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  • Happy Holidays from the Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing!

    Friday, December 20, 2013

    Dear friends and supporters of ODHH,
    May the upcoming holidays bring you cheers and a happy new year. Best wishes in 2014!

    With regards,
    ODHH staff

    ODHH Staff 2013

    Front row, left to right: Trevor Kosa, Suzanne Mannella, Berle Ross, Lucas Doelman, Pat Moed, Pamela Reeves
    Back row, left to right: Brian Clark, Steve Peck, Kelly Robison, William Crites, Jacki Borde, Eric Raff
    On vacation: Claudia Foy

  • FCC Adopts New Rules To Make Video Devices Accessible To People With Disabilities

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

    Forwarding on behalf of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) -
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 29, 2013
    NEWS MEDIA CONTACT:Janice Wise: (202) 418-8165, Janice.Wise@fcc.gov

    FCC ADOPTS NEW RULES TO MAKE VIDEO DEVICES ACCESSIBLE TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
    Order Represents Final Milestone in FCC’s Implementation of Landmark Law Making Digital Communications More Accessible

    Washington, D.C. – The Federal Communications Commission today adopted rules that will enable people who are blind or visually impaired to have easier access to digital video programming on a wide range of electronic devices. The rules will also enable consumers who are deaf or hard of hearing to activate closed captioning on their devices with greater ease.

    This action represents the final major step in the FCC’s implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA), enacted in 2010 to bring people with disabilities access to the modern and innovative communications technologies of the twenty-first century. The CVAA is the most significant accessibility legislation since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). As a result of the FCC’s implementation of the CVAA, more than 50 million Americans will have greater access to advanced communications.

    Devices covered under the rules adopted today include navigation devices – devices used to access cable or satellite services, such as set-top boxes and TiVos – as well as other devices used to receive or play back digital video, ranging from televisions and computers to tablets and smartphones. All covered devices are required to provide on-screen text menus and guides that are audibly accessible, as well as a mechanism that is comparable to a button, key or icon for activating certain accessibility features, such as closed captioning. Devices other than navigation devices are also required to make their other built-in functions accessible.

    The Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking implements Sections 204 and 205 of the CVAA. Its provisions include flexibility for small entities through extended compliance deadlines, outreach requirements to inform the public about the availability of accessibility options, and a procedure for complaints. The Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeks comment on a number of areas where the current record is insufficient.

    The CVAA has helped ensure that people with disabilities are not left out of the digital revolution by requiring design features that improve accessibility in telephones and television, as well as on the Internet and in new devices, applications, and services. The FCC has played a key role in implementing the Act through initiatives that have already provided enormous benefits to consumers, including the following:

    • More than 50 million Americans with disabilities have greater access to advanced communications services, such as text messaging, e-mail, and distant messaging and the equipment used with these services, such as smartphones, personal computers, laptops, and tablets.
    • 36 million Americans who are deaf or have hearing loss can watch television programs with closed captions when those programs are re-shown over the Internet, and soon they will be able to use their cell phones, tablets and other portable wireless devices to watch these programs with captions.
    • 25 million Americans who are blind or visually impaired can enjoy TV programs with video description and send an email or instant message on a smart phone.
    • Thousands of people who are deaf-blind can receive accessible communication devices so they can make telephone calls and access the Internet, to work, learn, and shop, like everyone else.
    • Americans with disabilities are able to locate accessible communication products and services through the Commission’s new accessibility clearinghouse at http://apps.fcc.gov/accessibility clearinghouse/.
    • And, as a result of today's actions, 25 million Americans who are blind or visually impaired will be able to navigate menus on a range of devices that show video programming, with access to captioning facilitated for an additional 36 million Americans.

    Action by the Commission October 29, 2013, by Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FCC 13-138). Acting Chairwoman Clyburn and Commissioner Rosenworcel with Commissioner Pai approving in part, concurring in part. Acting Chairwoman Clyburn, Commissioners Rosenworcel and Pai issuing statements.

    For additional information, contact Adam Copeland at (202) 418-1037 or Adam.Copeland@fcc.gov or Maria Mullarkey at (202) 418-1067 or Maria.Mullarkey@fcc.gov.

  • Seattle Communication Specialist Position

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

    Job Description

    Position title: Communication Specialist

    Location: HSDC, 1625 19th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

    Immediate Supervisor: Director of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services

    Department: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services

    Effective Date: December 2, 2013

    Position Summary Description:

    Case management, peer counseling and coping skills to work with individuals who lost hearing later in life or who are hard of hearing. Provide and promote HSDC-Seattle Case Management, Outreach and Advocacy Services with assistance to Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Late-Deafened clients in Region 4&6: King, Snohomish, Kitsap, Jefferson and Clallam Counties.

