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WROCC at WOU Web-based Materials:
Three new brochures have been developed for WROCC at WOU by
audiologist, Carol J. Yetter, M.S., CCC-A, FAAA. These publications were
written with the DSS and VR professional in mind. Using clear illustrations,
well defined vocabulary, and careful explanations, these brochures (available
in PDF format for immediate download) address frequently asked questions and
common misconceptions in understanding hearing aids and hearing aid technology,
undergoing an audiological evaluation, and interpreting an audiogram.
Beneficial for the consumer and professional, this series can help increase
your comprehension and practical skills when working with individuals who are
deaf or hard of hearing.
- New! A Hearing Aid Primer Addressing the
basic types of hearing aids (analog, digitally programmable, and fully
digital), this brochure includes definitions and explanations about the
variety hearing aid technology available today. This brochure will be
useful for anyone considering a hearing aid for personal use or to provide
general information for anyone wanting to know more about hearing aid
- New! What is a Hearing Aid
definitions of common audiological terms, this brochure explains the
process of being screened for a hearing aid, matching a hearing aid to a
person's loss, and fitting the hearing aid to a user's audiological
- New! How to Read an Audiogram This
brochure examines the parameters of frequency and intensity, explains the
audiometer and the interpretation of audiograms. Beneficial for disability
service providers, vocational counselors and anyone needing to understand
or read audiograms.
- Deaf and Hard
of Hearing Students in Health Sciences Programs Developed by Martha R. Smith, Project
Coordinator and Jo-Ann Sowers, PhD, Project Director of the Health
Sciences Faculty project at Oregon Health & Science University’s
Center on Self Determination for the WROCC Outreach Site at Western Oregon
University, this module was designed to provide DSS staff with information
so that they can better understand some of the unique features of health
- Interpreting for
Medical Students Students with disabilities are finding their way into
health sciences programs, including students who are Deaf and Hard of
Hearing. As an interpreter, do you have what it takes to work in this
arena? This module, writing by an interpreter who is currently
interpreting for a Deaf medical student, provides information and tips to
others who are considering working in this challenging setting. This
module was prepared by Todd Agan, CI, CT for the WROCC Outreach Site at Western Oregon University. The project was co-sponsored by Oregon Health Sciences University
Center on Self Determination.
- You Don't Know What
You've Been Missing! This
presentation covers alerting and signaling devices that make auditory
signals in our environments (e.g., phones ringing, door bells, sirens,
fire alarms) accessible to deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals.
Communication Access for Individuals who are Hard of Hearing Service providers often question whether a
student who is hard of hearing (as opposed to Deaf) would qualify for
services in postsecondary settings. Specifically, many hard-of-hearing
individuals request print accommodations and service providers are often
at a loss as to how to evaluate if this is an appropriate accommodation
for the individual. The goal of this module is to help service providers
develop an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of various
accommodations in the range of learning environments to help them better
understand when print accommodations are appropriate.
- For Whom the Bell
Flashes: Telecommunications Options Need some ideas on how to improve your ability to communicate on
the telephone? This module includes information and websites on
amplification, cell phones, video relay, 2-line voice carry over, IP relay
and, of course, POTS (that's Plain Old Telephone Service).
Resources Related to Hearing Loss Interested in quickly finding information on hearing loss related
issues? Check out NWOC's webpage on Internet Resources Related to Hearing
Loss. You'll find links to information on cochlear implants, sign
language, consumer groups, ADA, cued speech, Deaf culture, assistive
technology, and e-mail discussion lists. This website is updated
regularly...keep an eye on it for new links.
Tales Information about
cochlear implants for service providers.
- Tutoring and Writing
Links This is a list of
resources useful to individuals who are tutoring deaf and hard-of-hearing
students. Many neat internet resources available!
- Foreign Language Links
This is a list of internet resources that
foreign language instructors (and students) may find useful. It includes
information on studying languages, websites in foreign languages, and
multicultural Deaf sites.
- Telecast Links
from 9/26/02 Telecast: Using Technology to Enhance Education
New! Definition of
John P. Evans, a comprehensive legal explanation of disability.
New! Essential Functions By
John P. Evans, how does one describe or identify the essential functions of a
Inquiries By John P. Evans, guidelines to what an
employer can and cannot ask regarding disabilities.
New! Medical Examinations &
By John P. Evans, regulations to what an employer can and
cannot require pertaining to medical examinations.
