News and Events 6/16/05

This is the summer edition of the eNewsletter from WROCC at Western Oregon University . We hope you find this information useful and look forward to getting your feedback, suggestions, and listings for future newsletters.
Topics covered in this issue:
1.) WROCC at WOU Staff Update
2.) Training Opportunity for DSS Professionals at Independent Colleges and Universities
3.) Postsecondary Interpreter Salary and Program Demographic Survey
4.) Western Symposium on Deafness
5.) Attention NAD Certified Interpreters
6.) New Machines Offer Driver's License Test in ASL
7.) Stay Current in Disability Research
8.) NCOD Reunion
9.) Conferences
10.) Have you seen...


WROCC at WOU Staff Update
We have a new staff member at WROCC at WOU.  After conducting a search this spring we hired Alice Pakhtigian as our Special Projects Coordinator. 

Alice moved to Oregon from the Philadelphia area and began work here in April.  True to WROCC form, she has hit the ground running (we've already sent her to San Diego and Texas ). Alice has a Master's in Library and Information Science from Drexel University . Previously, as a Program Coordinator in the Hearing Discovery Center , she presented on Assistive Listening Devices in the community, focusing on senior citizens. An active hard of hearing member of Self Help for Hard of Hearing Inc, she has used her connections to educate individuals with hearing loss about assistive technology.
In her free time Alice enjoys reading, traveling, exercising and archery.
Her job duties here will include outreach and trainings on assistive technology (with an emphasis on Independent Living and Community Services) as well as web site and materials development.
Please make note of Alice 's contact information:
Alice Pakhtigian
345 N Monmouth Avenue
Monmouth , OR 97361
phone: 503 838 8837
fax: 503 838 8228


Training Opportunity for DSS Providers at Independent Colleges and Universities
For years, new disability support service (DSS) providers in higher education have bemoaned the lack of start-up information for those new to the field and to their positions. No one needs this kind of information more than those brave enough to assume the role of disability service provider at small, private institutions. For those intrepid souls, they have put together an intensive orientation to your responsibilities that we think you will find to be just what you need.
You are invited to join Lydia Block and Jane Jarrow in Columbus , Ohio , on October 1-4, 2005, for four days of rigorous training to help you fulfill your role, and your potential, as the disability service provider for your institution. The basic program will be four days in length -- and will provide 40 hours of training (4 CEU's available through the DAIS Academy ).
For more information consult the website:


Postsecondary Interpreter Salary and Program Demographic Survey
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, an outreach site for the Midwest Center for Postsecondary Outreach, has completed a national survey of postsecondary interpreting salaries and deaf/hard of hearing program demographics. One hundred thirty four campuses from all parts of the United States participated. An edited summary of the results will be posted on the PEPNet listserv and website during the summer of 2005. If you are interested in seeing all of the results, you can use the following link to go directly to the survey:
The survey not only includes information about salaries, but also hiring practices, national certification, numbers of deaf employees, benefits, whether or not VRS call centers are located near the campus and more! If you have any questions about this, contact Bambi Riehl at


Western Symposium on Deafness
The bi-annual Western Symposium Deafness (WSD) Conference held April 20-23, 2005 in San Diego , California was a big success! This year's theme, Partners United for Empowerment, Education and Employment of People who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Late Deafened, and Deaf-Blind, brought together more than 350 professionals working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals in a variety of settings.
You can find information about the individual sessions and notes about the sessions submitted by the presenters at:
This conference is a collaborative effort with WROCC, RSA, WOU's Regional Resource Center on Deafness, Gallaudet University Regional Center at Ohlone College , Western Washington University 's Center for Continuing Education in Rehabilitation, and State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies in the Western Region. We'll keep you posted on the dates and location of the 2007 conference.


Attention NAD Certified Interpreters
Are you an NAD certified interpreter? If so, you have one last chance to keep your certification regardless of your test date, certificate expiration date or current interpreter status.
All NAD certified interpreters Levels III, IV, and V must apply to the RID for dual membership in the NAD and the RID by June 30, 2005 or you will lose their NAD certification! This is a great opportunity, especially for those of you who have not remained current with your certification – but you need to act now.
This deadline is final; there will be no reinstatements after this date. Individuals with expired certificates will be required to take the new NAD-RID National Interpreter Certification test.
For more information about this important notice, please go to: or contact
New Machines Offer Driver's License Test in ASL
Driver's License testing machines that will let deaf people take their driver license test in American Sign Language have been installed at all five-days-a-week Department of Motor Vehicle testing centers in Alabama.
The machines, which cost $200,000 to install, aren't just for deaf people, the Birmingham News reported, all drivers' license applicants will use them, and they offer the test in 12 languages and an audio version for people who can't read. Applicants respond to 30 multiple-choice questions called up randomly from a database of 800 questions.
In the past, the test was administered by videotape which was difficult and time-consuming. The machines allow the user to manipulate the test by toggling back and forth between text and video. People can pause, stop, or repeat questions by touching the screen. In addition, the machine automatically randomizes questions so no two tests are the same. The machine can also administer test for Commercial Driver's License (CDL) and any necessary endorsements.
“The new system is really helpful in tearing down the barriers that we've been facing for years,” said Judith Gilliam, president of the Alabama Association of the Deaf. To learn about how to obtain similar machines for your states, contact Major Roscoe Howell for more information.


