News & Events- 11/14/02

WSRD Call for Programs Deadline Extended: 11/29/02!

The next biennial Western Symposium on Rehabilitation and Deafness will be April 9-11, 2003 in Seattle, Washington at the Seattle Center. Participants are enthusiastic about their previous workshop us continue the tradition by responding to the Call for Programs! WSRD brings together a variety of professionals who seek to improve education, employment, and independent living outcomes for individuals who are deaf, late-deafened, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind. Any person whose work affects these populations is welcome to submit a proposal. See what you've been missing! The Call for Programs, a sample Call for Programs, general conference information, and proceedings from the previous conferences are all available at: and click on 'WSRD Conference'. Deadline for submitting proposals has been extended to Friday, November 29, 2002.

National Agenda on Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children

You have until January 30, 2003 to voice your opinion on the proposed National Agenda on Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children including Children with Disabilities. This document can be found on the Deaf Education Website You'll need to register as a user to get into this part of the website (this is only so that they can collect information on people visiting the site for reporting purposes later). Once you register, log in and click on "About Us--Collaborative" then page down to "National Agenda". You'll find a lot of other useful information there, as well!

Oregon now has VRS!

Besides the nationwide website, Oregon has its own homepage to reach the Video Relay Service. Oregonians, help Oregon Telecommunications Relay Services determine the demand for video relay by accessing services through . But don't worry, if you aren't in Oregon, go to to find out more about this exciting service! Experience the luxury of visual communication!

Emergency? Dial 911 Direct!

Do you work with individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing who use TTYs for phone communication? Be sure to help spread the word that they should dial 911 for emergencies direct instead of going through the relay service. Why? While the call can be made through relay, it slows down the process of getting vital information to the 911 operator. One less step means faster response rate! Our community has volunteers working with Eugene Fire and Emergency Medical Services to test the TTY response rate on 911 operators in Lane County. If you have an opportunity in your community to participate--get involved! More information for Deaf and Hard of Hearing consumers on using 911 coming soon!

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OCR Transition Pamphlet

The Office for Civil Rights has recently developed a transition guidance pamphlet for students entering college. This information is located at:

National Council on Disability Issues Recommendations on IDEA Reauthorization

The National Council on Disability (NCD) issued its recommendations on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act reauthorization in a 141-page report. The NCD is an independent federal agency established to advise the President and Congress on policy issues that affect people with disabilities. Nine recommendations covering enforcement, standards, technical assistance networks, accountability, funding, discipline, overrepresentation, and culturally appropriate training materials are summarized in a July 5, 2002, news release . The full report entitled, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Reauthorization: Where Do We Really Stand?, can be viewed at . A pdf copy is also available.

Transition Toolbox

The Oregon Department of Education has made The Transition Toolbox newsletters available on the ODE website at . Visit the site for information and ideas!

Looking for info on ADA and Self-Advocacy? What about literacy?

Check out the P3 (Preparing Postsecondary Professionals) website at The STEP project includes info on ADA and self-advocacy, and the P3 website includes information on improving literacy skills and assessing writing problems.

Next PEPNet Satellite Telecast 2/20/03

Hold the date for the next exciting broadcast: Thursday, February 20, 2003 "Virtual Learning and On-Line Services for Postsecondary Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing." Watch for information at

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