Professional Development and Outreach


Western Region Interpreter Education Center – The WRIEC provides continuing education opportunities throughout the Western US and the Pacific Rim Islands for interpreters working in sign language, oral and cued speech environments, and for interpreter educators. In addition video- and audio-taped materials and WRIEC-produced telecourses are available for loan, free of charge, from the WRIEC Lending Library.


Pepnet 2 at WOU – Pepnet 2 (pn2), a US Department of Education grant focused on improving postsecondary outcomes for students who are deaf/hard of hearing, has a long history of collaboration with Western Oregon University. WOU is proud to have been an outreach site for this project since 1997, and is currently an important component of a national team which provides technical assistance to all 50 states, and the US territories and freely associated states such as Guam, American Samoa, CNMI, and the Virgin Islands   We assist people with questions ranging from how to accommodate hard of hearing and deaf students, to the newest updates in technology. See for information, or contact WOU staff Heather Holmes at


RCDHHA (Rehabilitation Counseling with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Adults) – WOU offers a national in-service training program for active rehabilitation and other social service professionals who wish to enhance their skills and knowledge relative to services for deaf and hard of hearing adults. One four-week session is offered each summer and full scholarships are awarded to each participant. Click here for 2017 program information. Application due date: April 3, 2017.





Elisa M. Maroney, Ph.D. Professor Regional Resource Center on Deafness . 503-838-8735 Konnie Sayers, Administrative Assistant Regional Resource Center on Deafness . 503-838-8444