2024 San Diego ASL Immersion Conference

  Friday  Saturday   Sunday

9am - 10:30am

Community Room

 Garrett Bose  Jeremy Murphy  Allison Weiner

9am - 10:30am

Sun Room

 Erin Oleson Dickson &

 Shannon Engelhart

 Brad Cohen

 John O'Loughlin:

Workshop 1

10:45am - 12:15pm

Community Room

 Aaron Delgado  Dylan Gardner  Nadmionor Casiano

10:45am - 12:15pm

Sun Room

 Isaiah Moore  Brenna DeBartolo

 John O'Loughlin:

Workshop 2

12:30pm - 1:30pm 


 Lunch  Lunch  Lunch

1:45pm - 3:15pm

Community Room

 Antonia Venesse Guy

 Jon Savage

 Adam Frost

1:45 - 3:15pm

Sun Room

 Eric Gonzalez  Gabrielle Jones  Garrett Bose

* This program may be subject to change *

Workshop and Presenter Information

Garrett Bose:

Garrett Bose is a Deaf ASL professor at San Diego State University. He is passionate about creating sign language educational videos and resources. With a BA in Digital Arts and an MA in Sign Language Education, he is dedicated to keeping ASL education innovative.

Friday topic: In his workshop, "Unboxing the Linguistics of ASL”: Why do some deaf people, including us, sometimes still read captions even when sign language is on the screen? Why is the signing not always understandable? This workshop will explore many ASL linguistic concepts that are often overlooked and not taught to ASL learners. Discussions will cover copulas, prepositions, word order, question structure, some gray areas, and more!

Sunday Topic: "Idiomatic ASL Vocabulary" The workshop will be presenting an exciting list of ASL vocabulary that is based on visual concepts and are not simple to translate into English. 

Erin Oleson Dickson & Shannon Engelhart:

Mastering ASL Etiquette: The Dos and Don'ts of American Sign Language

Workshop description: Join us for an engaging and informative workshop designed to enhance your understanding and proficiency in ASL/ This session will cover the essential dos and don'ts, making sure that you communicate effectively and respectfully with the Deaf and hard of hearing community. Whether you're a beginner or looking to refine your skills, this workshop provides valuable insights Ito the cultural nuances and proper etiquette of ASL.

Aaron Delgado:

Aaron Delgado was born Deaf to two loving hearing parents who learned Signing Exact  English (SEE). Aaron later learned ASL when he was 9 years old in Alaska. He graduated  from Gallaudet University with a B.S. in Mathematics in 2004. Three years later he  graduated from Lamar University with a M.S. in Deaf Education/Deaf Studies in which he  wrote a thesis titled, “The ENects of Multimedia Technology on the Learning of Math Story  Problems of Elementary and Middle School Deaf Students.” After he graduated, he taught American Sign Language (ASL) at a community college in Houston, TX. Many years later, he  taught mathematics courses to hearing and Deaf students at a community college in  Austin, TX. Aaron made a YouTube channel where he uploads videos of himself teaching  math concepts starting with Algebra in ASL in which there are captions and audio as well.

Title: Interpreting the Semantics of Math-Related Subjects 

Course Description: Participants will learn how to interpret ASL signs pertaining to math related subjects, how to better conceptually and accurate translate math-based sentences  or phrases, demonstrate correct translations of phrases and demonstrate concept of  accurate signs for math vocabulary.

Isaiah Moore:

Isaiah Moore is Deaf and a proud San Diego native.  He graduated from Madison High School and played football with the Warhawks team.  In addition, he was the first Deaf graduate from Grossmont College majoring in photography.  Following his family tradition, he then attended San Diego State University and earned a degree in Television, Film, and New Media.  Isaiah goes to the San Diego Comic Con quite frequently because he is a nerd who loves to read comics and meet famous people from TV shows and movies.  He loves traveling the world. He has flown to Iceland, Taiwan, and Japan.  To be honest, he went to Japan three times already because he grew up and loves to watch anime, read manga, and play video games.  To communicate with his friends, Isaiah has learned three additional signed languages from Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea.  Currently, he is working for the San Diego Unified School District as a teacher's aide and specializes in working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing students.

