2001 CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS
WEDNESDAY, April 4, 2001
The opening day of the 2001 Conference provided 3 concurrent day-long speciality workshops. These workshops provide an opportunity for a more in-depth discussion of each topic.
Successful Outcomes for Individuals who are Deaf-Blind: Accommodations,
strategies, & resources
ACCESS: How best to serve postsecondary
students who are hard of hearing (PPT)
THURSDAY, APRIL 5
9:00 - 10:15 Concurrent Sessions
Jennifer White, Able Opportunities Vocational Counsulting
People with dual sensory losses combined with developmental disabilities often have minimal language skills. This is a low incidence population and consequently is commonly underserved due to a lack of professionals educated about communication strategies. This workshop provides information about developing communication tools and systems for individuals who use physical prompts, gestures, objects and a variety of alternative communication methodologies. We will explore informal assessment tools, hands on activities and exercises to rethink communication, step by step instructions for building communication systems, information about orienting individuals to a work environment, tactile task analysis for teaching new tasks and reinforcement systems for work.
Martha Smith, Center on Self Determination, Oregon Health Sciences University
Since the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the institution in the Southeastern Community College v. Davis case (the case involved a student with a severe hearing loss who wanted to enter the college's nursing program. The student was denied access.) Many health sciences programs and disability professionals have taken the view that deaf or hard of hearing students can't succeed in health sciences programs. The truth is professionals who are deaf and hard of hearing have been and continue be successful in a wide range of health science programs. It is time for those of us in the field of education and rehabilitation to realize the negative assumptions we carry regarding the ability of deaf and hard of hearing students to be successful nurses, doctors and dentists. Health Science Students with Disabilities: Faculty Education Project is a three-year federal grant project located at Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU). Using information gathered from this grant I will present a more positive prospective on how students who are deaf and hard of hearing can be successful in health sciences programs. I will include the viewing of videotape interviews we have done of health science professionals who experience being deaf or hard of hearing.
John Evans, Washington State Department of Personnel
This session will focus on the covered entities responsibility to conduct an individualized assessment and interactive process when providing reasonable accommodation to applicants and employees with disabilities. The presenter will define seven key steps an employer often implements to ensure compliance with the Employment Provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Seven key steps to be covered are: Posting Notification, Requesting Reasonable Accommodations, Maintaining Confidential Medical Files, Analyzing A Job Involved To Determine Essential Functions, Consulting the Individual with Disability to Identify Employment Barriers, Collaborating Solutions To Employment Barriers and Testing Recommendations for Feasibility.
10:45 - 12:00 Concurrent Sessions
Jackie Hyman, Northwest Deaf Addiction Center
Washington and Oregon states have established a Deaf inpatient Chemical Dependency treatment center, Northwest Deaf Addiction Center, in Vancouver, Washington. This session will trace the history, discuss the process, and give current information on the progress of this interstate project.
Terri Goldstein, California State University, Northridge
More students who are deaf and hard of hearing are entering college than ever before. Nonetheless, hearing student attendance is increasing at a faster rate than deaf students. When do deaf and hard-of-hearing students start thinking about college? When should they? Where do students draw information about college and what would they like to know? How are decisions of which institutions to attend based? The results of an online survey of deaf and hard-of-hearing college students will be presented, including how schools, postsecondary institutions and rehabilitation counselors can support or hinder students in the college choice process.
BJ Crossland & Libby Stanley, NW Human Services Connection Program
This workshop will explore the communication experiences of Deaf children and how these experiences impact adult reactions, behaviors and coping mechanisms. Participants will: understand the range of communication styles in families of Deaf children, gain insight into the effects of family communication on adult communication styles, have increased knowledge of the challenges and accommodations in the workplace, and better recognize the range of emotional and social challenges Deaf individuals may encounter.
2:30 - 3:45 Concurrent Sessions
Dorothy Walt, Helen Keller National Center, Seattle, WA & Nancy Sommer, Deaf-Blind Service Center, Seattle WA
Many individuals who are deaf-blind need access to the world around them in order to make informed decisions and/or to better understand their environment. Communication, visual information and sighted guide assistance are the key factors involved. This workshop will explain the concept and roles for two different type of service providers and how they can be used to enhance information and independence for individuals who are deaf-blind.
Bo Adan, Center for Electronic Study, University of Oregon
Presenters will engage participants in discussion of in-class learning needs for secondary and post-secondary students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Presenters will identify differences and similarities between these student populations, and will discuss available current technologies that meet or partially meet these needs. Presenters will demonstrate computer-based collaborative notetaking (CBCN), distinguishing between communication access and notetaking support, and illustrating how computer-based collaborative notetaking fits into this range of needs.
Annette Reichman, Chief, Deafness and Communicative Disorders Branch, RSA, US Dept of Ed
Come hear the Chief of RSAs Deafness and Communicative Disorders Branch take on the hot topics facing Vocational Rehabilitation today, including decreasing resources, increasing need, retaining trained/qualified staff, and the need for a coordinated state effort to blend services and avoid duplication.
Friday, April 6
8:30 - 9:45 Concurrent Sessions
James Dixon, Rehabilitation Consultant
As a result of poor health conditions on American Indian Reservations, delayed diagnosis and treatment of otitis media results in an extremely high incidence of hearing loss among American Indians. Prolonged middle ear infections impacts on the normal acquisition of speech and language. Significant delay in the development of speech and language is reflected in lower academic achievement, development of social skills and self esteem. As the American Indian child grows and develops under these conditions they are extremely limited in their ability to secure and retain employment. Recommendations to address this serious health and employment crisis will be presented.
Jay Thurman, Hearing Resources
Technology is opening up communication with the deaf, late deafened and the hard-of-hearing. This seminar will introduce the attendees to some of the newer assistive equipment now available including small and extremely portable FM systems designed for use in noisy environments or the workplace. New advances in computer added speech to text that also incorporates text to ASL is now available. Uses for this technology will be explored for access were a sign-language interpreter is not immediately available. New advances in the field of amplification for use in the classroom, training facility or conference rooms that improve communication will be explored.
Debra Guthman, California School for the Deaf, Fremont
How should professionals deal with the number of dual relationship and other ethical issues that arise on a regular basis? This workshop will examine the implications and explore possible consequences and strategies when working with clients and faced with dual relationsip and other ethical issues. This session will include interactive activities that the participants will be involved with as well as lecture and discussion.
10:00 - 11:15 Concurrent Sessions
Sharaine Rawlinson, Midwest Center for Postsecondary Outreach
What is it like to go to bed a totally hearing person and awaken totally deaf the next morning? What is it like to be totally deaf for 23 years and then derive benefit from a cochlear implant? This presentation describes cochlear implant technology and who can benefit from cochlear implants. Points covered will include social and psychological implications of implantation. Information on what services and factors that Disability Support Services and Vocational Rehabilitation providers need to be aware of when serving a student with a cochlear implant will be covered.
Linda Marie Allington, Rocky Mountain Connections Center
RMCC assists postsecondary programs and higher education institutions in Utah, Wyoming, Nevada and Montana in attracting and serving deaf and hard of hearing students. English reading & writing preparation for college English is a passion at RMCC. Take teaching strategies from this session to your instructors that will benefit their teaching style and their students!
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345 North Monmouth Avenue Monmouth, OR 97361