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WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2003
- Too often, people with disabilities
are denied access to classes, meetings, and resources in colleges and
universities, as well as elsewhere. This presentation will cover several
potential violations of the ADA often faced by students (e.g., architectural
barriers, failure to provide effective communication, failure to modify
policies and procedures) as well as potential violations faced by employees
or job-seekers. In addition, this presentation will discuss various strategies
toward resolving these potential violations.
Smith, Ferguson, Crossley, Brown
& Hitchen: "You Haven’t
Seen ‘Nuthin’ Yet!” – VoIP Technology and Why This is Just the Tip of
the Iceberg - How the world-wide disability community will soon have easy
access with anyone, anywhere, and anytime
- VoIP (voice over Internet Protocol)
is a term used in IP telephony for managing the delivery of voice information
using the Internet Protocol (IP). Few
realize that with implementation of various other applications, the entire
realm of communications can be totally revolutionized. Not only is every
type of instant interaction between our world-wide neighbors a reality,
but now the disabled and Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing communities can experience
real-time participation. We will describe and demonstrate what is currently
available for this community in VoIP technology along with what's coming
up in future development.
- This highly interactive and
hands on presentation is for direct service providers and will develop their
skills to conduct an ecological evaluation of a work place for and with
a person who is deaf and low functioning. The presenter will review the
functional assessment measure Assessing Workplace Communication Skills with
Traditionally Underserved Persons who are Deaf. Field experiences and applications
will be shared as well as ways to use the instrument. Using a case history,
the participants will evaluate a work site and develop strategies to improve
- This workshop will cover
three main areas that relate to mental health and its impact on transition
in vocational education and employment settings. The areas that will be
covered are first, "Diagnosing Deaf Clients Using a Culturally Affirming
Approach" (including the use of certified deaf interpreters); second,
"Using Certified Deaf Interpreters in Transition and finally, implementation
using "Utah Deaf Teleservices Model". The overall goal of this
presentation is to improve employment outcomes with remedial and preremedial
postsecondary deaf clients.
- You may be aware of how vital
ALDs are to hearing aid wearers when trying to hear in noisy environments.
Did you know that ALDs provide the same benefit to Cochlear Implant users?
With the steady increase in the number of cochlear implantees in the world,
you will begin to see more of them in your client and student population.
Prepare yourself by attending this demonstration of a variety of ALDs
and see how they can be coupled with cochlear implants.
Gazeley, Hitchen, Schwier, &
the CART with a Horse of a Different Color: Making Internet-based Training
Accessible to Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Participants
- The demand for Internet-based
training is increasing as technology access improves. Many of the distance
learning formats presently available are based on telephone conference technology
paired with an Internet-based delivery of visual information. This presentation
illustrates how one organization, the State of Oregon Department of Human
Services, combined its distance learning technology with Communication Access
Real Time (CART) captioning technology to allow Deaf and Hard of Hearing
learners to participate in NetCast training sessions. It will illustrate
the access process on a national level for Vocational Rehabilitation and
other social service professionals.
How can we improve transitional
services for students who are deaf-blind? Participants in this session
will gain knowledge regarding several areas of transition including:
a) current research from a national study on the post-school outcomes
of young adults who are deaf-blind; b) how self-determination impacts
the educational and vocational success of these young adults, and c)
what are some of the transition strategies being used today. The participants
will also receive valuable resources related to deaf-blindness.
- "It is unlawful for
a covered entity to fail to make reasonable accommodations to the known
physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified applicant/employee
unless the requested accommodation would cause an undue hardship."
Who is a covered entity? How are accommodations applied in employment
settings? What is meant by "known" physical/mental limitations?
How is a person "otherwise qualified"? What actions determine
a formal request? What are burden shifting rules? What is undue hardship?
Find out the answers to these questions and more! This presentation addresses
the rights and responsibilities of the covered entity and qualified individual
with disability in employment settings. Also Summary
and Scope of Coverage.
THURSDAY, April 10, 2003
- With more students who are
deaf and hard of hearing choosing to attend mainstream colleges and universities,
the demand for auxiliary aids has vastly grown. Colleges find themselves
seeking creative ways of meeting the support services needs their students
demand and have a right now. This presentation introduces hand held technology
on the cutting edge; its current and future applications. The Palm VII
offers some features that the presenters believe can enhance deaf and
hard of hearing students' educational experiences.
Billies, Hurwitz, Kiperman,
& DeCaro: Roles
and Goals: The Impact of Role Models and Expectations on the Success
of Individuals Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
- Strong role models have a major
influence in the aspirations of young students who are deaf and hard of
hearing. This session will present research findings and anecdotal stories
regarding significant factors in promoting the success of professionals.
NETAC and PEPNet will present "Achieving Goals! Career Stories of Individuals
who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing" and panelists will consider the impact
that these will have in the lives of 45,000 students who are deaf and hard
of hearing. Attendees will view the Web site and several video segments
that document the lives of individuals, highlighting their experiences growing
up as well as factors that made them successful in the workplace.