Antonia Venesse Guy:

Antonia Venesse Guy from San Diego, California, is a certified professional evolutionary astrologer and a DeafBlind astrologer with a passion for her work, having devoted 15 years to mastering her craft. In April 2020, amidst the challenges posed by the pandemic, Antonia took a bold step by launching her own astrology business, Astro Woke, creating the online space. Her business offers a range of services including classes, workshops, and consultations, all conducted in sign language to ensure accessibility for the Deaf community. This initiative reflects her deep sense of inclusivity and her desire to make her expertise available to a wider audience. In addition to her astrological work, Antonia offers clairvoyant abilities through 1:1 readings, further sharing her spiritual gifts and dedication to helping others navigate life’s aspects. Antonia Guy’s journey is defined by her dedication to her astrological profession and spiritual journey, her commitment to accessibility, and her vibrant personal interests.

Workshop description:

Astrology is being expanded as one of the popular trends in the Deaf community! This workshop's focus is on interpreting students who want to learn astrology through sign language and apply their zodiac signs for their interpreting skills. And my goal is to develop a strong understanding of astrology in ASL with the support of advanced ASL development for astrology, to make it accessible to the Deaf+ community. Additionally, I will  discuss the distinction between specialized interpreters and generalized interpreters as a Deaf business owner, sharing my experiences since starting my own interpreting program for astrology.

Eric Gonzalez

Eric Gonzalez is an experienced Community Advocate with a passion for making a positive impact in the lives of the Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, Hard of Hearing and Late-Deafened community. He holds a degree in Rehabilitation Services from California State University, Los Angeles. Whether it’s assisting clients in developing healthier life choices or advocating for underserved populations, Eric’s commitment shines through. When he’s not in the office, you’ll find Eric exploring the great outdoor. Recently, he’s taken up seeing as a creative outlet. 

Topic: How to apply for Medi-Cal

Jeremy Murphy:

DCS's Clubhouse Manager 

College:  Gallaudet University '14 

I have been in this field for 4 years all together. I like to understand where people come from and how they become the person they are in the moment. With adding more knowledge and having an optimistic mindset, I am able to see the journey for many clients and the road they decide to take with help from myself and my team . Mental Health is essential to many people in the world. I just want to be remembered as someone who helped people through tough times mentally, physically and emotionally.

Topic: Mental Health

Brad Cohen:


Enhancing ASL Spatial Structuring and Fingerspelling Receptive Skills: Strategies for Improved Proficiency


My name is Brad Cohen, and I am a passionate researcher in the field of language acquisition and language assessment. Currently a doctoral candidate, I have dedicated my studies to exploring the intricacies of American Sign Language (ASL) and its impact on communication and literacy. With a deep understanding of ASL assessment, ASL as secondlanguage acquisition, and ASL literacy, I have published several articles that delve into these topics. What truly excites me is the opportunity to discuss how to enhance ASL spatial structuring and fingerspelling receptive skills. Through my research, I have discovered strategies that can significantly improve proficiency in these crucial areas. By unraveling the complexities of spatial structuring and fingerspelling, I aim to empower individuals to communicate more effectively and express themselves with greater clarity. With a firm belief in the power of ASL as a language and a commitment to advancing our understanding of its nuances, I am dedicated to making a lasting impact in the field. Join me as we explore the fascinating world of ASL, unravel the mysteries of spatial structuring and fingerspelling, and work together to improve proficiency and communication for all.

Dylan Gardner:

Dylan was born deaf and embarked on a transformative journey shaped by his unique experiences. At the age of three, he eagerly absorbed the art of Signing Exact English (SEE) under the nurturing guidance of his mother. Growing up, Dylan attended mainstream schools from kindergarten through twelfth grade, embracing education alongside his hearing peers and few deaf friends.

