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Foundations of ProTactile Training

  • 01/27/2018
  • 01/28/2018
  • 2 sessions
  • 01/27/2018, 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • 01/28/2018, 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness


  • For participation on Sunday (Day 2) only.
    Full participation and RID CEU credit.
    For hearing or Deaf interpreter or SSP training.
    Note: Participants will assist in supporting DeafBlind participants upon arrival, during breaks, lunch and departure as needed.
  • For participation on Sunday (Day 2) only.
    Observation only. Does not include hands-on participation and does not include RID CEUs.

    Note: Participants will assist in supporting DeafBlind participants upon arrival, during breaks, lunch and departure as needed.

Registration is closed



Southern California Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

and Southern California Association of DeafBlind


Foundation of ProTactile

Presenter: Jelica Nuccio and Hayley Broadway

January 27th - DeafBlind Individuals Only

January 28th - Interpreters and SSPs (with DeafBlind participants returning at 1:30 pm)

(RID 0.675 PS CEUs)

This workshop will focus on the perspective of the DeafBlind way in our community. Various techniques of backchanneling will be illustrated with a focus on how visual information is transmitted tactually.

Educational Objectives:

1. Participants will develop the ability to backchannel in a DeafBlind way by interpreting tactually on the leg, arm or back of the DeafBlind person they are interpreting with.

2. Upon completion of this workshop participants will be capable of defining two essential differences between visual ASL and Protactile ASL to show respect for DeafBlind autonomy. Participants will be able to define the difference between Protactile ASL classifiers and visual ASL classifiers as well as be able to demonstrate the difference between visual mapping in ASL versus visual mapping in Protactile ASL using the principles of contact space.

3. Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to recognize why Protactile interpreting compliments the DeafBlind way as well as identify Protactile boundaries demonstrated and discussed throughout this workshop. 

CEUs are sponsored by OhSoEZ, an approved RID CMP Sponsor

Presenter Biographies

Jelica Nuccio:

Nuccio originally from Croatia, lives in Seattle and has been very active in the DeafBlind community since she moved from Atlanta, Georgia in 1997.  Jelica was the first Deaf-Blind Director of the Seattle Deaf-Blind Service Center (DBSC) and also a co-author of a curriculum for DeafBlind people getting the most out of their Support Service Providers (SSP).   She is currently the founder of Tactile Communications which is the training center based on ProTactile philosophy and DeafBlind Education.  Prior to this work, Jelica worked variously as a research coordinator, advocate and job-developer.  Jelica has a B.A. in Biology from RIT in Rochester, and an M.A. in Public Health from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.  For the past 25 years, she has been active in the local and national DeafBlind communities.

Hayley Broadway:

Hayley Broadway (Foster) is a ProTactile consultant and trainer that resides in Austin, Texas with her two children. She is a graduate of Texas State University and holds a bachelors degree in special education, magna cum laude. She completed training at Tactile Communications (TC) in Seattle, Washington, a DeafBlind training center founded by one of the leading DeafBlind specialists. She was a part of the TC curriculum development team, and she is currently one of the trainers for TC. Identifying as DeafBlind, she is a very passionate advocate for the DeafBlind community, and educates on topic covering DeafBlind, DeafBlind Interpreting, and ProTactile. Hayley has given ProTactile Workshops in Austin, Texas and Rochester, New York. She currently is working with Travis County Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in developing Texas’ first ever paid Support Services Program (SSP).

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This workshop will be presented in American Sign Language.  No voice interpretation will be provided. 

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Mission Statement
SCRID is an affiliate chapter of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID).  It is the mission of Southern California Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf to provide local forums and an organizational structure for the continued growth and development of the professions of interpretation and transliteration of American Sign Language and English.

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