foundations I in Dallas, TX


Schedule Location

Friday, February 16, 2018 6:00p–9:00p

Saturday, February 17, 2018 9:00a–5:30p

Sunday, February 18, 2018 9:00a–12:00p

Deaf Action Center
3110 Cedar Plaza Ln
Dallas, TX 75235


Lunch will be 1 hour on your own Saturday. There will be ample breaks throughout the session.

This workshop is limited to 30 participants.

Open to all levels of RID and BEI interpreters, advanced interpreting students, recent IEP graduates, and non-certified interpreters with interpreter education welcome to attend. All attendees must have fluency in ASL.

CEUs (Pending)

Participants will be awarded 1.3 RID & BEI CEUs (pending) in the Professional Studies category at the 'little/no' prior Content Knowledge level.


Early-bird registration is $205.00, and closes on December 31, 2017. The registration process will automatically discount you to the $205 early-bird rate if your registration is submitted before December 31, 2017.

Regular registration is $225.00 starting January 1, 2018.

Refunds: 100% until 1/1/18, No refunds after 1/2/18

For more information and/or to request an ADA accommodation, use the contact form on this page. Accommodation requests must be submitted by 1/15/18.

Event Properties

Event Date 02-16-2018
Event End Date 02-18-2018
Registration Start Date 09-01-2017
Capacity 30
Registered 6
Available place 24
Individual Price Regular price $225. Early-bird rate $205 until 12/31/17.
Deaf Action Center
3110 Cedar Plaza Ln
Deaf Action Center
Attachment foundations1TX2018NOCEUs.pdf
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