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Sunday, April 20, 2014

“What Did You Just Say?” Workshop on Saturday, April 26, 2014

New Orleans Sign Language Services, LLC


“What Did You Just Say?”

Techniques and tools to help interpreters recognize and repair some of the most common linguistic errors that are made by many interpreters

April 26, 2014
10am -- 4pm
5324 Canal Blvd, NOLA, 70124
(Enter the side door, downstairs, facing Hawthorne Place)

LRID Members -- $20
Non- LRID Members -- $25
ITP Students -- $15
(Pay at the door)

This workshop will focus on most common linguistic errors made by interpreters related to the use of prosody, fingerspelling, numbers and non-manual markers. After the participants have been shown examples and given instruction, they will be able effectively self-assess, recognize, and repair dysfunctional habits. Hands-on practices, break-out groups, techniques, resources, and study aids will also be provided to participants. .5 CEUs will be provided.

For more information:
Barbara Lovas at
504-722-2967 cell/text/facetime

This workshop is sponsored by Louisiana Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, a chapter of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf


Tuesday, February 11, 2014


Louisiana Registry of Interpreters for Deaf presents

The LRID Spring Workshop presenter Debbie Peterson, CDI, comes from a Deaf family in Alabama.  She received a B.S. in Psychology from Gallaudet University and M.S. in Teaching American Sign Language at McDaniel College in Maryland.  She taught ASL at The Bi Cultural Center, University of Minnesota and New York University.  She coordinated the ASL Studies at Bishop Community College in Alabama.  In Minnesota, she coordinated various training workshops for educational interpreters through Federal Grant for two years.  She taught interpreting at Seattle Central Community College for 8 year as well as to both B.A and M.A. students at Gallaudet University for a year and half.  She worked for Sorenson Communications as Professional Development Specialist and a faculty for VRS Interpreter Institute.  She was involved with Northeast University to develop interpreting trainings for Deaf interpreters.  She was elected as first Deaf Member at Large for Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.  She is currently working as CDI/Quality Assurance Specialist for TCS in Maryland.  She also provides various interpreting workshops to Deaf, Freelance and Educational Interpreters.

MARCH 22, 2014  (9 AM – 4 PM)
Louisiana School for the Deaf
2888 Brightside Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70821 / 70820

$40 -- early bird LRID members (before February 28th)
$50 -- non-LRID members and LRID members after February 28th
$30 – student LRID members and Deaf

Register to attend at
9 AM – 12PM: CULTURAL MEDIATION WORKSHOPCultural Meditation describes the ability to foster, and improve relationships with members of a culture different from one's own. It is based on knowledge of many factors, such as the other culture's values, perceptions, manners, social structure, and decision-making practices, and an understanding of how members of the group communicate—verbally business and social contexts. .3 CEUs
1PM – 4 PM: VISUAL GESTURAL COMMUNICATION WORKSHOP -- Visual-Gestural Communication (VGC) is useful to many people who need an alternative technique for expressing and understanding the wants and needs of other people in their environment.  VGC is not a language like English or American Sign Language. It is a communication mode that uses gestures, facial expressions, and body language. Often individuals who cannot communicate effectively using either a spoken language like English or a formal signed language like ASL will be able to communicate more effectively using natural gestures. .3 CEUs

This workshop is sponsored by Louisiana Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (LRID, P.O. Box 77018
Baton Rouge, LA 70879), a chapter of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. Total .6 CEUs applied for

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christy Fitzmorris signing to 5 popular Christmas carols

support our local Deaf entrepreneurs ...

A DVD recording featuring Christy Fitzmorris signing to 5 popular Christmas carols. Voice and instruments by local performing artists- Covington, Louisiana. Come by Springs of Life or go to Springs of Life website, Once you are on the site go to the tab that says “Ask Nancy”. You will see what you need to write to make the request in the question box. Please mention in the box, “Christmas DVD”. I will get back with you to fill your order.
Cost- $9.00 -I can ship it to you for an additional $4.50.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Lacey Loupe, explaining growing up Deaf

bblovas has shared a video with you on YouTube
Life as a Deaf Person
This is all about my life as a deaf person... My goal is to help hearing people to understand deaf people better and how to help them. However, I am so sorry that this video has no subtitling for hearing. I thought I could do it, but it became more complicated for me. Also I am not good at English. If anyone is willing to help me out with this, I would be very appreciate and grateful! Thank you...

Monday, August 26, 2013

EIPA Written Test and Knowledge Standards

Brenda Schick, Ph.D., working with the EIPA Diagnostic Center at Boys Town National Research Hospital, has developed the EIPA Written Test and Knowledge Standards. This comprehensive multiple-choice test evaluates the interpreter’s understanding of information that is critical to performing with students in an education setting. The test consists of 177 questions and takes approximately one and a half to three hours to complete. This computer-based test is administered through the Internet. A passing score on the EIPA Written Test is not needed in order to take the EIPA Performance Assessment.

Procedure for Registering for the Written Test

Registration is currently open for tests occurring in September, October or November, 2013.
2013 Test Dates and Proctors:
For a complete listing of proctors, test locations and test dates, click here.

