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Friday Schedule

2:00 pm
2:30 pm
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3:30 pm
4:00 pm
4:30 pm
5:00 pm
5:30 pm
6:00 pm
6:30 pm
7:00 pm
7:30 pm
8:00 pm
8:30 pm
9:00 pm
9:30 pm
10:00 pm
The Opening Ceremony
The Opening Ceremony
Satellite Registration
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Satellite Registration: Homewood Suites/Mariott Hotel/Fairfield Inn

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Meet & Greet Social
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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Main Conference Registration
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Opening Ceremony
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
For Full Registrants Only

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The Elite Comdy Show Featuring Wink!
8:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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The Refreshment Lounge
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Take a Break!

Feel Free to stop by the Refreshment Lounge when you need a quick snack to recharge for your next workshop.

The Bazarr
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Hall Memorial Building Atrium/Sorenson Language and Communication Center Atrium

The Elevation Conference will be held in two locations: - Hall Memorial Building Atrium - Sorenson Language and Communication Center Atrium

Saturday Schedule

8:00 am
8:30 am
9:00 am
9:30 am
10:00 am
10:30 am
11:00 am
11:30 am
12:00 pm
12:30 pm
1:00 pm
1:30 pm
2:00 pm
2:30 pm
3:00 pm
3:30 pm
4:00 pm
4:30 pm
5:00 pm
5:30 pm
6:00 pm
6:30 pm
7:00 pm
7:30 pm
8:00 pm
8:30 pm
9:00 pm
9:30 pm
10:00 pm
Non Workshop Activities
Non Workshop Activities
Vendor Bazaar
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Hall Memorial Building Atrium/Sorenson Language and Communication Center Atrium

The Elevation Conference will be held in two locations: - Hall Memorial Building Atrium - Sorenson Language and Communication Center Atrium

Elevation Showcase
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Doors Open at 7am

Showcase Starts at 7:30pm

Advanced Interpreters Track
Advanced Interpreters Track
Morning Keynote Speaker
8:00 am - 9:00 am
For Full Registrants Only

For Full Registrants Only

Morning Keynote Speaker
8:00 am - 9:00 am
For Full Registrants Only

For Full Registrants Only

Morning Keynote Speaker
8:00 am - 9:00 am
For Full Registrants Only

For Full Registrants Only

Morning Keynote Speaker
8:00 am - 9:00 am
For Full Registrants Only

For Full Registrants Only

Minarets & Mecca & Mosques, Oh My!
9:15 am - 11:15 am
Presented by: Cheryl Ringel & Mallerie Shirley

Minarets & Mecca & Mosques, Oh My! Interpreting for the World's 2nd Largest Religion

Presented By: Cheryl Ringel & Mallerie Shirley

Location: Hall Memorial Building

Workshop Description:
If you are curious about interpreting in this specialized setting, come ready to have some fun! This workshop includes a variety of activities and general information about Islam, and Muslim culture.

The workshop will also cover some of the basic terminology that goes along with interpreting in Muslim settings. Through a variety of activities, we will: learn about Islam and what it means to be a Muslim; look at what nationalities make up this diverse community; discuss the variety of language needs in this community; and learn some of the basic signs accepted across the Muslim deaf community.

We will also examine the difficulties that arise when interpreting for a culture and religion different from your own, using the NAD-RID Code of Professional Conduct as a backdrop for this analysis. At the end of the session there will be information provided on how to get started interpreting in this specialized setting.

Mitzvot, Shabbat, L'chaim!: How Do I Interpret That?
9:15 am - 11:15 am
Presented By: Sarah Blattberg

Mitzvot, Shabbat, L'chaim!: How Do I Interpret That?

Presented By: Sarah Blattberg

Location: Hall Memorial Building

Workshop Description:
Religious interpreting repertoire. Feel confident that you can cover Jewish speakers at an interfaith event. This hands-on, practical workshop--bring your smartphone or tablet--will help you convey the right spirit in your interpretation even when you don't know exactly what's being said in Hebrew. Come learn in ASL the six-word phrase that starts almost every Jewish blessing and leave prepared with knowledge of where to find out more.