Stay Current in Disability Research
REHABDATA-Connection is a free once-per-month bibliography service brought to you by the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC). REHABDATA allows researchers to learn about documents and publications recently added to the database. These E-mail bibliographies bring you what's new in the areas of disability research most important to you, by matching the 200+ new REHABDATA documents (those added to the database in the month just ended) with about 50 different subject profiles (including Deaf/Hard of Hearing).
If you need to keep up with the latest research and reports to accomplish your work, REHABDATA-Connection is for you! Subscribers of this free service use REHABDATA-Connection to identify research opportunities, uncover new collaborative research partnerships, evaluate new methodologies, monitor trends, and stay on top of the important literature of their field.
Learn more about this free service or sign up to receive the monthly emails at


NCOD Reunion

The Alumni Cross-Cutting Team Committee is busy making plans for the
upcoming NCOD Alumni Reunion for October 7, 8, and 9, 2005.  Be sure to
block off these three days and come prepared to reunite with your former
classmates, share stories of what has happened since your departure from
CSUN, and create lasting memories.

The three days festivities will include a wine and cheese reception, the
Reunion Banquet, a silent auction, a family picnic/bbq with children's
activities and an opportunity to tour CSUN.   

So, what are you waiting for?  Submit your reservation and monies to us
immediately!  If you are not yet a CSUN/NCOD Alumni Member, now is the time
to join.  In doing so, you will receive a free Remembrance Book at the
Reunion - similar to a yearbook with alumnis' contact information.  If you'd
like to learn more, visit the website
or contact Lauren Kinast at


RSA's First National Transition Conference
This first annual conference entitled “From Roots to Wings: Guiding Youth with Disabilities to Employment “ is being held June 16 – 17, 2005 in Washington DC following the National Leadership Summit on Improving Results for Youth. Attendees will learn about transition model programs, capacity building and strategies for improving transition services. Best of all, this conference is free! For more information, visit their website:
The 20 th International SHHH Convention
Join Self Help for Hard of Hearing People in Washington , D.C. June 30 – July 3, 2005, as we celebrate 25 years of opening the world of communication for people with hearing loss. In addition to social events and the exhibit hall, the convention will offer five tracks of workshops: Hearing Aids and Assistive Technology, Cochlear Implants, Family and Relationships (coping strategies), Health/Hearing Health/Medical Science, and Accessibility and Public Policy Issues. To learn about attending the conference visit the convention website
Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Loss (AMPHL)
The conference is being held September 10 – 11, 2005 at the Kellogg Conference Center on the Gallaudet University Campus in Washington DC . AMPHL was founded in 2000 by individuals who recognized the profound need to address issues surrounding their hearing loss as members of health care fields. AMPHL specifically targets those with degrees in professional health care fields such as physicians, veterinarians, dentists, nurses, physician's assistants, technicians, audiologists, therapists, as well as students in these fields. For more information about the conference and registration go to


World Association of Sign Language Interpreters
Bringing together sign language interpreters from around the world, the second international WASLI conference will be held in Worcester , South Africa October 31 – November 2, 2005. For more information about the conference, registration and the contact information of the conference organizers, consult this website:
Have you seen...
Arizona Total Immersion is an opportunity for increasing fluency in American Sign Language. This immersion program is designed for professionals who work with the deaf. To learn more or to register for one of the sessions visit
The mission of the Deaf Professional Network is “to empower its subscribers to achieve their professional and business goals… [supporting] the foundation and development of new and growing deaf and hard of hearing professionals and business owners.” Check out their website
The consumer website has content about hearing loss, hearing aids, cochlear implants, tinnitus and more. By entering your zip code, you can find a hearing professional in your area. There is a monthly newsletter, information about legislation, a section on testimonials and more. This website is produced by Audiology Online, Inc..
You can now have access to over 4,000 free captioned videos, CD-ROMs, and DVDs materials, thanks to the Captioned Media Program (CMP) administered by the NAD. Signing up for this free service is easy on the CMP website at is a new, international directory for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community. offers a searchable database of businesses, organizations individuals who serve or are involved in the Deaf community around the world. Search or add your information to the database at .
Every Wednesday and Friday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time the Virtual Chapter of SHHH meets.  The meeting is convened at . This is a convenient way to get involved, become informed, and gather with others with hearing loss. 
Did you know that you can read all postings or subscribe to the Disabled Student Services in Higher Education listserv ? With almost 2000 subscribers DSSHE is an invaluable resource for service providers and professionals in higher education. Learn more or subscribe by visiting
ASL Pah! Is a website like none other I've seen. Established by deaf Canadian Bijaya Shreasth, this website, where all content is signed, has four content areas: humor, employment, samples, and community. The “samples” section contains example pages that have been produced with their free software “Signlink Studio.” This software enables users to record, edit and save their own streaming video ASL web pages. The applications of this site are endless – this is a fantastic tool for interpreters, interpreter educators, ASL teachers, students and others. Students taking an ASL class, for example, can use a web cam to videotape themselves and save the video on the web (streamed) where their instructor can access them from his/her own computer (imagine – no more student video tapes to carry around). Take some time to browse this innovative site . Registration and the software are free.
Western Oregon University , home of the Regional Resource Center on Deafness with two graduate degree programs and one undergraduate degree program for professionals working with individuals who are deaf, is thrilled to announce a new undergraduate degree program. We are adding to our repertoire of professional programs an undergraduate major in ASL Studies . Watch the website for more information as it becomes available.

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