Online Silent Weekend hosted by Western Oregon University

Program Dates: July 31 – August 2, 2020
Program Location: Online at

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Program Description:

If you are looking for worthwhile workshops, great entertainment, and a chance to sharpen your skills, then this immersion experience is for you!  This will be the 11th year of the Silent Weekend. This is a skill development activity over three days, conducted completely in ASL. in 2019, this event brought over 200 participants from Canada and all over the US.


Keynote Speaker:

We are thrilled to announce Ayiu John Wuol as the 2020 ASL Silent Weekend keynote speaker!

Ayiu John Wuol is a Deaf German citizen, he currently lives in Munich Germany. Ayiu has a diverse background of education. He started school in Italy from 1975-1990. After that he went to in Sudan/South Sudan from 1990-1991, he then start school in Egypt at the IT Computer American Oil Trapetco from 1991-1995. In 1995 he went to school in Germany at Education. Ayiu works at Bavaria the Red Cross and Hearing Youths center. He has done many presentations, such as his World Tour, the Multicultural African Tribes and Cultural & Traditions. For his world tour, Ayiu has visited 81 countries and all 4 continents. He is best known for his Facebook and YouTube videos. In the videos, he finds a hearing person or group of hearing people who don’t know a sign language and communicate with them. His other videos involve him describing and explaining different kinds of animals.

Workshops Offered:

Attendees can choose between professional development workshops centered around interpreters or aspiring interpreters or workshops focused on ASL linguistics and ASL skill improvement.

Some of our 2020 workshop offerings are:

  • The Fine Art of Music Interpreting
  • ASL Classifiers: Intermediate Level
  • Diabetes: Don’t Sugar Coat it!
  • Scope of Black Deaf Culture
  • See what I am Fingerspelling?!
  • Getting Your Freelance Ducks in a Row
  • Educational Interpreting: A role so much more than Reading Writing and Arithmetic
  • Ethical Decision Making: Do You Remember Why You’re Here?
  • Building Relationships and Understanding Ethics in Educational Interpreting
  • Leaf: Poetry, Storytelling, & the ‘5’ Handshape
  • and many more!

Submit to Present a Workshop:

Call for the presenter(s) is NOW OPEN. We are still accepting proposals as we have a few slots available.
Priority is given to those who submit as early as possible. Both ASL-themed and interpreter professional development workshops will be accepted.


We are inviting sponsorship from industries, businesses, and government agencies including the leading players in Video Relay Services (VRS), Video Remote Interpreting (VRI), and Multi-Language Interpreting agencies. Various levels of sponsorship are possible. Based on the sponsorship level, sponsors will have access to opportunities for advertising and/or showcasing their products or services, making presentations, as well as a number of free registrations to the Conference. Click here to learn more information on how to become a Silent Weekend 2020 Sponsor.


Program Cost:

Before April 1st: $150 (Students/ORID Members: $130) – CLOSED

Before June 1st: $180 (Students/ORID Members: $160
Before July 1st: $210 (Students/ORID Members: $200)
After July 1st: $250 for all

We are anticipating our attendees will have up to 20 workshop hours, the tentative schedule will be from 8am to 7:30pm on Friday, 9am to 9pm on Saturday, and 9am to 12pm on Sunday.

Program Book

The last year’s program book is available online. The 2020 program book will be available in the Whova conference app here.

Who Should Register:


Everyone! Deaf community members, ASL students, interpreting students, pre-certified and certified interpreters, ASL teachers and interpreter educators.


CEUs: This ASL Immersion Silent Weekend is pending for approximately 1.9 CEUs by BEI through Texas DHHS and Oregon Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, pending for approval RID CMP Sponsor for continuing education activities.


Pre-requisites: Recommended ASL fluency at 2 years or more of study.


Disclaimers: WOU promotes an environment (online or not) of mutual respect free of discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation, race, religion or any other protected class.


Refund Policy: The ASL Silent Weekend registration purchases are non-transferable. The registration fee will not be refundable after July 1, 2020. Refund requests must be submitted in writing before that date. Please note: a $20 administrative fee will be assessed for any refund processed.


Accommodation Request: If you have a disability that requires some accommodation in order to participate in a Western Oregon University activity, please notify the Office of Disability Services at 503.838.8250 or at least 72 hours in advance.


Questions? Contact the Director: Chad A. Ludwig or call 503-468-5724.