Educational Objectives:
Participants will be able to formulate appropriate questions to guide their preparation for potentially interpreting Jewish assignments. Participants will be able to interpret the six-word phrase that begins almost all Jewish blessings.

Participants will be able to name the four main branches of Judaism practiced in the US, as well as the major Jewish holidays.

Afternoon Keynote Speaker
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
For Full Registrants Only

For Full Registrants Only

Making the English Tangible
1:15 pm - 3:15 pm
Presented By: Windell "Wink" Smith, Jr.

Making the English Tangible

Presented By: Windell "Wink" Smith, Jr.

Location: Hall Memorial Building

Workshop Description:
Have you ever received feedback that you should “show” more, and “tell” less? This is excellent advice, but a bit hard to follow without further explanation. This workshop applies visual-spatial techniques in order to better produce visual language. ASL has more than simple lexical signs and fingerspelling, which make up the “tell” options. Some of the “show” options come in the form of depiction. Depiction includes depicting verbs, surrogation, partitioning, and blending, among other things. Using these aspects of ASL, interpreters can create clear and powerful ASL messages that create a bridge between consumers. This framework takes English and makes it tangible.

*Presented in ASL*

Deliberate Practice, How?
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Presented By: Windell "Wink" Smith, Jr.

Deliberate Practice, How?

Presented By: Windell "Wink" Smith, Jr.

Location: Hall Memorial Building

Workshop Description:
What does it take to become an expert? Passively listening to a lecture, reading a skill development book, and watching vlogs will not transform that practitioner into an expert, nor will working eighty hours a week. The key is to incorporate deliberate practice: identify a narrow goal, and practice that skill unit until it is mastered. Wink brings research from Simon and Chase, Ericsson, and Bloom to sign language interpreters to forever dispel the myth that mastery is unattainable. This workshop breaks down how participants can analyze and identify their own goals for practice, demonstrates how to deliberately practice discrete linguistic aspects, and provides an opportunity to begin this process.

*Presented in ASL*

Elevation Showcase
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Doors Open at 7am

Showcase Starts at 7:30pm

Novice Interpreters Track
Novice Interpreters Track
Morning Keynote Speaker
8:00 am - 9:00 am
For Full Registrants Only

For Full Registrants Only

Catholic Interpreting with Passion and Purpose
9:15 am - 11:15 am
Presented by: Sue Gudenkauf

Catholic Interpreting with Passion and Purpose

Presented By: Sue Gudenkauf

Location: Hall Memorial Building

Workshop Description:
The purpose of this workshop is to a brief history and beauty of the Catholic Mass, the challenges of interpreting the Mass - Frozen Text & Sacred Scripture, and etiquette for interpreters in this setting.

The Catholic Mass can be a daunting environment to walk into to interpret if one is not familiar with the reason behind the ritual. The paralinguistic and environmental demands are high, often leaving interpreters feeling limited in what controls to utilize. This workshop will provide some background for the purpose of why Catholics do what they do in the Catholic Mass with a brief look at its origins, and address the challenges of interpreting both frozen texts and Sacred Scripture.

We will also explore appropriate etiquette for interpreters in this setting taking into account attitude and presence. This setting, like most interpreting settings, require not just the technical skills of fluency in ASL, but also the soft skills of how the interpreter's presence affects the work and the Deaf community's experience of prayer.

Stretchercises For The Working Interpreter
9:15 am - 11:15 am
Presented by: Moira Sweeney

Stretchercises For The Working Interpreter

Presented By: Moira Sweeney

Location: Hall Memorial Building

Workshop Description:
Learning Objectives:
• Identify personal risk factors and behaviors that contribute to RMI (Repetitive Motion Injury)
• Physically demonstrate strategies to effectively reduce work-related stress
• Practice new techniques of stretching and relaxing “interpreter muscles” Goal
• Develop both short and long-term techniques to improve performance on the job

Skill Level:
Little Workshop is offered in spoken English. No yoga experience is necessary. Participants should be currently working as interpreters using American Sign Language.