    Employment at HSDC is an “at-will” relationship. HSDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    Position Duties & Responsibilities:

    Provide client assistance, case management and advocacy in dealing with public and private agencies through peer counseling and the development and implementation of an action plan to remove communication and/or independent living barriers.

    Develop and implement an action plan to train government agencies, human service organizations, and other appropriate entities on communication access, legal responsibilities and the cultural and linguistic needs of the Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing.

    Assist in developing and maintaining cooperative relationships with governmental, community organizations, and agencies providing resources for clients.

    Develop and implement an action plan to familiarize or train Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened people concerning government, legal, communication, and community, cultural and self-advocacy issues.

    Maintain appropriate and confidential case files, records and statistical data on all client contact and counseling in accordance with the policies and procedures of HSDC.

    Work as a team member of HSDC and the community to improve and enrich the lives of Deaf, Deaf-Blind , Late Deafened and Hard of Hearing in the communities served.

    Prepare monthly reports on services provided.

    Other duties as assigned.

    Equipment Used:

    Microsoft Office, including word, Outlook, Power Point, Publisher and Excel

    Telephone, TTY, Videophone

    General office equipment, such as printer, copier, fax machine

    Required/Preferred Qualifications:

    Preferred fluent in ASL or willingness to learn ASL and good computer skills required.

    Bachelors degree or higher; experience in deafness, education, public speaking, counseling and/or related fields.

    Knowledge of Deaf Culture and legal rights of Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing.

    Minimum of two years experience in case management.

    Proficient in written English and the ability to collect and monitor data.

    Ability to work positively with community members and fellow staff.

    Individual should be self-directed, flexible, highly organized, able to prioritize, and exercise a high degree of independent judgment and confidentiality.

    Willingness to travel is essential as well as work evening and weekend hours as needed. Drivers license, accessible vehicle and valid Washington auto insurance preferred.

    Environmental Demands:

    (e.g., Usual office conditions)

    Professional office environment, typically Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm with flexibility for to work evening and weekend hours as needed.

    Physical & Mental Demands:

    (e.g., Usual office conditions)

    Sitting for long intervals and extensive use of a computer

    APPLICATION PROCESS:

    1. Resume

    2. Include three references of which one should be work-related.

    3. Prepare a cover letter that specifically addresses how you are suited to undertake the main tasks and possess the qualifications outlined in these job details.

    4. Please send your cover letter and resume to:

    Ariele Belo, Director of Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services, HSDC, 1625 19th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

    Or e-mail to: abelo@hsdc.org

  • Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Transitions to Aging and Long-Term Support Administration

    Tuesday, December 17, 2013

    This month, the Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH) is transitioning to the Department of Social and Health Service’s Aging and Long-Term Support Administration (ALTSA) http://adsaweb.dshs.wa.gov/documents/orgcharts/ALTSAOrgChart.pdf.

    The organization chart will be updated to reflect that the Director of ODHH will report directly to Assistant Secretary, Bill Moss. In addition to continuing the excellent work already being done by ODHH, this organizational change will help ODHH focus on client services, which are better aligned with the mission of ALTSA. We expect this realignment will bring new opportunities to better serve ODHH clients and clients of the Department of Social and Health Services.

    ALTSA offers services to empower senior citizens and people with disabilities to remain independent and supported within settings of their choice. ALTSA also protects the safety, rights, security, and well-being of people in licensed or certified care settings and protects vulnerable adults from abuse, neglect, abandonment, and exploitation.

    Aging and Long-Term Support Administration

    http://www.altsa.dshs.wa.gov/

    Vision

    Seniors and people with disabilities living with good health, independence, dignity, and control over the decisions that affect their lives

    Mission

    To transform lives by promoting choice, independence and safety through innovative services

    Values

    Collaboration ~ Respect ~ Accountability ~ Compassion

    ODHH promotes equal access opportunities so people who are deaf, hard of hearing and deaf-blind may participate in or benefit from DSHS programs, services and activities. ODHH provides reasonable accommodations and appropriate services to promote effective communication. ODHH provides telecommunications and client services to individuals and families so they may enjoy self-sufficiency.

    The business plan and service delivery of ODHH will continue as it is provided today. This realignment is intended to create better visibility for ODHH, and to create opportunities to provide service across a broader population. The ODHH business plan will be integrated into the ALTSA strategic plan and ODHH will remain a Division and retain its identity as ODHH.

    As we transition, services will remain intact, the people we serve will be the same and our office will temporarily remain at DSHS Headquarters until space is available at ALTSA Headquarters in Lacey. If you have any questions regarding ODHH’s transition to ALTSA please contact me directly at 360-915-5835 or eric.raff@dshs.wa.gov.

