News & Events- 1/15/02

Public Forums on the Reauthorization of the Rehabilitation Act

RSA is interested in hearing from persons with disabilities and others interested in the programs funded under the Rehabilitation Act. The federal Rehabilitation Act authorizes the funding of the vocational rehabilitation programs serving people with disabilities (including Native American and Migrant programs), independent living programs (including older blind), Projects with Industry, client assistance programs, rehabilitation training programs, protection and advocacy, recreation and other demonstration and research programs. View a sampling of the testimony from the December 13, 2001 public meeting in Seattle, WA, and tips on how to prepare public testimony at Dates have been schedule for New York City and Dallas, TX.

Upcoming PEPNet Satellite Broadcast

March 14, 2002, 11:00-2:00 CST
Serving Consumers who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in Community Based Rehabilitation Agencies

This Teleconference will address critical issues in serving consumers who are deaf or hard of hearing in community-based rehabilitation agencies and provide professional development opportunities for rehabilitation professionals. The program is designed for Administrators, Program Managers, Counselors, Case Managers, Vocational Specialists, Educators and other professionals who work within the vocational rehabilitation process. Viewers will better understand how to provide and create access to community rehabilitation services leading to competitive and supportive employment for consumers who are deaf or hard of hearing. Registration information coming soon! Watch for more information at

If you are in the Willamette Valley, Western Oregon University will be a downlink site. Attendance is free and open to the public. For others, check out the PEPNet webpage at closer to the date of the telecast to locate a downlink site.

Videotapes of previous teleclasses, such as "Americans With Disabilities Act - Responsibilities For Postsecondary Education Programs Serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students" and "Services for the Hard of Hearing Student in Postsecondary Education"  are available from the PEPNet Resource Center at

PEPNet Featured Product

Connections Workshop Materials #1084. Connections is an interactive training workshop for postsecondary educators and vocational rehabilitation counselors. It explains the important relationship between these two groups and the students with whom they work. Materials were developed by NETAC, April 2000. A videotape (VHS-1/2" running time 32:51) and handbook or curriculum is included. $20.00.

Registration Available: PEPNet 2002 Conference

Westin Crown Center, Kansas City, Missouri
April 10-13, 2002

The PEPNet 2002 conference, Diverse Voices: One Goal is sponsored by the four Regional Centers on Postsecondary Education for Individuals who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing, which are funded by U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education & Rehabilitative Services. This conference will provide opportunities for further professional development as well as for networking with peers who provide similar services. To register or check out the PEPNet Conference special travel rates go to

Deaf Mentor Video Series: Exploring Education

The DMVS tape is targeted for high school and college students who are deaf and hard of hearing, and explores the career planning process through interviews with professionals who are deaf and hard of hearing from a variety of areas within the field of education.  This includes a dean who is deaf, a late-deafened elementary school teacher, a high school teacher who is hard of hearing, a deaf middle school counselor, a deaf superintendent, a college professor who is deaf and a K-12 administrator who was raised orally and learned sign language later in life. Interview clips are threaded together by a narrator who is deaf who takes viewers through the entire career planning process as it relates to the field of education-- from exploration and choice, to preparation, accommodation, promotion, and finally career satisfaction.

The video is free, with only a $5 shipping charge. FMI contact or flyer at

Job Opening--Teacher Preparation: Deaf Education

The Teacher Preparation: Deaf Education (TPD) program at Western Oregon University seeks qualified candidates for a full-time, tenure track faculty position to commence Fall, 2002. TPD is housed in the Regional Resource Center on Deafness. Other programs within the Center include Rehabilitation Counseling with the Deaf (MS degree), ASL/English Interpretation (BS degree) and related continuing education and consultation programs. Qualifications: Candidates must have teaching experience with Deaf/HH students K-12, experience in higher education, and an earned doctorate in Deaf Education or a related field. Fluency in American Sign Language and demonstrated support of a Bilingual (ASL/English)/Multicultural philosophy are also required. FMI:

SW Washington & Oregon...Show Your Support for Real-time Closed Captions

LNS Captioning has been producing the live, real-time closed captioning for KATU-Channel 2 news since 1997.  The captions are paid for by generous sponsors.  In exchange, they receive advertising exposure on KATU, throughout Oregon and SW Washington. Both Fred Meyer and Pacific Power have new out-of-town owners, who are carefully examining every expenditure.  It’s very important that the new executives understand the importance and value of the captioning program to those who live with hearing loss.  No one can make that point more effectively than those who depend on the captions for news, especially late-breaking stories, weather, sports, and emergency information. Letters of Support are needed! For more info on how to show your support, go to

Have you seen...

The Access Board has published new technical assistance for ALD systems. They can be found at:

Proceedings from both the 1999 and 2001 Northwest Symposiums on Rehabilitation and Deafness are now available at:

Info on making your campus scoreboard accessible: and click on 'Scoreboard Video Display Captioning'

Gallaudet National Essay Contest: For deaf and hard of hearing teens ages 14 to 19. Topic: “What Should Hearing People Know About Deaf and Hard of Hearing People—and Why?” Entry deadline Feb 11, 2002. FMI:

NEW Tipsheets...covering captioning, counseling students who have Usher Syndrome, and Interpreting & Biomechanics. Check out these and many others at and click on Resource Center. Free & downloadable! Don't forget about the on-line orientation that is great for faculty and staff training, also on the PEPNet website! Also, watch the Resource Center for new videos, such as 'Excellence in Career Counseling: Improving Services for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing' from the Southern California Outreach Center at El Camino College.

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