Metaphysics
9:15 am - 11:15 am
Presented by: Dr. Raymont Anderson

Metaphysics

Presented By: Dr. Raymont Anderson

Location: Hall Memorial Building

Workshop Description:
This workshop will present an introduction to the philosophy or spiritual path and practice commonly referred to as "New Thought" or Metaphysics or Metaphysical Christianity.

It will briefly cover the history and formation of this tradition, the ancient wisdom connection to transcendentalism, Hermeticism, Gnosticism, and many other much older philosophies and teachings, the 3 primary “denominations” (Unity, Divine Science, Religious Science), and a more in-depth discussion on what being a practitioner of this means in terms of beliefs, teachings, and benefits.

Lastly, Dr. Anderson will discuss the relevance of this teaching to the attendees and how the need for interpreters in Unity churches and Centers for Spiritual Living is becoming a growing need.

Afternoon Keynote Speaker
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
For Full Registrants Only

For Full Registrants Only

Hands Up! Ready! Sign!
1:15 pm - 3:15 pm
Presented by: Dr. Dominique Evans

Hands Up! Ready! Sign!

Presented By: Dr. Dominique Evans

Location: Hall Memorial Building

Workshop Description:
The purpose of this workshop is to introduce, inform, and engage the participant in a dialogue of the importance of ongoing study, training, and development of an ASL signer/interpreter in a religious environment. The participant will engage in group activities, class discussions, and a comprehensive lecture relating to understanding how to interpret Scriptures and sacred song. The appropriateness & etiquette of signing/interpreting for a worship experience, as well as the topics of Deaf ministry development and outreach will be included in the session.

Religious Interpreting is more than learning and mastering the skill of American Sign Language. Is the ultimate goal of the interpreter any different than in any other environment? Is a person’s soul more important than their, mind or body? There are many variables to consider for the interpreter and the Deaf audience. For example: Is this my job? Is this a ministry? If so, then who is responsible for leadership building and or interpreting training? Does one need to become a minister to offer this service, or even a member of the church or religious denomination? Ethically where is the boundary line and who provides ongoing biblical study and accountability? If one is a member of the congregation, should they get paid? In some cases many there are things to consider and once the signer/interpreter is ready to SIGN…. then who will support their ongoing education and empowerment? What is required from the Deaf recipient? What are the requirements and when and who determines readiness?

These topics and others will be discussed throughout the comprehensive session.

I Couldn't Have Said It Better: Learning Voicing Techniques
1:15 pm - 3:15 pm
Presented by: Nayte Paxton

I Couldn't Have Said It Better: Learning Voicing Techniques By the Master

Presented By: Nayte Paxton

Location: Hall Memorial Building

Workshop Description:
This workshop will provide practical tools ‎and techniques that will help propel voicing skills for the experienced as well as the novice interpreter. The lecture utilizes voice interpreting for the performing arts as a platform to highlight necessary elements of voice interpreting that can be utilized in just about every interpreting situation. Participant interaction, role-playing, and group demonstrations makes this workshop an invaluable presentation for helping interpreters, both advanced and beginners, incorporate tools that will enhance their voice interpreting skills.

Deliberate Practice, How?
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Presented By: Windell "Wink" Smith, Jr.

Deliberate Practice, How?

Presented By: Windell "Wink" Smith, Jr.

Location: Hall Memorial Building

Workshop Description:
What does it take to become an expert? Passively listening to a lecture, reading a skill development book, and watching vlogs will not transform that practitioner into an expert, nor will working eighty hours a week. The key is to incorporate deliberate practice: identify a narrow goal, and practice that skill unit until it is mastered. Wink brings research from Simon and Chase, Ericsson, and Bloom to sign language interpreters to forever dispel the myth that mastery is unattainable. This workshop breaks down how participants can analyze and identify their own goals for practice, demonstrates how to deliberately practice discrete linguistic aspects, and provides an opportunity to begin this process.

