News & Events- 5/20/04

Davis to Receive Award

Dr. Cheryl Davis, Director of the Regional Resource Center on Deafness (previously the Coordinator of WROCC at WOU), is being honored this June by Self Help for Hard of Hearing People (SHHH). At this year's SHHH International conference in Omaha, Davis will be given the esteemed Friend of the Hard of Hearing award in recognition of the many ways she contributes toward improving access for Hard of Hearing individuals. Our congratulations to you, Cheryl. Thanks for all that you do!

Western Oregon University Interpreting Celebration

Please join us in celebrating 28 years of interpreter education and 10 years of the Bachelors degree program in ASL/English Interpretating at Western! The celebration will begin on Thursday evening, June 10, 2004 with a workshop for interpreters sponsored by WROCC at WOU and presented by WOU alum, Celene de Miranda (the cost is $20 and RID CEUs will be given).

The celebration continues on campus at the summit in the Werner University Center Friday afternoon, June 11th from 4:00 -10:00 p.m. Festivities will include entertainment, a silent auction, a raffle, and a barbecue. For more information check out the link at We look forward to seeing alumni, teachers, current students, and supporters of the program there! This is a community event. Please feel free to invite families and friends.

Intertribal Deaf Council Conference, July 21 24, 2004

This year's conference in Toppenish, WA will be the 10th anniversary conference. The Intertribal Deaf Council (IDC) is a non-profit national organization based in Oregon. The mission of the organization is to provide American Indians, Alaska Natives and First Nations (Canadian) Indians who are Deaf, Deaf-Blind, hard of hearing or late deafened and their family members with communication access to their traditions, heritage and beliefs. For more information on the IDC conference and sponsorships, go to or contact

Report on the PEPNet Conference

The 2004 PEPNet Conference, "Planning for Success: Initiatives for Positive Outcomes" was held at the Sheraton Station Square in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania April 21-24. The PEPNet Conference was a great success! The conference offered a broad range of session topics, had a plenary session related to accommodating Hard of Hearing students, and a panel of Deaf/Hard of Hearing medical professionals. Thanks to those of you who participated in the conference a record was set for the number of participants. Conference proceedings will be posted next month on the PEPNet website (

How to Read an Audiogram

We have had lots of requests from individuals searching for resources on reading an audiogram. In hopes to meet some of the demand for concise and current information, the WROCC at WOU has been working with audiologist, Carol Yetter, to create a document for Disability Service coordinators and Vocational Rehabilitation counselors. This new brochure, focusing on how to read and understand an audiogram, will be ready for publication or download from the WROCC at WOU website by the end of June. If you are looking for some other resources for interpreting audiograms, check out some of the websites listed below in the Have You Seen portion of the newsletter.

Western Symposium on Deafness, April 2005

The bi-annual WSD Conference (formerly the Western Symposium on Rehabilitation and Deafness) will be held in San Diego, CA April 21-23, 2005. This conference brings together professionals working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals in postsecondary settings, vocational rehabilitation, independent living, and other community organizations and agencies. Session topics will address emerging trends, best practices, underserved populations, and review technological advances in the field. Don t miss this conference! A call for proposals will be coming soon. Check the WROCC website ( for more information as it becomes available.

Have you seen...

Gallaudet University's Writer's Handbook -
With a Teacher s Guide and Student Tutorial program, this is a valuable online resource for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students working to improve their writing skills.

FYI the next PEPNet Teleconference (in February 2005) will be on the subject of Literacy for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. Stay tuned for more details.

ADA Library Online developed by Meeting the Challenge, Inc. of Colorado Springs with funding from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, this website makes available more than 3,4000 documents related to the ADA and offers extensive document collections on other disability rights law and issues.

What s the Sign For...? - This site has a wealth of articles, resources and sign language vocabulary.

Accessibility in Distance Education - The Access in Distance Education (ADE) website, supported by the NEC Foundation of America and Verizon Foundation, has been designed to meet the needs of faculty teaching students with disabilities in the online environment.

Information about Audiograms -

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