Schroedel & Kelley: Reaching
the Invisible Population: Enhancing Vocational Rehabilitation
and Disability Support Services to Hard-of-Hearing College Students
- Session participants will
learn why many hard of hearing students do not seek VR or DSS services.
Denial of hearing loss, a major factor in this pattern, is caused by the
stigmatizing of hearing loss by persons who hear. This presentation explains
this process and the strategies hard of hearing persons use to cope with
it. Numerous techniques are presented to improve VR and DSS services to
enhance the transition, recruitment, orientation, acceptance of hearing
loss, and persistence of hard of hearing college students.
The program will focus on
the conceptualization of how resource sharing and merging leadership
responsibilities can achieve increased quality of life and upgrade the
standards in the human service delivery objectives from rehabilitative,
education, social service and employment fronts without worrying about
duplication and enjoying increased efficiency. This training session
is designed for service providers who are working with special needs
population groups to understand the power and effectiveness of interagency
agreements and the role it can play in providing services in the spirit
of collaboration with other programs/agencies. This is an exploration
in how merging resources, leadership, and lessening autonomy between
various agencies by working towards common goals can make this concept
into a win-win situation for the underserved populations where the individual
benefits as well as the agencies who are discharged with the responsibility
To Use The Connections: Vocational Rehabilitation & Institutions
of Higher Education Jointly Serving Consumers Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing"
Training Packet To Initiate Interagency Agreement Discussions And Identify
- "CONNECTIONS" is
a packaged half-day interactive workshop for higher education staff members
and vocational rehabilitation counselors. It addresses the VR process
and ways that higher education, VR staff members, and students can work
together toward a positive educational experience. This session will provide
an overview and preview of the "Connections" workshop and how
it can be used to stimulate discussions that will identify issues and
initiate the development of interagency agreements.
Downs & Lefebure: A
Closer Look: Creating Interactive CD-ROMs for Sign Language Vocabulary
- Learn how to create interactive
CD-ROMs, based upon the presenters' experiences in developing the series:
"A Closer Look - Interactive CD-ROMs that target sign vocabulary
for courses in secondary and postsecondary education." Interpreters
and deaf students, as well as others, benefit by preparing in advance for
vocabulary used in the classroom. Students are able to improve comprehension
of course-specific terminology and improve test scores. Participants will
learn the thoughts behind the project, the development processes, and receive
a copy of the "How To" manual developed by the presenters.
Paris, Miller, Cartwright, &
Appropriate Outreach and Transition Methods for American Indians and
Alaska Natives Who are Deaf, Deaf Blind, Hard of Hearing, or Late Deafened
- Research indicates that American
Indians and Alaska Natives experience a higher rate of disability, but
receive less rehabilitative services than other groups. This is primarily
due to a paucity of outreach services for this underserved population.
Minority deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing and late-deafened individuals
often live within several cultures by combining the values therein. Rehabilitation
counselor awareness of American Indian culture and multiculturalism in
American Indians and Alaska Natives is essential when providing outreach
services. Viewpoints gathered from rural service providers and leaders
of Native American organizations will be shared during the presentation.
Richardson and Marble: WHAT'S
THE CATCH? Occupational Communication Specialists: Meeting the Needs
of Traditionally-Underserved Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, and Late-Deafened Consumers
hard-of-hearing, and late-deafened Vocational Rehabilitation consumers
present numerous complicating factors that hamper successful employment
outcomes. Occupational Communication Specialists (OCSes) should expedite
and ease consumers' integration into the workforce through an array of
services only they can offer. We will demonstrate how the roles of OCSes
and interpreters differ yet complement one another. Through case scenarios,
we will discuss some common barriers and ethical dilemmas that are unique
to OCSes. Finally, we will furnish attendees with some resources to establish
OCSes in their own communities.
- Deaf students can learn to
work independently. Teachers can provide guidance while students begin
working on their own. Working independently may be new to some deaf students,
and it may be met with initial resistance. However, thinking for oneself
and working independently are paramount for college success. Students
can learn how to help themselves, tutor their peers, and work on individual
and collaborative projects. Students often gain self-confidence when their
reliance on others decreases.
Distance Learning Program for Educational Interpreters: A Model of Collaboration
Between a Post-Secondary Institution, State Education Agencies and the deaf
- The Distance Opportunities
for Interpreter Training Center at Front Range Community College administers
three distance learning projects. The Educational Interpreting Certificate
Program is a 30 semester hour program offered at a distance for sign language
interpreters who work in K 12 classrooms with students who are deaf and
hard of hearing. This presentation will give participants an overview
of the design, development and delivery structure of the program - looking
at both the opportunities and the challenges. This collaborative model
will be shared as an innovative approach to post-secondary educational
needs of service providers, particularly in the rural areas of the nation.
- Many times in our efforts
to offer rehabilitative services to people with acquired hearing loss
we forget about the PERSON behind the ear. We may be quick to prescribe
hearing aids, ALD's, and notetakers for school or work while the PERSON
is still trying to believe and accept the reality and ramifications of
a severe hearing loss. How often do we overlook the underlying issues
of grief and loss and move too fast with more concrete solutions? When
a person with hearing loss is experiencing grief reactions related to
their hearing loss, they may not be ready to wear hearing aids, use ALD's,
or embark on new career path training. This workshop will address typical
grief reactions, and explore ways to assist clients through tasks of mourning.