    Sincerely,
    Eric Raff, Director


  • Job Opportunity

    Tuesday, November 19, 2013

    WA State Job Bulletin – Assistive Communication Technology Program Manager

    ODHH invites applications for the position of Social and Health Services Program Consultant 1. Applicants can apply online here: http://careers.wa.gov/index.html and type 11904 in the keyword search. Or, if you click here, it takes you to the job posting. SHPC1 11904 position.

    The deadline to apply is December 9, 2012.

    Please share with your friends and colleagues.

  • DSHS Sign Language Interpreter Survey

    Wednesday, November 13, 2013

    The DSHS Sign Language Interpreter Contract will expire on June 30, 2014. In preparing for the new contract, we are conducting a basis survey for both certified and non-certified interpreters to fill out. The survey will be available on ODHH’s website from November 13, 2013 until March 31, 2014. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/InterpreterRates - Please take a moment to complete this survey.

  • Executive Director for the State Rehabilitation Council

    Wednesday, November 13, 2013

    Dear Stakeholders,

    Forwarding on behalf of DSHS/Division of Vocational Rehabilitation –

    DSHS is seeking applicants to apply for this position. To view the posting please click here Executive Director for the State Rehabilitation Council 11641 . Please feel free to send this link to prospective applicants.

  • Information on How to File a Discrimination Complaint

    Friday, November 08, 2013

    For individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or deaf-blind facing discrimination when attempting to access employment, state/local government agencies, business, nonprofit, housing, airports, health care, mental health, education, or captioning, the Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing developed a resource listing of agencies to contact for assistance on where to file a complaint. That information is available on our new webpage under General Information for Consumers and Professionals: http://www.dshs.wa.gov/odhh/resources/information.shtml

  • Advisory Vote on HB1971

    Thursday, November 07, 2013

    Dear friends and supporters of ODHH,

    ODHH has received some inquiries expressing concerns about the recent Advisory Vote No.6 on House Bill 1971 that changed ODHH funding from telephone taxes to state funds.

    Information about advisory votes here:
    https://wei.sos.wa.gov/agency/osos/en/press_and_research/PreviousElections/2013/General-Election/Documents/OVG_AVs.pdf

    Information about the November results on HB 1971 here:
    http://vote.wa.gov/results/20131105/Advisory-Votes-Advisory-Vote-No-6-Second-Engrossed-Second-Substitute-House-Bill-1971-Concerns-a-retail-sales-tax-exemption-for-certain-telephone-and-telecommunications-services.html

    Information about House Bill 1971 here:
    http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=1971
    (See Section 109 concerning ODHH)

    It is unlikely the legislators will reconsider HB1971 during the 2014 legislative session. However, ODHH will monitor for any legislative bills that will have an impact on ODHH.

    Sincerely,
    Eric Raff, Director

  • Preproposal Statement of Inquiry (CR-101)

    It came to our attention that the CR-101 rule filing did not include the link to the drafted WAC sections that we are soliciting comments on.  

    For more information about the proposed standards and the drafted WAC sections itself, click here:
    http://www.dshs.wa.gov/odhh/ReasonableAccommodations/SLIM/court.shtml
    (Standards for Sign Language Interpreters in Courts are Sections 388-818-500 through 388-818-670)

    The table below contains the listing of DSHS' current Preproposal Statement of Inquiry (CR-101) rule filings.

    CR 101 Amending Chapter 388-818 WAC

    The department is amending Chapter 388-818 WAC, formally establishing standards for sign language interpreters to interpret in legal proceedings, with a new sub-section. Other related changes that arise during this rule-making may be incorporated. http://www.dshs.wa.gov/pdf/ms/rpau/101-13-21-129.pdf

  • Northwest ADA Center Vacancy

    https://uwhires.admin.washington.edu/eng/candidates/default.cfm?szCategory=jobprofile&szOrderID=101074&szCandidateID=0&szReturnToSearch=1

    Description:

    The Center for Continuing Education in Rehabilitation (CCER) is dedicated to promoting access and inclusion for people with disabilities through education, collaboration and connection to resources.  CCER is a part of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington.  The Northwest ADA Center is a program within CCER which provides information, training, and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to all constituencies within Region 10 (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington).

    The Department of Rehabilitation Medicine has an outstanding opportunity for a Continuing Education Coordinator.  The position reports to the Director of Northwest ADA Center Programs.  Organizationally, the position is part of the Center for Continuing Educations in Rehabilitation (CCER) which is housed within the University of Washington, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine.

    Job Duties and Responsibilities

    Conduct, design and implement training on all titles of the ADA for individuals and organizations within the Federal Region 10.  This training may occur face-to-face or via distance education. Provide on-site accessibility assessments of building and other facilities. Develop and complete systematic evaluations in order to provide useful feedback regarding outcomes to sponsors, clients, administrators, staff and other relevant constituencies regarding Northwest ADA Center technical assistance and training.

