News & Events- 9/1/04

Mourning the Death of Rocky Stone

Howard E. “Rocky” Stone died from pneumonia-related complications on August 13, 2004, at the age of 79. This leader in the Hard of Hearing community experienced a bilateral hearing loss from his Army service in World War II. Rocky worked for the Central Intelligence Agency 25 years and founded Self Help for the Hard of Hearing in 1979. In addition to his work with SHHH, he served on President Reagan's Access Board which drafted accessibility guidelines for the ADA . Rocky was a dedicated pioneer and advocate for individuals with hearing loss. He will be sorely missed.

Western Symposium on Deafness, April 2005

The bi-annual WSD Conference (formerly the Western Symposium on Rehabilitiation and Deafness) will be held April 20-23, 2005, at the Wyndham Emerald Plaza Hotel, San Diego, California. This year's theme is Partners United for Empowerment, Education and Employment of People who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Late Deafened, and Deaf-Blind. The WSD 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 WSD website, , and click on the “WSD Conference” link for more information as it becomes available.

Post-Secondary Interpreting Network Conference

The Postsecondary Interpreting Network (PIN) 2005 Conference will be held on May 13-15, 2005 at the Doubletree Hotel in Overland Park , Kansas . The 2005 conference is being hosted by Johnson County Community College and is sponsored by Gallaudet University Regional Center and the Midwest Center for Postsecondary Outreach. The PIN Conference is a Midwest regional event focusing on interpreting in postsecondary settings.  Postsecondary interpreters, coordinators, and administrators working with students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing are invited to attend. For further information, visit the PIN website.

Fulbright Opportunities

Since 1998, the Fulbright Commission has been awarding 3 grants a year to deaf or hearing American graduate students, who are studying in deafness-related fields. These students are given a stipend to travel to Italy to live, work, and study for a semester. Previous scholars have performed research and worked on projects related to a variety of topics: training sign language teachers, developing sign language curriculum, researching Deaf culture, generating materials for interpreter training, and producing multimedia tools for education and training. The application deadline for the 2005-2006 academic year is October 21, 2004. For more information, visit the Fulbright website at or the Mason Perkins Deafness Fund (the sponsoring organization in Italy ) at

New on the WROCC at WOU Website

Three new brochures have been developed for WROCC at WOU by audiologist, Carol J. Yetter, M.S., CCC-A, FAAA. “A Hearing Aid Primer,” “What is a Hearing Aid Evaluation,” and (the much anticipated) “How to Read an Audiogram,” 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. Check them out today! Visit and click on “Training Materials.” If you are interested in further information about hearing aids, you might take a look at “15 Rules for Satisfied Hearing Aid Users,” this presentation (given by Ron Leavitt and Dean Booster) was part of the 2001 NWSRD Conference.

Also new to our web site are seven articles by John Evans, CRC and Corporate Consultant for the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. His articles cover a range of topics related to employment, disability, and the ADA . These clearly written articles review pertinent definitions, the process of seeking accommodation on the job, and examine some of the relevant legal protections, rights, and responsibilities of qualified individuals with a disability.


Change of Leadership at the National Center on Deafness

With heavy hearts, we bid farewell to Merri Pearson, the Director of the National Center on Deafness, at California State University , Northridge. Over the years, Pearson has worked with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing to improve high school transition outcomes, to educate students about self-advocacy and empowerment, and to enhance the accessibility and the quality of services provided to students at CSUN and elsewhere. Pearson has been the Director of NCOD since Herb Larson retired in 1999. She recently accepted a position in Washington , DC, at OSERS (Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services), Office of the Assistant Secretary, as a liaison for Gallaudet University and NTID. Merri, you will be missed.

In the meantime, Gary Sanderson will serve as the interim director of the National Center on Deafness through June 30, 2005. Sanderson has over thirty years of experience at CSUN and is uniquely suited to assume the interim director position. Sanderson is known locally and nationally for his work with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, particularly in the areas of interpreter training and professional standards.


Have you seen...

The On Line Notetaker Training developed by NETAC? This comprehensive, interactive, free training is conducted in three modules that take about 90 minutes to complete. Potential notetakers can complete the training at their convenience, learn effective notetaking strategies, and received a printed certificate of completion. The site also includes a Notetaker Coordinator's handbook and suggests selection criteria, policies, and practices for using student notetakers effectively.

DeafDigest This weekly e-newsletter gives updates on news, events, profiles, job postings, and entertainment happening for and by Deaf individuals. To read a sample newsletter and sign up for a (free) subscription visit their website.

Think you know your disability rights law? Try your hand at the ADA Game. In the game, players take on the role of advocates for disability rights. Points are earned by successfully answering questions about the ADA . There are also opportunities for community action and message boards for postings and discussions.

Earwear You can hide your hearing aid but you can't hide your hearing loss. And why should you? Earwear, designed by a hard of hearing jeweler, can change the hearing aid into a fashion statement. For designs and orders visit the Earwear web site.

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