Ideas of how to integrate grief work into interactions with clients will
also be addressed.
What is the Rehabilitation
Act and how does it affect the service delivery system for people with
disabilities? In this session, you will learn about the content and
intent of the Rehabilitation Act and how it has been shaped through
a history of public input. The Rehabilitation Act is up for reauthorization
in 2003, what are the recommendations for change from the Deaf, deaf-blind
and hard of hearing community?
FRIDAY, April 11, 2003
(1 hr 15 min sessions)
Schroedel, Ashmore, Watson,
& Rodriguez: The National
Research Agenda for the Postsecondary Career Training of Students
with Hearing Loss: A Forum for Service Professionals
- This Agenda was developed
as a "master blue print" to initiate federally funded research
on the postsecondary career preparation of these students. A critical
paucity of such studies has deprived service professionals from research-based
knowledge to enhance postsecondary education opportunities and outcomes.
This presentation will describe the need for this Agenda, it's conceptual
framework, goals, and exemplary research projects. The participation of
consumers across the entire process of designing, conducting, disseminating,
and using research project findings will be emphasized. Ample time will
be allocated for an extensive discussion by session participants of the
Agenda and related research projects.
Sargent, Clay, & Azure:
Native Hand Talkers:
Indigenous Deaf Culture in the U.S.
- American Indians and Alaska
Natives who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or Deaf-Blind need culturally sensitive
services to assist in communication necessary for success in transition,
independent living, and participation in vocational rehabilitation processes.
This presentation will cover information developed by the American Indian
Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (AIRRTC) at Northern Arizona
University, in collaboration with the National Multicultural Interpreter
Project and the Intertribal Deaf Council and focus on: American Indian World
View and Cultural Identity, Attitudes, Values, and Behaviors; Language Use
and Cultural Vocabularies; Identity, Roles and Status in Indian Community
Life; Traditional Spiritual Practices and View of "Medicine";
Ceremonies and Community Events; and American Indian Deaf Organizations.
- Deaf inmates are underserved
due to both geographic and attitudinal barriers. Focused on a population
of profoundly deaf, signing offenders, this presentation provides essential
information about ADA compliance and communication strategies designed to
reach deaf persons behind bars. What barriers to prison services exist for
deaf individuals and deaf individuals with minimal language skills? What
strategies can be used to overcome these barriers?
Olson & Sherlock: Wedding
Planning: How to Marry Students with Hearing Loss and Employers
Hosting a career fair for
people with hearing loss might seem daunting. While the amount of details
is similar to wedding planning, the payoff in matching students with
employers and developing community ties is well worth the effort. You
can do this too! At this session we will outline the steps, personnel
and capital involved. Learn from our challenges and accomplishments!
Smith, Bersani, & Gallimore:
Be a Place That Will Change My Life: Perceptions of 10 High School
Seniors Who are Deaf From the Pacific NW
- What are deaf high school
students thinking about as they prepare to transition to college? Do they
feel well prepared? A qualitative study was conducted investigate the
perspectives of 10 high school seniors who are deaf as they prepared to
transition to college. The participants included young men and women from
the northwest who attended mainstream and residential education settings.
Interviews were structured to elicit participants' perspectives on a variety
of topics including: selection of college, past and future support from
school, family, and community, anticipation and fears, and how well high
school prepared the students for this transition. Themes emerged that
will be of interest to parents, rehabilitation counselors, transition
specialists, educators, and service providers.
Your Education: Options for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
- Interested in how YOU can advise
students with their financial aid options? This presentation provides all
the answers! Many avenues exist to secure financial assistance for postsecondary
education: SSI, SSDI, Vocational Rehabilitation, Federal and State grants,
Tax credits, Student and Parent loans, and Scholarships. Come and learn
how you can easily access current information about all these topics. You'll
depart able to immediately advise students who are deaf and hard of hearing
about how they can actively and easily pursue these choices. This presentation
will explain the financial aid process in layman's terms, offer lots of
advice about how to maximize opportunities, and direct you to a tremendous
Just Deaf: Working with individuals who experience hearing loss and
- In the deaf community, individuals
who experience developmental disabilities are one of the largest bunderserved
populations. Due to the multiple service barriers (i.e. communication,
level of independent living skills, mobility, modes of processing information),
service providers find themselves ill equipped in providing appropriate
services. This presentation will provide participants an overview of the
medical and psychosocial aspects of developmental disabilities and how
it relates to the deaf community. Participants will also leave with a
"tool kit" filled with new service strategies. As well, participants
will learn a new service philosophy that is transferable to most underserved
Under the Workforce Investment
Act, One-Stop Centers are mandated to be universally accessible. In this
session we will discuss a Department of Labor grant to the Center on Self-Determination
at the Oregon Health & Science University that has been working with
several One-Stop Centers in Oregon to specifically address the issue of
universal access for "customers" who experience a disability.
Our case study will specifically focus on customers who are deaf and hard
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