News & Events- 12/14/04
This is the December edition of the quarterly newsletter from WROCC at Western Oregon University. We hope you find this issue useful and look forward to getting your feedback, suggestions, and listings for future newsletters. Please pass this email along to others who might be interested.
in this issue:
New WROCC at WOU Website!
Thanks to our talented Graduate Assistant, Michelle G. Smith, we have a new and improved WROCC at WOU website. We have made some dramatic changes and to the site and its organization. We hope you find the site easy to navigate and full of the useful information you've come to expect. Let us know if you have suggestions, comments or feedback.
If you have links to our site, trainings, materials, conference proceedings, etc. please check your links and make sure they still work. Many of the links will remain the same but some may have changed. If you are unable to find a particular link or have questions about where to find a particular item please email us at email@example.com.
The new site should
be loaded by the time you receive this newsletter and ready for visitors.
Come check it out! http://www.wou.edu/wrocc
As a federally funded initiative, PEPNet (Postsecondary Education Programs Network), is required to provide evidence of the outcomes of our work. In an effort to gather information about the impact of PEPNet publications and activities on enhancing the access and quality of services provided to Deaf or Hard of Hearing individuals, we are conducting an assessment. Over the course of the next several months, we will be convening focus groups made up of individuals who have made use of our materials or technical assistance. We are hoping to document ways that PEPNet materials and trainings have influenced the policies, practices and/or programs of institutions and organizations.
Conducting a nation-wide assessment takes a lot of coordination and, in order for it to be successful, requires the participation of individuals and programs that have benefited from PEPNet's services. If you are invited to attend one of our focus groups, please make every effort to do so. Focus groups will largely be held in conjunction with already established meetings, workshops and conferences. If you are interested in participating in a focus group, contact your PEPNet regional coordinator. Focus groups will last between an hour and an hour and a half.
In addition to
focus groups, you may participate in our assessment by visiting
The bi-annual WSD Conference (formerly the Western Symposium on Rehabilitation 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 a variety of settings. Session strands will be focused on Postsecondary Education, Rehabilitation, Technology, and Community Services.
Check the website, http://wrocc.csun.edu, and click on the "WSD Conference" link for information on registration, stipends and the call for papers. Abstracts for workshops are due December 17!
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.
Development: The Next PEPNet Satellite Telecast 2/17/05
Language development and hearing loss
Student assessment and class placement
Educational interpreter's role in developmental classes
On-line registration is now available. You can also check and see if any programs in your area are hosting it. Go to http://www.pepnet.org/teleconfer.asp.
If you are in the mid Willamette Valley, Western Oregon University will be a downlink site. Attendance is free and open to the public. If you are not within an hours drive of WOU and your program or institution is interested in hosting the downlink, WROCC Outreach Site at WOU has a limited number of stipends available to cover the downlink fee for programs in the Western region. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.
Council for Exceptional
Children (CEC) http://www.cec.sped.org/
The CEC web site provides a summary of selected issues in the new
IDEA bill as well as a link to the text of the law.
National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) http://www.nasdse.org/ NASDSE will soon have a side-by-side comparison of IDEA 97 and the new law available for purchase via their Web site.
Information on the Internet http://thomas.loc.gov/
For the full text of the law (H.R. 1350), go to this Library of Congress
website and search for H.R.1350. Choose option 7 (H.R. 1350.ENR),
which is the final version.
SOURCE: National Center on Secondary Education and Transition
WROCC Staff Update
A native of San Diego, CA, Mandy McCurry has a B.S. in Deaf Education. Prior to working for WROCC, she was a Career Advisor at the National Center on Deafness, Cal State Northridge. She has also taught deaf and hard of hearing students in a mainstream program. In her free time Mandy enjoys taking dance classes and scrapbooking. Contact her by email email@example.com or phone 818-677-5467.
we are so glad to have you!
WNCAP is a new
organization for everyone in Western North America who is involved
in Speech to Text services, including service providers, supervisors
and school administrators. WNCAP includes and embraces all types of
Speech to Text service types: C-Print, TypeWell, CART, and Automatic
Speech Recognition (ASR).
$15 Postmarked by February 28, 205
For registration details, go to www.wncap.net
Convert Television Captions to Web-Streaming Formats
Boston, MA. WGBH's National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) announces the availability of software which enables closed captions created for broadcast and video to migrate to the Web.
CaptionKeeper (TM) software automatically converts line-21 captions created for television or video into Web-streaming formats. The software, now available for purchase, uses existing closed-caption data to create caption text suitable for live and/or archived multimedia presentations via RealPlayer, Windows Media Player and QuickTime Player formats.
The development of CaptionKeeper follows WGBH's release of its award-winning Media Access Generator, or MAGpie software. MAGpie is a free tool that enables do-it-yourself captioning and audio description (for users who are blind or have low vision) of digitized media, and is used by people around the world to make Web-based multimedia accessible. CaptionKeeper joins MAGpie as an easy-to-use tool for creating a more accessible Web.
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