*Presented in ASL*

Elevation Showcase
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Doors Open at 7am

Showcase Starts at 7:30pm

Deaf Community Members' Track
Deaf Community Members' Track
Morning Keynote Speaker
8:00 am - 9:00 am
For Full Registrants Only

For Full Registrants Only

Deaf Diaspora: Part One
9:15 am - 11:15 am
Presented by: Dr. Gabriel Love

Deaf Diaspora: Part One

Presented By: Dr. Gabriel Love

Location: Hall Memorial Building

Workshop Description:
This workshop will describe the 10 defining traits from two eras in Deaf ministry during the final decades of the 20th century. Recommendations will also be provided for effective and sustainable Deaf ministry.

Learning objectives:
* Participants will be introduced to changes in the deaf ministries and will gain knowledge on trends in the deaf ministries occurring during these periods.
* Participants will identify and contrast eras and how they differ from present ministries in the 21st century.
* Participants will examine future recommendations related to how to provide for effective and sustainable Deaf ministry programs.

Afternoon Keynote Speaker
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
For Full Registrants Only

For Full Registrants Only

Deaf Ministry: Do You Know What Is Involved?
1:15 pm - 3:15 pm
Presented by: Fred Beam

Deaf Ministry: Do You Know What Is Involved?

Presented By: Fred Beam

Location: Hall Memorial Building

Workshop Description:
Many Churches have what is called Deaf Ministry. The definition of Deaf Ministry has been blurred. Its purpose and the way it was handled changed. This workshop will clear the misconceptions of what a Deaf Ministry is. ‘Do You Know What is Involved’ will define and explain three levels of Ministry in Deaf Community, and its purposes. This is an interactive workshops that will include audience participation.

It is for everyone.

Deaf Diaspora: Part Two
1:15 pm - 3:15 pm
Presented by: Dr. Gabriel Love

Deaf Diaspora: Part Two

Presented By: Dr. Gabriel Love

Location: Hall Memorial Building

Workshop Description:
This workshop will describe the 10 defining traits from two eras in Deaf ministry during the final decades of the 20th century. Recommendations will also be provided for effective and sustainable Deaf ministry.

Learning objectives:
* Participants will be introduced to changes in the deaf ministries and will gain knowledge on trends in the deaf ministries occurring during these periods.
* Participants will identify and contrast eras and how they differ from present ministries in the 21st century.
* Participants will examine future recommendations related to how to provide for effective and sustainable Deaf ministry programs.

Cultural Access Through a Civil Rights Lens
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Presented by: Betty Siegal

Cultural Access Through a Civil Rights Lens

Presented By: Betty Siegel

Location: Hall Memorial Building

Workshop Description:
Several significant pieces of federal legislation and accompanying regulation have impacted the ways in which people with disabilities, as well as those who are Deaf or have experienced hearing loss, are accommodated and included in society at large. This extends to the inclusion in cultural settings. This session will take a very interactive approach to understanding five of pieces of federal legislation, the rights and obligations conferred by each in accessing theaters, museums, libraries and other places of public accommodation.

Rise and Struggle of Deaf Musicians in the Industry
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Presented by: Warren "Wawa" Snipe

Rise and Struggle of Deaf Musicians in the Industry & How You Can Help
Details Coming Soon...

Elevation Showcase
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Doors Open at 7am

Showcase Starts at 7:30pm

Spiritual/Religious Leaders Track
Spiritual/Religious Leaders Track
Morning Keynote Speaker
8:00 am - 9:00 am
For Full Registrants Only

For Full Registrants Only

God and The Americans with Disabilities Act!
9:15 am - 11:15 am
Presented by: Carolyn Jackson, Esq

God and The Americans with Disabilities Act!

Presented By: Carolyn Jackson, Esq

Location: Hall Memorial Building

Workshop Description:
What are your rights in your place of worship? Does your church provide an interpreter? Does your synagogue provide CART? Does your temple give equal opportunities for work and promotions to its deaf employees? Are they required by law to provide such services? This presentation will cover the ADA and other disability accommodations laws, with special emphasis on how they apply to religious settings, such as churches, temples, and synagogues. The ADA applies differently to religious entities than it does to other public venues. This presentation will explain your rights not only as a person attending worship, but also as an employee of a religious institution.

