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Full scholarships awarded to all participants
Application due date: April 1, 2015
Description and Program Goal
The Rehabilitation Counseling with Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Adults (RCDHHA) program is a 9-credit, month-long summer academic certificate program run on the campus of Western Oregon University. The goal of the program is to improve the employment and independent living status of deaf and hard-of-hearing people by increasing the number of rehabilitation professionals and their community partners nationwide who have the necessary knowledge and communication skills to serve this population. Participants take American Sign Language, an orientation to deafness, and vocational rehabilitation service provision. The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) under the US Department of Education provides funding to defray the expense of participating in the program for participants in exchange for employment in a qualifying setting.
Who should attend
Western Oregon University offers this four-week, intensive deafness orientation
- Rehabilitation personnel
- Mental health professionals
- Employment specialists
- Independent living trainers
- Social workers
- Coordinators of services for students with disabilities
- Transition and career development specialists
- Other professionals in social service occupations
Full scholarships will be awarded to all selected participants who live beyond
a commutable distance from WOU. Scholarships include tuition for
the 9-credit program plus approximately $3,000 in stipend support, which may be
applied to travel, housing and meals, and other expenses.
These awards are made possible through an RSA long-term training grant that
requires completing a two month service obligation in a State vocational
rehabilitation or related qualifying agency. If this requirement is not met
within 26 months, the award must be paid back. Complete information is
provided upon acceptance into the program, or go to the 2004 RSA Scholar Manual/WOU.
Credit for the program is offered through WOU's Division
of Extended Programs. All students register during
the first week of the program for 9 credits. Undergraduate courses may be
taken for either letter grade or pass/no credit. Graduate courses may be
taken for a letter grade only. Students who hold an undergraduate degree
must register for RC 590 and TPD 584 for graduate credit.
Course of study
Participants in the RCDHHA program enroll in three academic courses and have
considerable opportunity for interaction with deaf and hard-of-hearing
The program offers 9 credits (6 graduate/3 undergraduate or 9 undergraduate)
and 96 contact hours.
ASL 101 (102, 103 or 201) American Sign Language (3
undergraduate credits only)
Expressive and receptive exposure and practice in American Sign Language,
the preferred communication mode used by American deaf adults, and a focus
on the cultural values and beliefs of this community. Students are assigned
to sections according to skill level after consultation with instructors.
TPD 484/584 Introduction to Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Studies (3
undergraduate or graduate credits)
Introduction to the cultural, audiological, educational and vocational issues
of people who are hard of hearing, deaf, or deaf-blind.
RC 490/590 Professional Issues: Rehabilitation Counseling with Deaf
Clients (3 undergraduate or graduate credits)
Psychological, social and vocational implications of deafness. Extensive
review of the rehabilitation service system's response to the unique needs
of people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Lecture series: assistive communication options
These lectures are by qualified practitioners and provide students
with an opportunity to build a basis of knowledge regarding speech communication
and technological communication options. Special emphasis is placed on
the needs of those people who may be hard of hearing, oral-deaf, late deafened,
or cochlear implant users.
Housing is available on campus and through motels and rental units within
walking distance of the university. Off-campus housing is competitively
priced. Contact WOU's
University Residences and Campus Dining for a list
of off-campus housing (toll free 1-877-877-1593). On-campus housing
is approximately $900 per person for the four-week session and is in Arbor
Park Apartments on the north end of campus. Each four-bedroom apartment
is fully furnished and has two bathrooms, a living room and a full kitchen.
The housing rate for the apartment includes a linen package (clean linens
furnished on a weekly basis). Computer access to the campus network is
available for $10 to 35, depending on your set-up needs. Meals can be purchased
through WOU Food Service (approximately $25 a day). These are estimates;
exact rates will be known in May 2015.
All campus programs, services and facilities are physically and communicatively
accessible. Interpreters and an FM assistive listening system are provided
for all deaf and hard-of-hearing program participants. Upon acceptance,
information is provided regarding the process for requesting accommodations.
Program faculty and contributing staff
Cheryl Davis, Ph.D., Director, Regional Resource Center on Deafness
John Freeburg, Professor Emeritus, Regional Resource Center on Deafness
Kara Gournaris, Instructor, American Sign Language
Brent Redpath, Instructor, American Sign Language
Shelia Hoover, Instructor, Rehabilitation Counseling
Amanda Smith, Associate Professor, ASL/English Interpreting
Julia Smith, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Rehabilitation Counseling
Wendy Stanley, Instructor, American Sign Language
Carol Yetter, Audiologist
Interested applicants must submit the application form (download text or pdf ) and three letters of reference by April 1, 2015. Letters of reference should address how the program will assist the applicant in their work, what skills the applicant brings to the program, and the applicant's motivation to attend. Full workshop details including specific housing information and the four-week class schedule will be sent to you upon acceptance into the program. Please list an e-mail address you check regularly, as we will use this to send you program updates.
Application due date: April 1, 2015
Director, Regional Resource Center on Deafness
Western Oregon University
Monmouth, Oregon 97361
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org . Phone 503-838-8444 . Fax 503-838-8228
This program is supported by Rehabilitation Services Administration, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education, in cooperation with Regional Resource Center on Deafness, College of Education, and Division of Extended Programs, Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR 97361
Western Oregon University is committed to providing equal opportunity in its recruitment, admissions, educational programs, activities and employment without discrimination on the basis of age, color, handicap, national origin, race, marital status, religion, sex, or sexual orientation. Inquiries may be directed to: Affirmative Action Officer, 345 N. Monmouth Ave., Monmouth, OR 97361.