Keynote Speakers for 2017 In-Person Meeting!

We are very pleased to announce that Jason Hurdich (Certified Deaf Interpreter) and Shonna Magee (Deaf Hearing Services Coordinator at the S.C. Association of the Deaf) will be giving the keynote presentation at this year’s meeting.

Jason and Shonna attracted national attention serving as the sign-language interpretation team for S.C. Governor Nikki Haley during Hurricane Matthew.

During their talk, Jason and Shonna will share their experiences during Hurricane Matthew and explore community resilience and the need for reaching the whole community in public information and outreach efforts.

Biographies

Jason Hurdich has instructed college level ASL and interpreting classes since 1993, starting while still working on his BA degree at Boston University. While at Vcom3D, a 3D animation company, Mr. Hurdich has been a significant contributor to the Company’s SigningAvatar technology development, and consults with the staff in issues related to correct ASL usage and Deaf culture issues. Mr. Hurdich attended and received the B.A. degree in Political Science from Boston University in 1997. He has received his masters degree in Sign Language Interpreting from the University of North Florida. Mr. Hurdich has native proficiency in American Sign Language. In 1996, he received the Boston’s Citizen Award: “For Outstanding Contributions Towards the Quality of Life for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Youth; and for Promoting Deaf Awareness in the City of Boston,” Presented by Mayor Thomas M. Menino. He has also been called as a “Rock Star interpreter,” by Her Honorable Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina for his role during Hurricane Matthew in 2016. He is currently a rehabilitation counselor for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals for the South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department (SCVRD) and is a nationally Certified Deaf Interpreter by Registry of Interpreters of the Deaf (RID).

Shonna Magee is the Statewide Coordinator of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Services with the SC Vocational Rehabilitation Department. She has spent over 20 years in the field of deafness as an interpreter, college professor, advocate, and legal consultant. Ms. Magee holds four national interpreting certifications- NIC: Master, Certificate of Interpretation (CI), Certificate of Transliteration (CT), and the Oral Transliterator Certification (OTC). She earned a Bachelor’s degree in interpreting from the University of Cincinnati and will be graduated from USC with her Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling in May of 2017. Ms. Magee is an interpreter instructor hosting seminars nationwide and her national interpreting exam preparation materials are in 8 universities across the country, including Gallaudet University. She was the recipient of the 2015 Community Service Award from the South Carolina Association of the Deaf.

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