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E-News (April 24, 2015)

April 24, 2015

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Scholarships Offered for Rural Educational Interpreters

April 9, 2015

DESE is funding scholarships for Educational Interpreters to attend skill development training at William Woods University July 6-17, 2015. The scholarship includes training, housing and meals. The focus of this training is sign language interpreters primarily working in rural areas of Missouri so that they can increase their level of certification and licensure to best educate Deaf students and to maintain employment in their district.  We will consider all applicants with those in rural settings receiving priority acceptance. The State of Missouri has adopted the BEI certification system for interpreters developed by Texas and the University of Arizona.  It is a sound evaluation that is reliable, valid and legally defensible.  It is very different from the system that Missouri has been using for over 20 years.  Interpreters who do not currently hold a level 3 (Intermediate/Basic) or higher will take the new assessment when their current certification expires.  This means that this is a critical time for some interpreters to increase skills in order to continue working in their school district.  Please encourage your sign language interpreters to attend this training.  It is fully funded to make it affordable for them. If you would like to participate, please click on the link to fill out the form. Participants will be immersed in an all signing environment in order to improve sign communication skills. Professor Becky Davis will be teaching sign language skills and Dr. Barbara Garrett teaching interpreting skills. Questions or comments regarding this course may be directed to: Dee Sanfilippo, (573) 526-5205 or Dee.Sanfilippo@mcdhh.mo.gov

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MCDHH Statement on the Use of Assistive Technology in Medical Settings

April 9, 2015

The Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH) has received a lot of questions concerning the use of Assistive Technology in medical settings. MCDHH functions as an agency of the state to advocate for public policies, regulations, and programs to improve the quality and coordination of existing services for individuals with hearing loss, and to promote new services whenever necessary. As part of our commitment to improve the lives and opportunities of all Missourians with hearing loss, we occasionally release position statements about issues important to our constituents. While we have no role or opinion regarding specific new products for deaf or hard of hearing citizens of our state, we strongly support the use of services and assistive devices that are the most appropriate and beneficial for the individual people who use them. To determine the most appropriate communication method, the individual should first be consulted regarding their preferred mode of communication.  We would encourage businesses to provide communication that is tailor-made to individuals when this is appropriate and feasible.  We expect all people to comply with legal requirements set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) http://www.ada.gov/hospcombrprt.pdf.

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Certified Deaf Interpreters (CDI) training

April 8, 2015

Esteemed Missourians: As part of our mandates to ensure Missourians with Hearing Loss have access to communication mode that will serve their needs best; MCDHH is excited to partner with William Wood University to sponsor a 40 hour Certified Deaf Interpreters (CDI) training in Missouri. Currently, there is no single CDI in the entire state of Missouri; despite the demand for their service. We have also seen an upward trend in the use of CDI to interpret in high profile settings. In order to address this shortage and to empower native users of ASL in Missouri, MCDHH met with stakeholders in the community to deliberate on the modality. Applications from prospective candidates are now being accepted until May 8th, 2015.

--“We are stronger when we speak with one accord; we are mightier when we walk in unity!!!”

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Proposed Rule Amendment on Certification Maintenance

April 1, 2015

MCDHH has filed a Proposed Rule Amendment on Certification Maintenance. The Proposed Amendment was published in the Missouri Register today, April 1st. The comment period, which is 30 days, is open until May 1, 2015. Please click on the link for more details.

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