Conference 2021 goes virtual!

Hello, OKRID!
It’s D’Andra Parsons, with a brief update on the conference. As you know, we recently conducted a survey to get your feedback on our options. The board reviewed the survey results and came up with a final decision, which we hope is the best of all our options. The in person conference for January 15-17 is cancelled. While some members were comfortable attending, several were either not, or unsure. We have been in the process of contacting presenters to request they present virtually throughout 2021. Most have already agreed, and we are in the process of securing dates. As soon as we do that, we’ll post them so you can save them on your calendar. The workshops will be priced individually, with member prices at a discount compared to non-members. If OAD hosts their conference in person, OKRID will sponsor workshops and ensure that CEUs are available. We very much want to see interpreters involved and supporting the OAD conference. Regarding the hotel, we are in the process of contacting them to see if we can secure dates for summer 2022. Nothing has been finalized on that end yet, and we will let you know as soon as we do.

Remember, our business meeting is October 3. We start the morning with a workshop I am teaching from 9-11am titled, “The Gift of Feedback: Did you happen to keep the receipt?” It will focus on our ability to primarily receive feedback, and the concepts are applicable to our professional and personal lives- work, family, church, and other relationships all include feedback. Once that’s over, we’ll break and then jump into our business meeting on a separate Zoom link. We’ll be conferring awards and scholarships at the meeting, and those nominations/applications close TODAY at midnight. The forms are simple, so get them turned in if you’ve been procrastinating. They don’t take long. Be well and thank you for your time!

On behalf of the OKRID Board, please stay safe and be well, until we can all be together again!
Mark the following dates on your calendar:

OKRID Annual Meeting and workshop: Oct 3, via Zoom
OKRID Conference 2021 – Virtual platform via Zoom
OAD Conference 2021 – summer TBA
For information on refunds, or any conference questions, contact:, or D’Andra Parsons at

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