He graduated from Winthrop University, located in Rock Hill, SC, and set his sights on Washington, DC, to begin his career in business administration and public service. During this time, Dylan immersed himself further into the captivating world of American Sign Language (ASL).

This transformative period of assimilation provided Dylan with invaluable opportunities to evolve his signing style. Inspired by the rich linguistic tapestry that surrounded him, he gradually changed his signing style to Pidgin Signed English (PSE), which is a mixed medium of SEE and ASL. Dylan enjoyed transitioning conversations between SEE and ASL for flexibility and comfort.

Topic: ASL Concepts in Gardening

This workshop is an engaging and educational session designed for ASL learners of all levels. This presentation will cover essential gardening terms, from basic vocabulary for beginners to advanced terminology for use with gardeners and teachers. We will explore ASL concepts in gardening, provide participants with exposure and tools to communicate effectively about plans and gardening techniques.

Brenna DeBartolo:

Brenna DeBartolo is a highly accomplished Deaf artist, entrepreneur, and owner of Forest Souls Tattoo, a Deaf-friendly tattoo studio, a block from the beach in La Jolla, California. With a diverse skill set in graphic design, photography, and tattoo artistry, she has established herself as a prominent figure in the industry. Brenna's passion for environmental activism and her commitment to embracing Deaf culture drive her to create a positive impact through her art and businesses.  

Topic: Join me for an immersive journey through my career trajectory, exploring the vibrant tapestry of Deaf culture intertwined with the evolution of my artistry. In this workshop, I'll share personal anecdotes and pivotal moments that shaped my artistic path, offering insights into the rich history and nuances of Deaf culture that have influenced my work.

From the genesis of my artistic journey to its current evolution, we'll delve into the transformative power of creativity within the Deaf community. Discover the intersection of culture, identity, and expression as we explore the intricate threads of artistry that have woven through my life.

But it's not just about storytelling - get ready for a hands-on experience! Immerse yourself in the language of tattooing as expressed through American Sign Language (ASL). Engage in interactive activities that blend the visual language of ASL with the tactile artistry of tattooing. Whether you're a seasoned artist or simply curious about the fusion of culture and creativity, this workshop offers a unique opportunity to learn, connect, and create.

Jon Savage:

Raised in a household immersed in artistic inspiration, my creative journey began early. From exploring photography and video editing to acting and painting, I've delved into various forms of media. Alongside my advocacy for the Deaf community, I've traveled extensively, educating others on linguistic, social, political, and cultural issues. In 2011, I reignited my artistic aspirations, focusing on contemporary paintings characterized by abstract compositions and vibrant colors, reflecting my personal journey and life experiences.

Workshop Description: "A Deaf artist's Journey"
"Embark on a Deaf artist's journey with 'Sugar Stripe,' a unique book 
that enables ASL students and new interpreters to translate from 
pictures of artwork into handshapes and classifiers. Practice smooth 
motion in ASL while exploring the art. Join us for an interactive 
session that blends artistry and language!"

Gabrielle Jones:

Dr. Gabrielle Jones is an Assistant Teaching Professor at the University of California, San Diego. As a multilingual Deaf European in different signed, spoken, and written languages, she researches the relationship between literacy and languages (signed, spoken, and written), particularly how Deaf Chinese children learn to read. She has published articles about how Deaf Chinese reflect on their literacy experiences, and the Chinese sociocultural context "Nothing about us without us in Deaf education and sign language in China". She is the MA-ASL/English Bilingual Teacher Credential program director, responsible for training bilingual ASL/English student teachers. She teaches courses on ASL/English research and teaching methodologies, cognitive development and education, bilingual education in the US and the world, and the psychology of reading.

Embodying the Visual Vernacular in Storytelling: 

This workshop will review an artistic rendering of Visual vernacular (VV) from a Chinese Deaf poet Zhang Peng who recently passed away and will be analyzed to understand the role of embodied cognition and how the body, mind, and environment are intertwined in the meaning-making process. VV is a literary device used in Deaf communities in conceptualizing story grammar.  We will look at the visual cohesive description of action schemas embedded in space and time sequence and how it is nested in a Chinese socio-historical and sign linguistic context. After the presentation, the participants will practice exercises to enhance perspectives, classifier use, location/space, and time concepts when imitating action-based video clips and images.  

