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Upcoming events

    • Sunday, February 10, 2019
    • Sunday, December 08, 2019
    • 11 sessions
    • Mission Pizza, Fremont

    The 2019 NorCRID Board will meet on the 2nd Sunday of every month from 4pm to 7pm. All NorCRID members are invited to attend. Beginning in May, all meetings will be held at Mission Pizza in Fremont. Please RSVP by emailing norcridpresident@gmail.com.

    • Saturday, November 02, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    • Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th Street, Oakland, CA 94607


    50th Annual Conference

    & Business Meeting

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    Workshop Description 

    Isidore Niyongabo’s Biography

    Mail-In Registration

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    This workshop is presented from a first-hand refugee and immigrant perspective, blended with academic research that focuses on exploring the status of Deaf refugees, Internally Displaced Deaf People,  and Deaf immigrants on local, national and global levels. By the end of the workshop, participants will know how to better serve members of those groups as interpreters and allies. Participants will learn about how the system works, what humanitarian services are available, national statistics on refugees, local services, cultural diversity and the challenges that come with community integration. This workshop will give you the tools you need as interpreters and community members to positivley contribute to the quality of life for Deaf and hard of hearing refugees.

    Participants will have opportunity for group activities and roundtable discussions with topics like, “how can we, as interpreters, contribute to the increased quality of like for Deaf refugees while abiding by the CPC.” Participants will learn about various terminologies used to identify Refugees, Immigrants, Internally Displaced persons, Asylees, the process through which one goes through in the local, national and international system (mainly UNHCR, IRC, etc...). Additionally,  topics related to cultural diversity among Deaf refugees, struggles with community integration, and obstacles in accessing available resources are some of the topics that will be will be discussed. Group activities will be facilitated for participants to share perspectives and discuss individual and collective action plans. 

    0.65 CEUs

    Isidore Niyongabo is originally from Burundi and has been Deaf since 10 years old. He survived the 1993 Burundi Genocide and remained in Burundi as an Internally Displaced Person (IDP) until he immigrated to the United States where he has been thriving, both as a refugee and immigrant. Isidore graduated from Ohlone College, Fremont before pursuing his education in Southern California. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Psychology from San Diego State University and a Master’s Degree in International Development and Human Rights advocacy from the University of San Diego's Kroc School of Peace Studies
    For his Master’s degree capstone, he conducted a research on the challenges faced by the International Humanitarian Organization in identifying and providing services to Deaf, hard of hearing, and people with other "invisible disabilities" in war zones and disasters areas.

    Currently Isidore is the Human Resources Manager for Convo Communications and the Founding President of International Deaf Education, Advocacy and Leadership (IDEAL), a non-profit organization that aims to improve the quality of life of Deaf youth around the world, with focus on those in developing countries, through educational advocacy and leadership capacity building. Earlier this year, Isidore was appointed to the Federal Communication Commission Chairman to serve as the Co-Chair for the 3rd term of the Federal Communication Commission’s Disability Advisory Committee. Most recently, Isidore was elected to serve as the President for the National Black Deaf Advocates, Inc.

    Outside his HR work and philanthropy, Isidore is available for leadership coaching, Inspirational and Motivational Speaking sharing his life journey both as a Deaf person, immigrant, and refugee. Last but not least he enjoy dancing to latin music and teaching salsa as well as Bachata.

    NorCRID 2019 mail in registration.pdf

    For more information about the event center, please visit: https://oacc.cc

    Breakfast and Lunch provided

    NorCRID is committed to creating a fully accessible conference.   

    Attendees will communicate in ASL in all conference spaces. 

    Venue will be accessible to all abilities. 

    Venue will have gender neutral bathrooms.   

    PLEASE refrain from using ANY and ALL scented products due to chemical sensitivities.    

Past events

Saturday, May 25, 2019 Unpacking Sexuality: Bringing Unconscious Bias to the Forefront
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 ASL STEM in K-12/College Settings
Sunday, December 09, 2018 Final 2018 NorCRID Board Meeting
Sunday, November 04, 2018 2018 NorCRID Annual Conference & Business Meeting Hosted by BayTOC
Friday, October 19, 2018 NorCRID Board Meeting and Halloween Party Fundraiser
Sunday, September 16, 2018 NorCRID Board Meeting
Sunday, August 26, 2018 NorCRID Board Meeting
Sunday, August 26, 2018 New Interpreter MeetUp
Sunday, August 12, 2018 Motorcycle Fundraiser in Santa Cruz
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 RID Region V Conference
Sunday, June 03, 2018 NorCRID Board Meeting
Friday, May 04, 2018 NorCRID Board Meeting
Sunday, April 15, 2018 NorCRID Board Meeting
Saturday, April 14, 2018 NorCRID at Deaf Expo
Sunday, March 18, 2018 NorCRID Board Meeting
Sunday, February 25, 2018 New Interpreter Monthly Meetup
Sunday, February 11, 2018 NorCRID Board Meeting
Sunday, January 28, 2018 New Interpreter Monthly Meetup
Sunday, December 10, 2017 NorCRID Board Meeting
Saturday, November 04, 2017 DNO East Bay- with NorCRID
Friday, November 03, 2017 NorCRID 2017 Annual Conference & Business Meeting
Sunday, October 15, 2017 NorCRID Board Meeting
Sunday, September 17, 2017 NorCRID Board Meeting
Sunday, August 20, 2017 NorCRID Board Meeting
Thursday, July 20, 2017 RID 2017 LEAD Together Conference
Sunday, June 25, 2017 SF Pride wine pour
Sunday, June 11, 2017 NorCRID Board Meeting
Sunday, May 07, 2017 NorCRID Board Meeting
Saturday, May 06, 2017 Mental Health Workshop-Vicarious Trauma w/Sheli Barber
Sunday, April 09, 2017 NorCRID Board Meeting
Sunday, March 19, 2017 NorCRID Board Meeting
Saturday, March 04, 2017 Techniques for Successful Mentoring - Part 1
Sunday, February 19, 2017 NorCRID Board Meeting
Sunday, December 04, 2016 NorCRID Board Meeting
Saturday, November 12, 2016 2016 NorCRID Annual Conference & Business Meeting
Saturday, October 22, 2016 Mental Health Interpreting with Sheli Barber
Friday, October 14, 2016 NorCRID Board Meeting
Saturday, September 17, 2016 Ethics in Interpreting with Anna Witter-Merithew
Friday, September 16, 2016 The Deaf Community and Interpreters: Who is doing the gatekeeping? with Anna Witter-Merithew
Friday, September 16, 2016 NorCRID Board Meeting
Saturday, August 27, 2016 Mathematics in ASL
Sunday, August 07, 2016 Motorcycle Rally and Fundraiser
Saturday, August 06, 2016 NorCRID Board Meeting
Tuesday, July 05, 2016 RID Region V Conference
Saturday, June 18, 2016 POSTPONED- Pro Tactile Workshop with aj granda and Jelica Nuccio
Saturday, June 11, 2016 The "T" in LGBT
Sunday, May 29, 2016 NorCRID Board Meeting
Friday, April 15, 2016 Street Leverage Live
Friday, April 08, 2016 NorCRID Board Meeting
Friday, March 18, 2016 NorCRID Board Meeting
Friday, March 11, 2016 Human Anatomy Part 2 with Nigel Howard
Sunday, March 06, 2016 Town Hall Meeting- Join us to discuss the current state of RID and NAD
Friday, February 12, 2016 NorCRID Board Meeting
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