Online Silent Weekend hosted by Western Oregon University

Program Dates: July 25 – 31, 2021 (NEW!)

Due to several factors, the 11th Annual ASL Silent Weekend, originally scheduled to take place July 31-August 2, 2020 is being rescheduled to the summer of 2021. The conference will take place completely online.

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 online immersion experience is for you!  This will be the 11th year of the Silent Weekend. This is a skill development activity over a week, conducted completely in ASL. In 2019, this event hosted over 200 participants from across the United States and Canada.


Keynote Speaker:

We are thrilled to announce Ayiu John Wuol as the 2021 ASL Silent Weekend keynote speaker!

Ayiu John Wuol is a Deaf German citizen, currently living in Munich Germany. Ayiu has a diverse background in education.  He first attended school in Italy from 1975-1990.  After that, he travelled to Sudan/South Sudan in 1990-1991. From 1991 to 1995, he went to school in Egypt at the IT Computer American Oil Trapetco.  Following that, he attended school in Germany for Education.  Ayiu currently works at the Bavaria Red Cross and Hearing Youths center. He has done many presentations, including his World Tour, and the Multicultural African Tribes and Cultural & Traditions. During his World Tour, Ayiu has visited 81 countries and 4 different continents. He is best known for his Facebook and YouTube videos. In these videos, he finds a hearing person or a group of people who don’t know sign language and communicates 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 and aspiring interpreters, or workshops focused on ASL linguistics and ASL skill improvement.

Some of our 2021 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, and 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 2021 Sponsor.

Program Cost:

Before Jan 1, 2021: $139 (Students: $109) – not open yet
After Jan 1, 2021: $159 (Students: $129)
After March 1, 2021: $179 (Students: $149)
After April 1, 2021: $199 (Students: $169)
After May 1, 2021: $219 (Students: $189)
After June 1, 2021: $239 (Students: $209)
After July 1st: $250 for all

If you are registering as a student, please send a proof of status of Spring, Summer or Fall 2021 enrollment from ANY school. If you are registering as an ORID Member, please send a proof of ORID current membership card or email payment receipt from ORID. Please send the proof to or WOU Silent Weekend, 345 N. Monmouth Ave., Monmouth, OR 97361.

The tentative 2021 schedule will be from 11am to 2pm (PST) on Sunday, July 25th to Saturday, July 31st.  We anticipate our attendees willhave up to 21 workshop hours.

Timezone7-10pm (HST) / 9-12pm (AKDT) / 11-2pm (PST) / 12-3pm (MST) / 1-4pm (CST) / 2-5pm (EST) 

REGISTRATION – (The registration is on HOLD)

Program Book
The 2019 program book is available online. The 2021 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 General/Professional Studies program is approved for approximately 2.10 CEUs by BEI through Texas DHHS and the Oregon Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, an 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. Registration fees will not be refundable after June 25, 2021. 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.