Allison Weiner:

Even though coding is the perfect job for Allison Weiner, it's the outcome of a quarter life crisis. Being a California transplant from the East Coast, it'll come as no surprise that she attended Gallaudet University, where she received her Bachelor's in Accounting. After moving to San Diego and working as an accountant for a few years, she realized it wasn't what she was meant to do. So, she decided to quit her job and study at a computer science boot camp in San Francisco, which turned out to be the best thing she could ever have done. 

Allison has been working as a software engineer at Convo Relay for the past five years. Her expertise and focus is mostly in back end engineering but since she is a voracious learner, she is capable of and enjoys working on other parts of the tech stack such as front end, DevOps & Data Engineering/Analysis.

In hindsight, when Allison thinks back to her childhood and all the HTML/CSS/JavaScript coding she did to make the coolest Myspace & Neopets profiles known to man, she realizes how obvious her career choice should have been all along.

Topic: Signing in tech settings doesn't have to be scary! The tech world might be completely foreign to you, and that's what I'm here for. 

During this workshop, you can expect to learn:

- A variety of tech-related English words and their corresponding ASL signs

- What you should and shouldn't do when interpreting in tech settings

- A typical day in the life of a software engineer

- Whether or not to take tech jobs even if you're not confident with the vocabulary and concepts

I hope to help you gain some insight into what it's like for deaf people who work in this realm and feel less nervous about taking tech jobs - we need you! 

John O'Loughlin:

John  is an avid world traveler who holds a graduate degree in Bilingual Education with an emphasis on American Sign Language and English from UC San Diego. He graduated from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., an only higher education institution that is designated to educate the Deaf and Hard of Hearing pupils. John is a passionate Deaf individual who is a native and fluent user in American Sign Language. He spent significant time studying abroad in Brazil and China to acquire and understand its linguistic and cultural components and the differences of their sign languages. John is enthusiastic about distributing his knowledge and experience regarding badge languages (e.g., Brazilian Sign Language, Universal Sign Language, et cetera) and Deaf Culture through holistic approaches in the classroom. Presently, he is a faculty at Palomar College teaching American Sign Language.

Workshop #1: Government & Parliamentary 101: You can learn about the American political system through American Sign Language. Not only will you learn the related vocabulary and dialogues, but you will also have the opportunity to engage in interactive activities such as translating the Bill of Rights and learning how to run formal meetings using the parliamentary vocabulary in American Sign Language. 

Workshop #2: Financial Literacy 101: You will have the opportunity to develop the basic concept of financial literacy in American Sign Language. After learning the related vocabulary and dialogues, you will have an opportunity to better understand why individuals from Deaf Cultures may be more open to sharing their financial background. We will have a series of activities on how to interpret stocks, ROTH, the accounting table, and basic business/financial operations, using the financial-related signs to better translate the English concepts to American Sign Language. 

Nadmionor Casiano:

Nadmionor Casiano-Berrios was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She became deaf at 2 years old due to a severe illness. However, she has never let her inability to hear interfere with her passion of becoming an Engineer. 

She became the first Latina Deaf woman to graduate with a Bachelor in Aerospace Engineering with a minor in Mathematics from SDSU.

“I have qualities that I believe will benefit others. What I can do now is share and give back to the Deaf community.” Nadmi has now been working as the head of programming for Deaf Kids Code, and provides STEM workshops all over the United States, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. She also works as an Aerospace Engineer.

Topic: "Speak My Language"

Adam Frost:

Adam Frost is an ASL professor at San Diego State University and Mesa Community College. He has an AA in Interpreting, a BA in Deaf Studies, and an MA in ASL Linguistics.

Workshop Description: This workshop will cover in-depth the usage of mouth morphemes.

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