News & Events- 2/6/04

Welcome our new WROCC at WOU Coordinator: Annette Leonard

Please join me in giving a warm welcome to our new WROCC at WOU coordinator, Annette Leonard. Annette holds a BS in American Sign Language/English Interpretation and an MA in Conflict Resolution. An RID Certified Interpreter, she spent several years interpreting at postsecondary institutions and in private practice. She worked on a federally-funded research project developing a computer-based assessment tool measuring the transition skills of Deaf adolescents and young adults. She also has experience as the Director of Disability Services at Western Oregon University. When she's not volunteering with the county as a mediator for small claims court, Annette, can often be found cooking or making homebrew, selling her crafts and housewares at the Eugene Saturday Market, playing with her 2 year old lab, or entertaining one or more of her four young nephews. Contact Annette with your postsecondary accommodations questions 503-838-8642 or wrocc@wou.edu . Welcome, Annette!

Emerging Legal Trends: Next PEPNet Satellite Telecast 2/19/04

The next PEPNet Satellite telecast will be Thursday, February 19, 2004 (11-1 Pacific), "Emerging Legal Trends: Impact on Services for Postsecondary Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing." Information is now available at http://www.pepnet.org and click on Teleconferences. It will be facilitated by Jeanne Kincaid, esq. Topics will include effective interagency agreements with VR, the changing demographics of college students, and working with students who have cochlear implants.

To locate programs in your area hosting the teleconference, go to http://www.pepnet.org/teleconfer.asp . If you are in the Willamette Valley, Western Oregon University will be a downlink site. Attendance is free and open to the public.

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 http://prc.csun.edu. A videotape of this telecast will be available shortly after airing.

RRCD Recruiting for Training/Degree Programs

For 30 years, the Regional Resource Center on Deafness has been offering training programs to prepare professionals to serve the unique communication, rehabilitation, and educational needs of deaf and hard-of-hearing children and adults. These programs often include generous stipends that help to cover tuition.

We are currently accepting applications for two Masters level programs (Rehabilitation Counseling: Deafness—deadline 3/15/04; Teacher Preparation: Deafness—deadline 4/30/04), our bachelor’s program in ASL/English Interpreting (deadline 3/15/04), and our summer month-long in-service training for professionals who are new to working with individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing (Rehabilitation Counseling for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Adults—deadline 4/2/04).

Except for the summer RCDHHA in-service program, ASL proficiency is required at the time of entry to each program. (WOU also offers ASL I-VIII.) If you would like to find out more information on any of our programs, please visit our website at www.wou.edu/rrcd, call 503-838-8444, or e-mail rrcd@wou.edu.

PEPNet Conference, April 21-24, 2004

The 2004 PEPNet Conference, "Planning for Success: Initiatives for Positive Outcomes" will be held a the Sheraton Station Square in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania April 21-24. Registration deadline is March 29, and the forms are available on the PEPNet website at http://www.pepnet.org . Stipends for the conference are also available. Information on the application process is included in the registration materials.

WROCC Staff Update

Once again, WROCC has some good news and some bad news concerning staff. The good news is we are happy to welcome Cathy McLeod as the WROCC Project Coordinator at CSUN. Cathy had been the WROCC staff person serving California and the Pacific Islands, and previously coordinated the MENUS project (Meeting the Educational Needs of Underserved Students), also out of CSUN. If you haven't seen her work, go to http://menus.csun.edu...it's a great project!

The bad news is that we are losing our long-time Project Coordinator, Gary Sanderson. Gary has taken another position with CSUN...so he is still around, and will be attending the PEPNet conference, but it just won't be the same! Gary, we'll miss you!

Speech-to-Text Services Network

Is your institution experiencing an increase in real-time captioning requests? You're not alone! In the last several years deaf and hard of hearing programs across the nation have seen an influx of students requesting speech-to-text accommodation services. A group of professionals interested in promoting quality speech-to-text services recently formed the Speech-to-Text Services Network (STSN). STSN is designed to be an information resource for consumers, service providers, and administrators.

Information about STSN and the various speech-to-text accommodation services coming soon to the website http://stsn.org. Also, plan on joining our session at the upcoming PEPNet conference in Pittsburgh!

Get your faculty into Universal Design for Instruction!

Facultyware is a professional development website on Universal Design for Instruction (UDI) out of the University of Connecticut. The website features research on UDI, several informational sheets on inclusive instruction, and examples from real instructors. In fact, faculty can submit materials to Facultyware and get feedback on areas that could be improved...or be selected to be posted to their website as an example! Start a contest on your campus! Check them out at http://www.facultyware.uconn.edu.

Have you seen...

  • Need Interpreters? Advertise at the 27th Annual Sign Language and Interpreter Workshop and Faire. It is April 24th in Torrance CA at El Camino College. FMI, call 310-660-6094
  • Seattle Diversity Works http://www.seattlediversityworks.com/fsdfriendly.htm has several information sheets available on making your workplace or setting Deaf friendly!
  • ALDACON 2004 The next Association of Late Deafened Adults conference will be in Burlington, Vermont September 1-5, 2004. FMI, go to http://www.aldaboston.org/con_2004.htm.
  • ADA Basic Building Blocks http://www.adabasics.org was developed by the Southeast DBTAC (Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center). Free, on-line, self-paced ADA course.
  • Survivor's Manual http://www.shhhor.org Developed by members of Self Help for Hard of Hearing People in Oregon, the Survivor's manual offers information on coping, communication, and assistive technology. The entire manual can be downloaded (73 pages) from their website.
  • Project 3R: Roles, Rights and Responsibilities for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Postsecondary Students' mission is to train postsecondary students who are deaf and hard of hearing to assume leadership roles in educating their peers, faculty, and administrators. Check out their website http://3r.csun.edu as they develop materials you can use with your students!.
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