TRUE-BIZ ASL Interpreting Services

Visual Vernacular with Justin Perez

WHAT: Visual Vernacular
WHEN: Tuesday, October 27, 2020 from 6pm to 8pm EST / 3pm to 5pm PST
WHO: For working interpreters and student interpreters; prior knowledge of topic: none
WHERE: Online Zoom (link will be emailed once payment is completed)
CEUs: .2 in Professional Studies (PS)
COST: $30 with CEUs/ACETs or $20 without

Workshop Description
In this interactive workshop, participants will explore and gain exposure to the different tenets of Visual Vernacular. They will be able to convey information visually via an ASL linguistic/storytelling technique and create a deeper connection to the information being presented visually to the Deaf audience.

Educational Objectives
Participants will:
1.   Explain what visual vernacular is
2.   Apply using vocabulary to concept by using facial expression, gestures, mime skills and body language.
3.   Identify labels of feature using visual vernacular
4.   Criticize the visual vernacular
5.   Design their visual vernacular performance
6.   Compare the difference between ASL Storytelling and visual vernacular.

Presenter Biography
Justin Perez was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He was a student at Texas School for the Deaf. He has always been fascinated by American Sign Language (ASL) performance art and storytelling styles. Throughout his teenage years, he had incredibly deep bonds with several of his close friends who also enjoy sharing a variety of ASL stories, and that was where he defined numerous storytelling techniques along with sign language expressions. The more he shared his stories with the public; the more people have asked him to continue sharing his stories.  That was the fuel to his creativity and innovative persona in pushing new ASL performance boundaries and art. He quickly realized this type of work is something he is passionate about, particularly the field of ASL. Justin started receiving offers and opportunities all over the world, including being a Visual Vernacular (VV) teacher at Texas School for the Deaf, the narrator for DeafVerse, ASL tutor at National Technical Institute of the Deaf, ASL model and expert with TRUE+WAY ASL curriculum, and many
more. In 2017, he won the ASL Elements national ASL competition with his fan favorite, a Super Mario Kart story. He ultimately aims to bring his new ASL performance art to the ASL World. Overall, Visual Vernacular is his specialty and favorite performance style!
Justin is available for presentations, workshops, modeling, performing and potential contractual work.


All workshops for TRUE-BIZ ASL are presented in ASL.  This workshop is in conformance with local, state, provincial, and federal statutes regarding disabilities.  Activities and facilities shall be accessible to all individuals.  For accommodations and inquiries, e-mail us at: truebizasl (at)

Refund Policy
NO refunds will be given unless the presenters and/or TRUE-BIZ ASL cancels the workshop.