South Dakota ASL Immersion

South Dakota ASL Immersion

July 17-19, 2018

Augustana Madsen Center

The 2018 South Dakota ASL Immersion event July 17-19, 2018, provides biennial training and development to both professional and pre-professional sign language interpreters in an ASL environment.


The Schedule for the event — Last updated 2/11/18.

Presenter & Workshop Summaries

2018 ASL Immersion Presenter

We proudly announce the 2018 South Dakota ASL Immersion presenter. 

Patrick Fisher, CDI, DLM, ASLTA Master: Patrick comes from several generations of fine artists and actors originating in Europe; he has extensive experience in theatre and art. Patrick has been involved in a variety of artistic positions including artist, performer, director, producer, teacher, Director of Artistic Sign Language, and consultant. In addition, he has participated in a variety of performance positions including storyteller, poet, master of ceremonies, skit leader and comedian both nationally and internationally.

Patrick launched his business in 2005 as a way to provide services to those who want to learn more about theatre through deaf eyes. When not working in the world of theatre, he teaches American Sign Language and deaf studies. Patrick holds certifications as both the ASLTA Master Instructor and RID Certified Deaf Interpreter. He has taught in both the Sign Language Studies Program and Sign Language Interpretation Program in Portland, Oregon and a Deaf Language Model in Anchorage, Alaska.

Patrick has a plethora of awards pertaining to his instruction, performance and directing skills! 

Workshop Summary


A variety of highly qualified Deaf mentors will be working with participants in a 3:1 ratio throughout the entirety of the immersion. The team will work together to select various locations throughout the Sioux Falls area to serve as the authentic learning environment for that day. Mentors will challenge the "mentees" to use various signing techniques to describe scenes, clothing, events, etc. This is a fun and exciting way to experience sign language.


The South Dakota ASL Immersion is designed to provide a rich signing environment to any and all sign language interpreters and students of the profession. This exciting event is an immersion experience not soon forgotten! All participants, presenters and mentors communicate using American Sign Language throughout the entirety of this event. Participants must have a moderately proficient level of communication in ASL. This requirement roughly equates to being a junior in an interpreter training program or having completed ASL IV or above.


The $150 registration fee includes all educational experiences, meals, breaks, housing, materials, evening activities and Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) continuing education units (CEUs). The pricing is set, regardless of your housing preference. The deadline to register is Sunday, July 1, 2018. 

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations prior to Friday, June 1, 2018, will be refunded in full. From June 2-15, 2018, requested cancellations will be refunded at 50%. No cancellations will be refunded after June 16, 2018.


Overnight accommodations are available on campus in Stavig Hall. Although the cost for lodging is built into the registration fee, we do need to know the total number of rooms to reserve. Please complete the registration housing accommodation information. Each room is supplied with linens and toiletries. If dorm life is not your preference, a variety of area hotels are available at


CMP ACET logosTSID is an approved RID CMP Sponsor for Continuing Education Activities. This program is offered for a total of 2.1 CEUs in both GS and PS at the little/none Content Knowledge Level.

Contact Us

If you have questions or need further information about the conference, please contact us.

  • Christa Gunderson
    605.274.4628 (W)
    605.261.7840 (C)
  • Marlee Dyce
    605.274.4629 (W)
    605.261.2868 (C)
  • Augustana Education Department
    2001 S. Summit Avenue
    Sioux Falls, SD 57197

Augustana strives to ensure there is accessibility to activities and programs for people with disabilities. If you require ADA accommodations, please contact Christa Gunderson at least two weeks prior to the conference.