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Trix's Discoveries: Evolving from Old to New Signs

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Date: Saturday, November 5th, 2016

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Mayo Clinic Hospital, Maycrest Auditorium, 2nd Floor

700 West Avenue South, Lacrosse, WI 54601


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Trix Bruce: Professional Development

Join us and be captivated by Trix's sign artistry, sheer elegance, and irresistible, smile-sparking humor. Trix helps you have fun enhancing your signing skills and interpreting knowledge, keeping you up-to-date in your profession.


November 4, 2016 ~ Friday
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Non-Manual Signals: ASL Markers (NEW!)

This workshop has a focus on non-manual signals, which are not distinctive "hand signs" yet are essential language morphemes. Interpreters will analyze and apply these grammatical markers, which involve eye and head movements, facial movements and body postures rather than the use of "signs" as distinct lexical elements. Video clips and discussion will increase interpreters' confidence in the use of non-manual markers (non-manual morphemes). (0.4 RID CEUs available)


November 5, 2016 ~ Saturday
8:30 am – 5:00 pm Trix’s Discoveries: Evolving from Old to New Signs (NEW!)

This workshop will give you plenty of examples of old, obsolete signs that you may want to eliminate from your repertoire, and new, modern-day representations. Through the years, Trix has spent a vast amount of time mentoring interpreters. She noticed that a lot of interpreters continue to use outdated signs without thinking about changes and signs that represent what we actually use right now; Trix has put together a fascinating workshop offering updated signs.

If we use outdated signs, how do we expect Deaf students to grasp the ideas we are trying to convey? We will have demonstrations showing outdated signs and current signs. This information has been gleaned from various schools. There will be several opportunities for hands-on practice. We'll share some sign bloopers that easily cause misunderstanding, and we'll work on how to target the true meaning of certain expressions.

It's amazing how so many signs have evolved! Take advantage of this opportunity to nostalgically remember old-time signing and to become more aware of present-day signs. (0.7 RID CEUs available)


November 5, 2016 Mentoring Services Available
Your own private Mentor!

As your mentor, Trix will focus on you, providing individualized feedback and instruction in English/ASL translation and Deaf culture. Under the direction of an expert instructor, your skills will soar! Email for an appointment. We can meet at either a coffee shop, or in a hotel lobby. Mentor appointments are not included the workshop registration. There is a separate fee for a mentor appointment, (RID CEUs and BEI available!)


Registration Fees

Friday Workshop Only
$50 per participant/per workshop, postmarked by September 8, 2016
$65 at door

Saturday Workshop Only
$80 per participant/per workshop, postmarked by September 8, 2016
$95 at door

Special Discounted BOTH Workshops
$120 per participant, postmarked by postmarked by September 8, 2016

Limited Seating – Registration Open on a First Come, First Serve basis

Send payment and registration form to: PayPal accepted; checks accepted - please make checks payable to Trix Bruce and send to: Trix Bruce, 1429 D Ave PMB 362, Snohomish, WA 98290

School Purchase Order/W9 request/ There is an additional charge for school purchase orders requiring paperwork.

Please RSVP with payment. This will confirm your place in the workshop. Contact:



Trix Bruce is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for Continuing Education Activities. This Professional Studies program is offered for all workshops: 0.4 for ASL Markers & 0.7 Old to New Signs at the Little/No to Some Content Knowledge Level. Both workshops are 1.1 CEUs.



Handouts will be provided. The workshop will be presented in ASL. There will be a Door Prize ! For details on refunds, cancellations, and special accommodations policies, please send an email to

My workshops benefit participants at all levels. Countless advanced interpreters have let me know that they enjoyed learning updated/new signs that they haven’t seen before, such as regional accents. They also loved it when I explained how to sign messages into ASL, rather than just signing in English word by word. Interpreters appreciate that my workshops are excellent for review as well as for discovering new things that apply within the professional work environment. Students also mentioned that my workshops helped them to understand how to approach their own projects, research, and practice more effectively.



Patricia (Trix) Bruce, from Seattle, Washington, is known nationwide as both a workshop presenter and an American Sign Language performer. Trix's work has been warmly received everywhere, from local community centers, to state, regional and national conferences, Deaf Way II, interpreter conventions and more. Wildly popular as a teacher of ASL storytelling and ASL interpretation, Trix impresses audiences at all levels of ASL skill, from novices to fluent experts. Trix has been profoundly deaf since she was 6 months old. She went through oral, mainstreaming, deaf classes, and online educational programs. Trix has been involved in the performing arts since 1980. After completing her college program, she became involved with interpreter training. Trix's main area of study has been ASL Linguistics with a focus on ASL Performance. She has developed a popular website: Whether writing, creating, improvising or starring in her many productions, Trix's passion for the dramatic arts shines through.


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