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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 options.
  • New! What is a Hearing Aid Evaluation? Including 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 profile.
  • 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 sciences programs.
  • 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.
  • Defining 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).
  • Internet 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.
  • Snail 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 Services


        New! Americans with Disabilities Act Introduction By John P. Evans, why should we be interesting in the ADA?

        New! Definition of Disability By 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 job?

        New! Pre-Employment Inquiries By John P. Evans, guidelines to what an employer can and cannot ask regarding disabilities.

        New! Medical Examinations & Inquiries By John P. Evans, regulations to what an employer can and cannot require pertaining to medical examinations.

        New! Qualified Individual with Disability By John P. Evans, what does it take to be protected by the ADA?

        New! Reasonable 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 them.
  • Rehabilitation 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.

Conference Proceedings

  • Proceedings of the 1999 Region X Symposium on Rehabilitation and Deafness (Seattle, WA)
  • Proceedings of the 2001 Northwest Symposium on Rehabilitation and Deafness (Portland, OR)
  • Proceedings 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 deafened
  • Including deaf and hard of hearing students in foreign language classes
  • 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.

Videos Available

  • 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 Resource Center.
  • 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 education settings.

A Sampling of PEPNet Website Offerings:

Free On-line Orientation

    • Serving College Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

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 Training.'

    • 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 Students
  • 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).

 Direct suggestions, comments, and questions about this page to:

Annette Leonard, Coordinator
WROCC Outreach Site
at Western Oregon University
Regional Resource Center
on Deafness
Western Oregon University

Monmouth OR 97361
503-838-8642 (v/tty)
503-838-8228 (fax)

Last modified on 01SEP04