Accommodations By John P. Evans, definition of
“reasonable accommodations” along with examples.
New! Undue Hardship By
John P. Evans, factors to consider when determining undue hardship.
New! Direct Threat By
John P. Evans, employer specifications concerning direct threat and employees.
- When Seconds
Count Find out about the importance of ensuring that your local 9-1-1
Call Centers can handle TTY and VCO (voice carry over) calls.
- Self-Knowledge is
Power Being able to advocate
for yourself requires an awareness of not only what techniques and
accommodations work for you and what doesn't work, but also why.
- Are You Hearing
Challenged? By Penny Allen, thinking about getting a hearing
evaluation? Not sure how to proceed? Read this informative article and
take the next step!
- One Student's
Story...Or is it? Many
individuals who are hard of hearing are unaccustomed to asking for help
and are not be aware of the kinds of services that may be available to
Act Reauthorization Looking for
information on the 1998 Amendments to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation
Act of 1973 (aka Workforce Investment Act)? Order a copy from the
Senate Documents room, find it on the web, and see what disability
services organizations think of it. New websites with PowerPoint
presentations posted 8/4/00.
of the 1999 Region X Symposium on Rehabilitation and Deafness (Seattle, WA)
of the 2001 Northwest Symposium on Rehabilitation and Deafness (Portland, OR)
of the 2003 Western Symposium on Rehabilitation and Deafness (Seattle, WA)
PEPNet Trainers Available
Trainings on a variety of
topics are available from PEPNet trainers in your area. Contact your local
PEPNet program to have a trainer present on topics such as:
- Job accommodations for individuals who are hard of hearing and late
- Including deaf and hard of hearing students in foreign language
- Telephone communication for hard of hearing and deaf individuals
- Tutoring students who are deaf and hard of hearing
- And many, many more. Workshops can be developed to suit the
individual needs of your program.
- Pah! I'm in
College...Now What? Student orientation video for deaf students who
are new to college campuses.
- In addition to the Pah! I'm in College video, two more
videos round out the transition trio. College...Now What? and Look
Out World...Here I Come! are two new videos that help to round out
exploring transition options and decisions with students. These videos are
available for $20.00 apiece from the PEPNet
- Videotapes of previous PEPNet teleclasses are available from the PEPNet Resource Center at http://prc.csun.edu.
The most recent one is from March 15, 2001, Services for the Hard-of-Hearing Student in
Postsecondary Education. Join Sam Trychin, Sharaine Rawlinson, Cheryl
Davis, and Corrine Brennan-Dore for an examination of the service
provision needs of students who are hard of hearing in postsecondary
A Sampling of PEPNet Website Offerings:
- Serving College Students who are Deaf or Hard
This orientation is an introductory course
designed for higher education professionals who work with students who are deaf
or hard of hearing. It explains issues relevant to communication and learning
in postsecondary education. It is found on the PEPNet Web page at http://www.pepnet.org and click on 'Online
- Gates to Adventure-a transition training website for deaf
adolescents and young adults
Gates to Adventure
is designed for students who are deaf and hard of hearing, ages 14-adult. The
instructional goal of the training is to enhance students' understanding of
skills needed for successful transition from secondary to postsecondary
education. It is found on the PEPNet Web page at http://www.pepnet.org
and click on 'Online Training.'
PEPNet Resource Center
- To quickly locate the many free and low-cost materials being
developed by the more than 60 hub and affiliate programs making up the PEPNet
network, go to http://prc.csun.edu/Content/Products.asp.
Many materials are downloadable from the website, such as the 20+ two-page
Teacher Tipsheets and the National Task Force Reports on Quality of
Services in the Postsecondary Education of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing
- The PRC was established in 1997 to provide information and
technical assistance to postsecondary institutions serving people who are
deaf and hard of hearing. They have an extensive catalog of materials
including books, videos, periodicals, academic research, and training
modules. Although PRC was created to serve institutions, their on-line
catalog of materials can be used by the general public as a starting place
to find information about a wide variety of issues related to deaf and
hard of hearing people. Access them through the internet (and click on Resource Center), e-mail, fax: 818-677-4899, or by
calling 888-684-4695 or 818-677-2611 (v/tty).
comments, and questions about this page to:
WROCC Outreach Site
at Western Oregon University
Regional Resource Center on Deafness
Western Oregon University
Monmouth OR 97361
Last modified on 01SEP04