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Stay informed with MCDHH’s new webpage dedicated to COVID-19 (coronavirus) resources
As always, it is our priority at MCDHH to improve the lives and opportunities of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Missourians. One of the many ways we do this is by bringing the community together for exciting, empowering events. However, after careful consideration of information regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation, we believe it is the safest decision to cancel some of our events. The following events will be cancelled:
Six Flags Deaf & Hard of Hearing Awareness Day
ALL Deaf and Hard of Hearing Empowerment Symposiums
We will continue to monitor the facts surrounding COVID-19 and consider the health and safety of our other events accordingly. Meanwhile, we will keep working with various state agencies to ensure that the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community has access to information and resources to protect against COVID-19.
The Missouri 911 Service Board has released a document called “Working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Missourians in Emergencies Related to COVID-19,” which was developed in conjunction with MCDHH. Access it on their resource page here.
Read the new COVID-19 policies for the Missouri SSP Program at http://mcdhh.mo.gov/coronavirus
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resources
2020 MCDHH Commission Meetings
Thursday, June 18
October, Date TBD
Community COVID-19 Resources and Announcements
Learn more about teleconferencing accessibility with these tips for including Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals here.
The University of Colorado – Denver’s Center for Inclusive Design and Engineering has developed a visual communication card specifically for COVID-19. Click here to access the card to aid in communication between health professionals and Deaf or hard of hearing patients.
From Missouri Assistive Technology:
Effective as of March 20th, Missouri Assistive Technology will be suspending our device loan program, ETC. We will place any loan requests on a wait list.On April 5th, we will reassess the suspension and determine if it is appropriate to again begin making device loans. As a result of the COVID-19 situation, we feel this is an appropriate policy that helps protect everyone’s health and safety. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any questions, please contact David Baker at Dbaker@mo-at.org or via phone at (816)655-6707. We apologize for any inconvenience this may create, but it is necessary in light of the current national emergency.
In the Community
March 30 & 31
CANCELED: Power Up Conference 2020
MoAD Meeting, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at DeafLEAD in Columbia
NBDA Midwestern Regional Conference
Click here to watch the announcement vlog.
MoAD Meeting, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in Kansas City
MoAD Meeting, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in Springfield
Hiring Events Near You
Click here to learn about hiring events in your area from the Missouri Division of Workforce Development.
DREAM BIG Career Camp serves transition-age students with disabilities who plan to attend 2- or 4-year college or trade/technical school. The goal is to help students explore the range of career options that are available. DREAM BIG hosts three one-week long camps during the summer where students visit top employers in the St. Louis region to engage with disability welcoming workplaces. To learn more about dates, eligibility, and pricing, please contact Danielle Giuffrida at email@example.com or (314) 588-7090.
Calling all Missouri educational interpreters! You are invited to participate in the following survey:
My name is Peggy Belt and I am a graduate student in the Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies and Communication Equity (MAISCE) program at St. Catherine University. I am conducting a study on the experiences of educational interpreters in the state of Missouri. As part of my study, I will be conducting an online survey to obtain information on the experiences of educational interpreters working in Missouri, as well as on the type of work performed, and the professional development opportunities offered to them. The purpose of this study is to contribute to the knowledge base of the educational interpreting field in Missouri. This study is important because the results can guide policy and educational programs that will benefit the educational interpreters of this state. From the survey, I will solicit volunteers to interview to gain insight into their experiences of working in the K-12 setting. The online survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. The interview is expected to be approximately 1 hour with the researcher and will be audio and video recorded through the program Zoom.
If you are an educational interpreter working in a Missouri school district and are willing to participate in the survey, you may follow this link.
This study has been approved by the St. Catherine University Institutional Review Board (#1386). You may contact the IRB office with any questions at 651-690-6204 or firstname.lastname@example.org. My research advisor is Dr. Erica Alley who you may also contact by phone at (651) 690-6018, by videophone at (612) 255-3386, or by email at email@example.com. You may contact me directly at (573) 999-1625 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to hearing from you.
Looking for resources for legal interpreting? Check out Project CLIMB’s mentoring toolkit here.
National Black Deaf Advocates (NBDA) has a scholarship opportunity available for Black Deaf/hard of hearing/DeafBlind students attending college or university. Learn more at https://nbda.org/content/scolarships. Deadline for applications is Friday, April 10, 2020.
Missouri Technology Corporation is now accepting applications for funds to help launch and grow high-tech startups headquartered in Missouri through Missouri IDEA (Innovation, Development, and Entrepreneurship Advancement) Funds. Missouri IDEA Funds are a co-investment opportunity that promotes the formation and growth of businesses that engage in the transfer of science and technology into job creation. The funds provide financing to eligible businesses through four components that correspond to the four stages of growth for investment-grade, high-growth enterprises. Applications are being accepted for the following IDEA Funds programs: Missouri TechLaunch & Seed Capital Co-Investment Program For more information about these programs, please click on the links above, or visit missouritechnology.com. The application deadline for IDEA Funds is November 14.
The Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development has new apprenticeship opportunities for people with disabilities. Learn more online here.
Interested in teaching? Use this website to stay up-to-date on open positions for teachers of the Deaf and hard of hearing in Missouri.
Northeastern University’s Center for Atypical Language Interpreting has two modules available now, with two more on the way! Each is worth 0.1 RID CEUs. Access them here.
CANCELED: Language Acquisition for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children: Challenges and Solutions