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E-News (July 23, 2021)

July 23, 2021

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Join the MCDHH Team: Now Hiring a Staff Interpreter

July 16, 2021

Are you looking for an opportunity to work in a highly visible and respected state agency? Do you have what it takes to blend with a creative, talented, and innovative team? This may be the job for you! MCDHH is currently looking for applicants to fill the position of Staff Interpreter. Learn more and apply here.

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Missouri Interpreters Conference: Call for Presentations

June 24, 2021

MCDHH is soliciting presentation proposals for the 2021 Missouri Interpreters Conference. In order to best serve the professional development needs of all conference participants, proposals are requested for program offerings at all levels. Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

  • Diversity/Inclusion
  • Religious Interpreting
  • LGBTQ+
  • Slang
  • Music
  • Ethics
  • DeafBlind
  • Deaf Culture
  • Educational
  • Hard of Hearing
  • BEI Testing
  • Medical
  • Legal
  • Vocabulary
  • COVID-19
  • Idioms
  • Storytelling
  • Classifiers
One compensation package will be available per presentation. The lead presenter shall negotiate how compensation will be divided amongst co-presenters. In addition to conference registration, the compensation package will include one night at the conference hotel OR an honorarium. Please contact Laurie Lister for additional honorarium and registration information, or for any special requests at (573) 526-5205 or laurie.lister@mcdhh.mo.gov. All complete proposals need to be submitted to the MCDHH office no later than July 8 The abstract form must be completed and sent with attachments to: Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing 3216 Emerald Lane, Suite B Jefferson City, MO 65109 Email: workshopproposals@mcdhh.mo.gov Access the workshop application form and more information online at https://mcdhh.mo.gov/interpreters/conference

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MCDHH Announces New Executive Director: Cathee Wolford

April 1, 2021

Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is pleased to announce the selection of its seventh Executive Director: Cathee Wolford. The first woman to lead the MCDHH staff will officially start in her new role on May 4, 2021. Ms. Wolford brings with her 28 years of experience working with people who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. She most recently served as Assistant Director of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing and Assistive Technology with Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) and was previously the District Supervisor for the Joplin VR Office and a VR counselor for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in North Kansas City. Ms. Wolford earned her bachelor’s degree in social work from William Woods University and master’s in social work (MSW) from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in social work through Tulane University. Born to Deaf parents in Illinois, Ms. Wolford grew up using both American Sign Language and speech methods. She is a second generation member of a Deaf family. She moved to Missouri in 1992. Her mother, Sharlene Haney, had Usher Syndrome and set an example to never let her Deafness as an excuse. Although her mother passed away in May 2020, Ms. Wolford will be carrying on her passion for Deaf collectivism into her new role with MCDHH. Involvement with MCDHH is not new to Ms. Wolford. She has been a member of the Board for Certification of Interpreters (BCI) since 2012, and has served as the chairperson since 2018. Ms. Wolford has also assisted with planning for the Missouri Interpreters Conference and Deaf and Hard of Hearing Empowerment Symposium, and participated on the selection committee for the Hearing Aid Distribution Program (HADP) since it was established in 2019. Ms. Wolford’s other organizational involvements include: President-Elect of Missouri Rehabilitation Association—Heart of Missouri Chapter, Missouri Assistive Technology Council member, Diversity and Inclusion Committee member with Missouri VR, and former chapter member of the Missouri Association of the Deaf (MoAD). Outside of professional life, Ms. Wolford collects M&Ms memorabilia and is an 1980s arcade game enthusiast. She is a diehard Pittsburgh Steelers fan. She lives in Jefferson City with her four cats: Mello Yello, Gizmo, Othello, and Shado.   cathee wolford headshot

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Upcoming TEP Sessions

February 3, 2021

MCDHH will resume offering the BEI Test of English Proficiency (TEP) on a limited basis beginning at the end of this month. Testing appointments are available on February 26 (MO residents only), March 18 (MO residents only), March 29, and April 23. Please note that each testing date has its own deadline for paperwork and payment to register.   All of these sessions will be held at the James C. Kirkpatrick Building in Jefferson City, MO. We will continue to follow special procedures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.   For more information about the test and how to register, please read our Spring 2021 Offsite TEP Checklist: https://mcdhh.mo.gov/assets/sites/12/TEP-Checklist-Offsite-Spring-2021.2.pdf For more information about our safety precautions, please read our COVID-19 TEP Testing Procedures: https://mcdhh.mo.gov/assets/sites/12/covid-19-testing-procedures.april2021-1.pdf

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