Proctor for New Orleans, LA -- EIPA Written Test and Knowledge Standards - Classroom Interpreting

Name: Barbara Lovas
 Test Dates: February 15, 2013, 10:00 AM
                       May 24, 2013, 10:00 AM
                       September 13, 2013, 10:00 AM
                       October 11, 2013, 10:00 AM
 Test Site: Woodland West Elementary School
                   2143 Mars Street
                   Harvey, LA  70058
 Phone: 504-722-2967

Not every state has a proctor. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a proctor, contact Teresa McEvoy at (402) 452-5042 or All approved proctors are required to host a minimum of two tests per calendar year.

Registration Deadline
Online registration must be completed at least 3 full business days prior to your test date.
If your test will be paid with a purchase order through a third party agency or organization, you must register at least 5 full business days prior to your test date. For Purchase Order registrations, contact Misti Jensen Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (CST) at 1-800-756-7920 ext. 7150 or via email at

The fee for the EIPA Written Test is $200.00 and is paid online at the time of registration. Proctors are allowed to charge test takers a proctor fee. You may contact the proctor prior to registering to inquire about possible proctor fees. Any proctor fee is collected at the test site and paid directly to the proctor.  

Registration Form
To begin the online registration, click here.

Cancellation Policy
The processing fee is $25.00. All monies are refundable in full minus the $25.00 processing fee if the cancellation is received by 8:00 AM (CST) AND three full business days before your scheduled test date. No refunds will be issued for no-shows or cancellations received after 8:00 AM(CST) AND less than three full business days before the scheduled test date. Purchase orders will still be subject to cancellation policy requirements. Registrants MUST cancel the test request on line.

Frequently Asked Questions

For answers to questions ranging from cost and test format to how to become a proctor, please click here.

Preparing for the Test

The EIPA Written Test is based on a set of knowledge standards that was developed by a group of experts, including deaf consumers, interpreters, interpreter trainers, deaf educators, and ASL linguistics.

The test is not a factual memory test. In other words, memorization of the knowledge standards only, may not enable you to receive a passing score. Application of knowledge to situations is necessary in order to pass this examination.

The test is also based on the EIPA Code of Professional Conduct for Educational Interpreters. The RID Code of Ethics is not the basis for professional conduct in the EIPA Written Test.

The written test will be given in 2013 during the months of February, March, May, June, September, October and November 1st - 15th, 2013.

For information contact:

Teresa McEvoy
EIPA Written Test Coordinator
(402) 452-5042
Fax: (402) 452-5028

For information regarding test construction on psychometric validity, contact:

Brenda Schick, Ph.D.
EIPA Written Test Developer
University of Colorado at Boulder
(303) 492-7339 v/tty

The EIPA Written Test was developed with funding from the Office of Special Education, Programs of National Significance (H325 N010013), awarded to Brenda Schick, Project Director, Boys Town National Research Hospital, and with support from the Regional Assessment System establish by the Mountain Plains Regional Assessment Center, directed by Bern Jones.

Friday, August 9, 2013

I always sign up for the Publisher's Clearinghouse Sweepstakes ... and I guess I don't have to tell you that I have never won ... but that is another story. Anyway, while searching with the PCH search engine to gain extra entries I stumbled on this article about John. I am blessed to have such an awesome husband!!!

What's New

John Lovas selected for Hamilton Relay 2011 Deaf Community Leader Award for the State of Louisiana

(September 17, 2011)
John has built a reputation as a leader in the community and has been instrumental in bringing the hearing and deaf communities together through various types of social and educational activities. He has been a well-respected Pastor of the Canal Blvd. Baptist Deaf Church in New Orleans for the past 15 years and has been in the pastoral ministry for the past 20 years. He graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1985 and attended the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina flooded the area and essentially destroyed the church that John spent so many years building. He and his family were forced to leave. Immediately after relocating, John focused on ways to locate and assist a countless number of senior citizens and deaf individuals in New Orleans – helping many relocate within Baton Rouge and other parishes for their safety. He spent many hours providing assistance and working with the Red Cross to search for families and their loved ones who were relocated across the country.

Over many months after the hurricane, John rebuilt his church. Through his leadership, the deaf community slowly reestablished communication and other social activities. John became the sponsor of monthly meetings where he invited students, educators and friends to meet. John and his wife developed a webpage that kept everyone informed on events happening in the city and in the church.

John has been described by his peers as a compassionate, non-judgmental individual. We applaud him for all the efforts he has put forth in the community and are pleased to present him with this year's Hamilton Relay Deaf Community Leader Award.

This leadership recognition has been brought to you by Hamilton Relay.

About Hamilton Relay
Hamilton Relay offers a variety of services including Traditional Relay Services, Captioned Telephone and Internet Relay services. Hamilton provides Traditional Relay and/or Captioned Telephone services to 17 states, the District of Columbia, the Island of Saipan and the Virgin Islands. More information is available at

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Hey Guys!
Some of you have asked me for recipes that were presented during the workshop ... but I realized I have not ever written them down. Since I am in a pinch for time, I googled some awesome recipes that are equal to mine. I will make time this weekend to post mine also. But for sure, these ones I am sending you are just as good or better than mine. If you think of anything I mentioned that I haven't included, shoot me an email and I will reply asap.:)
Have a wonderful week!!!

Bentonite clay Powder Detox Mask and Toothpaste Recipe