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How do I host a workshop? 

  • Pick a topic and title for your workshop.
  • Find a location. Look for someone to co-sponsor the event by donating the space for free. Try local schools for the Deaf, colleges with ASL, Deaf Studies, or Interpreting programs, community organizations of the Deaf, Deaf religious organizations, etc.
  • Find someone to process the CEUs - check with your local RID chapter to find someone to work with. Ask if they will waive their fee for processing the paperwork as a donation to the event.
  • Fill out the RID CEU paperwork at least 30 days before the event - work with the approved sponsor to fill out the forms provided (Instructor’s Form and RID Sponsor’s Form).
  • Download and Customize our template flyer to advertise your event - send the word out through your local networks, social media, email blasts, etc.
  • Encourage people who are planning to come to register in advance - see our template registration form with donation instructions attached!


What about food? 

It’s up to you! Can you find someone to sponsor coffee and pastries for the morning? Would you like to encourage participants to brown bag it or bring a dish to pass for a potluck lunch? Are there restaurants nearby where participants can buy their own lunch? Please be sure to clarify on the flyer what participants should expect for refreshments and meals at your workshop!


At the event... 

  • Be sure to have RID CEU sign-in forms and evaluation forms provided by your local CEU provider.
  • Bring a jar or box labeled “Registration Fees/Donations for Discovering Deaf Worlds” to collect donations.
  • Have a folder to collect registration forms along with a handful of blank forms for those who register at the door.
  • After the workshop, mail donations and copies of registration forms to Discovering Deaf Worlds, PO BOX 10063, Rochester, NY 14610.
  • When donations are received, DDW representatives will send a thank you message to all attendees and publicly acknowledge the host/presenter with gratitude in upcoming DDW newsletters.


What if I don’t know how to lead a workshop? 

You have options!

Option #1: Partner with a colleague! Is there an interpreter that you’ve always looked up to? Is there a Deaf instructor you especially love? Ask them to partner with you to co-present a workshop and support Deaf people around the world!

Option #2: Host a DVD viewing! Purchase the DVD, Just a Pair of Hands: The Stories of Lillian Beard from Treehouse Video for $39.95, then A) recruit colleagues to participate and send them an agenda for the DVD viewing (2:45hr length DVD) and follow up discussion; B) print copies of the extensive discussion questions provided by Treehouse Video, C) have participants send their completed discussion questions to Treehouse Video with a check for $10 to earn 1.0 CEU; D) Encourage participants to bring a $40 - $80 donation to the DVD viewing for DDW! Order the DVD here: http://store.treehousevideo.com/?main_page=product_info&cPath=11&products_id=48

Option #3: Work with your local CEU provider to identify legitimate learning activities such as viewing and discussing other DVDs, identifying a series of related articles from Street Leverage to discuss, or practicing a skill together such as sign-to-voice interpreting either with video clips or local Deaf people.


What if I want to support DDW but don’t want to host a workshop?

You can support DDW’s “Monthly Giving Campaign” by pledging a donation of $10 or $20 per month and encouraging others to do the same. Recruit eight friends to commit to a $10 monthly donation for one year - this will amount to roughly the same donation as hosting a workshop fundraiser. Or, of course, you can make a one-time gift to DDW in any amount that fits your means.


Did you know…


A little bit goes a long way, for a long time, and has a lasting impact in the places DDW works. Your participation in this fundraising campaign will make a difference!

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How do I create a flyer?

Here is an example of what you would need for your flyer. You can click here to download the template, which can be filled in electronically using Microsoft Word.