Afternoon Keynote Speaker
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
For Full Registrants Only

For Full Registrants Only

Deception: A Survivor's Story
1:15 pm - 3:15 pm
Presented by: Debbie Myers

Deception: A Survivor's Story

Presented By: Debbie Myers

Location: Hall Memorial Building

Workshop Description:
A survivor of educator sexual abuse, Deb shares her journey prior to, during, and after the abuse, offering a unique perspective for the participants to gain empathy toward survivors who have experienced similar trauma.

Rise and Struggle of Deaf Musicians in the Industry
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Presented by: Warren "Wawa" Snipe

Rise and Struggle of Deaf Musicians in the Industry & How You Can Help
Details Coming Soon...

Intersectionality: A Scholarly Discussion
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Panelist Discussion

Intersectionality: A Scholarly Discussion

Topic:
We will embark on what the role of interpreters in the deaf and hearing community is as advocates and committed sharers of Deaf history, contemporary issues and the intersectionality of those elements with hearing issues. The focus would be on forging collaborations with hearing groups to strengthen and enhance the ability to lobby and push for more positive policy changes, and communities of color. Conversely we will introduce social, political and educational issues so that individuals in this category will understand the tools necessary to become more of a dynamic interpreter in religious and spiritual settings, or the intersectionality of interpreting religious or spiritual content in the average work day.

Following the lead-in presentation, we will engage in a pointed discussion amongst scholar interpreters on said subject to empower and enlighten the audience with.

Presenter & Moderator:
Dr. Sandra Jowers-Barber

Distinguished Panelists:
Dr. Corey Haley
Dr. Paula Langford
Dr. Risa Shariff

Elevation Showcase
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Doors Open at 7am

Showcase Starts at 7:30pm

Saturday Schedule

Sunday Schedule

8:00 am
8:30 am
9:00 am
9:30 am
10:00 am
10:30 am
11:00 am
11:30 am
12:00 pm
12:30 pm
1:00 pm
All Tracks
All Tracks
Black Deaf Souls Matter - Can I Get An Amen?
8:30 am - 10:30 am
Presented by: Dr. Risa Shariff

Black Deaf Souls Matter - Can I Get An Amen? Sermonic Interpretation in the African American Church

Presented By: Dr. Risa Shariff

Location: Sorenson Language and Communication Center

Workshop Description:
If you are curious about interpreting in this specialized setting, come ready to have some fun! This workshop includes a variety of activities and general information about Islam, and Muslim culture.

The workshop will also cover some of the basic terminology that goes along with interpreting in Muslim settings. Through a variety of activities, we will: learn about Islam and what it means to be a Muslim; look at what nationalities make up this diverse community; discuss the variety of language needs in this community; and learn some of the basic signs accepted across the Muslim deaf community.

We will also examine the difficulties that arise when interpreting for a culture and religion different from your own, using the NAD-RID Code of Professional Conduct as a backdrop for this analysis. At the end of the session there will be information provided on how to get started interpreting in this specialized setting.

Understanding The Difference Between Communication vs Connection..
10:45 am - 12:45 pm
Presented By: Pauline Rose Moore

Understanding The Difference Between Communication vs Connection for the Deaf Ministry Leader & His/Her Congregation

Presented By: Pauline Rose Moore

Location: Sorenson Language and Communication Center

Workshop Description:
For the majority of hearing religious institutions, connecting with deaf and hard of hearing church attendees is an anomaly. In Deaf Ministry Leaders frustration, they may become angry, dissociate, and eventually burnout from what they know to be their life's calling. As an interpreter and/or member of the Deaf Ministry team, one must possess fundamental communication and connection skills, in order to educate one's congregation about the needs of Deaf souls and in order to be an effective leader.

In this interactive workshop, the presenter will discuss common communication pitfalls in Deaf ministry leading to stalled or steadily declining ministries; introduce foundational leadership skills, the 5 Principles and 3 Practices to Connection, and how they extend beyond communication. Participants will immediately begin to apply what is learned and leave with confidence, excitement, and a renewed sense of purpose in continuing the work of Christ; while creating partnerships and an effective team atmosphere in their respective worship settings.

From Signing To Conceptualizing
10:45 am - 12:45 pm
Presented By: Fred Beam

From Signing To Conceptualizing

Presented By: Fred Beam

Location: Sorenson Language and Communication Center

Workshop Description:
It is obviously important to sign what you see, not what you hear…BUT it is more important to conceptualize. This workshop will encourage signers/interpreters to step out of their comfort zone, and use techniques to conceptualize. This workshop encourages you to draw the “picture” in your head, and put it out in the air. Everyone has a different way of drawing the “picture” in their head. ASL is no different from the picture we see in our head. This workshop also focuses on improving the abilities to create the ASL interpretation of an English text that bridges the cultural and linguistic gap, while respecting each individual’s “picture”.

All Tracks
All Tracks
Interpreting in the Seventh-Day Adventist Church
8:30 am - 10:30 am
Presented By: Monica Mack and Margie English

Interpreting in the Seventh-Day Adventist Church

Presented By: Monica Mack and Margie English

Location: Sorenson Language and Communication Center

Workshop Description:
Interpreting in the Seventh-day Adventist Church can be very rewarding. However, there can be challenges, especially when an interpreter hears terms like 28 Fundamental Beliefs; 1260-Day Prophecy; Spirit of Prophecy; Happy Sabbath. "Interpreting in the Seventh-day Adventist Church" workshop is geared towards improving your Extralinguistic Knowledge (ELK) about the Seventh-day Adventist movement. It is our prayer that you leave knowing how best to interpret for individuals who are Deaf and/or Hard of Hearing in this setting.

Interpreting in the Seventh-Day Adventist Church
10:45 am - 12:45 pm
Presented By: Monica Mack and Margie English

Interpreting in the Seventh-Day Adventist Church

Presented By: Monica Mack and Margie English

Location: Sorenson Language and Communication Center

Workshop Description:
Interpreting in the Seventh-day Adventist Church can be very rewarding. However, there can be challenges, especially when an interpreter hears terms like 28 Fundamental Beliefs; 1260-Day Prophecy; Spirit of Prophecy; Happy Sabbath. "Interpreting in the Seventh-day Adventist Church" workshop is geared towards improving your Extralinguistic Knowledge (ELK) about the Seventh-day Adventist movement. It is our prayer that you leave knowing how best to interpret for individuals who are Deaf and/or Hard of Hearing in this setting.

Islamic Interpreting 101
10:45 am - 12:45 pm
Presented By: Leah Atwa

Islamic Interpreting 101

Presented By: Leah Atwa

Location: Sorenson Language and Communication Center

Workshop Description:
This workshop will focus on the Islamic and Arabic sayings sign language. It will so help prepare interpreters how to interpret in an Islamic environment. Also will teach Islam’s basics and cultures norms.

All Tracks
All Tracks
The Dance of Self-Discovery!
8:30 am - 10:30 am
Presented By: Kevin Dyels

The Dance of Self-Discovery!

Presented By: Kevin Dyels

Location: Sorenson Language and Communication Center

Workshop Description:
This workshop is an in depth analysis into anxiety and self confidence issues brought on by interpreting situations. Through risk taking exercises and discussions participants learn about each other’s vulnerabilities and the importance of trust as it relates to teaming and consumers. Finally participants will learn about themselves and how to separate the human from the interpreter."

The Dance of Self-Discovery!
10:45 am - 12:45 pm
Presented By: Kevin Dyels

The Dance of Self-Discovery!

Presented By: Kevin Dyels

Location: Sorenson Language and Communication Center

Workshop Description:
This workshop is an in depth analysis into anxiety and self confidence issues brought on by interpreting situations. Through risk taking exercises and discussions participants learn about each other’s vulnerabilities and the importance of trust as it relates to teaming and consumers. Finally participants will learn about themselves and how to separate the human from the interpreter."

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