    Provide technical assistance in complex cases, continuing education and technical consultation services related to compliance of facility and public rights-of-way with accessibility provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other -related federal and state requirements for professionals, businesses, state and local government agencies and consumers for a four state region (Region 10 -Washington, Alaska, Idaho and Oregon). Provide technical assistance and training on employment provisions of the ADA and other employment-related federal and state statutes. Technical assistance and continuing education may occur by telephone, email, face-to-face or via distance education. Liaise with architects, engineers, building officials and others requiring specialized knowledge of accessibility-related standards and codes and transportation regulations. Collaborate with the National ADA Network as requested/needed.

    Manage the Northwest ADA Center ADA Trainer Network (ATN) including organizational development, implementation and support of the program.  Provide training, evaluation and ongoing technical support for all participants within Region 10 on the ATN training program in support of the mission of the Northwest ADA Center. This includes working with the Regional State Affiliates to manage and implement the program in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington States.

    Design, develop, produce and evaluate accessible technical assistance documents, web content, training resources and curriculum for the Northwest ADA Center federal grant H133A110015.  Assist with writing and submitting requests for program training and research.

    As directed, investigate opportunities for funding and project development, including the establishment of partnerships for such activities.

    Attend appropriate academic and continuing education programs to remain up to date and informed of major trends in the field or rehabilitation and to related skills and knowledge.

    Assist in the compilation and writing of grant progress reports.

    Work with all staff at CCER to develop and conduct training programs and provide assistance to self-directed work teams addressing other Northwest ADA Center and CCER Activities.

    Lead Responsibilities:

    Manage the Northwest ADA Center ADA Trainer Network (ATN) including organizational development, implementation and support of the program.

    REQUIREMENTS:

    MA/MS in related field

    3+ years' experience providing curriculum development, design and providing continuing education on a myriad of topics and in multiple formats, as well as providing technical assistance, training and other related services in an ADA or disability related program.

    Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.

    DESIRED:

    Proven ability to develop, design and implement distance education/curriculum.
    Experience working with specific disability population(s)
    Expertise in Assistive Technology
    Condition of Employment:
    Requires ability to travel frequently on a regional and national basis.
  • Deaf Study Recruitment Material

    On behalf of the Professional Educator Standards Board
    This is relating to educational interpreter standards and national interpreting certification. Deadline for public comments is November 14th. The report that is the result of the October 15 workgroup meeting is posted at the link below; feel free to share!

    Send comments directly to me at david.brenna@k12.wa.us.
    https://docs.google.com/a/pesb.wa.gov/file/d/0BzB1kJv-8a4iVW9SZnZMaDRvS0k/edit?usp=sharing

  • Deaf Study Recruitment Material

    On behalf of University of Washington
    Seeking volunteers for a research study being conducted by the Psychology Department at the University of Washington in Seattle

    Are You Deaf?

    Have you had a severe or profound hearing loss (71+ dB) since birth – or before 2 years of age?

    Have you ever wondered happens in your brain when you read? By recording the electrical activity of the brain during reading, we can learn more about the mental processes involved in reading.

    We are seeking research study participants with the following criteria:

    Severe or profound hearing loss since birth or before age 2.
    18-60 years of age
    No history of head injury or epilepsy AND normal or corrected-to-normal vision

    We are researching how written language is processed by the brain in people with
    hearing loss. We will measure the electrical activity in your brain while you read sentences and word pairs in English. To do this, we will place an electrode cap on your head (similar to a water polo cap). Small amounts of water-soluble gel will get in your hair, but will easily wash out. We will also ask you to fill out some questionnaires, including completing a test of reading comprehension.

    If you are a good fit for the study, you may be asked to return for up to three sessions of two hours each. The study will take place on the University of Washington campus in Seattle. You will be compensated up to $135 for your participation and travel expenses.

    If you are interested in taking part in this study, or learning more about it, contact Alison Mehravari at: amehrava@uw.edu or Voice/text: (206) 457-3348

    If you are interested in more information about the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Lab, directed by Prof. Lee Osterhout, please e-mail erplab@uw.edu or call (206) 543-0904.

  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Foster Parents Forum

    WHEN: Tuesday, October 29th, 2013
    TIME: 6:30 - 8:00 pm
    WHERE: 1949 South Street, Room 195, Tacoma, WA
    WHAT: Could you be a caring foster parent for a deaf or hard of hearing child?

    Sign language interpreters and a hearing loop will be provided.

    RSVP by October 23rd to Meri Waterhouse of DSHS' Children's Administration at meri.waterhouse@dshs.wa.gov

    Children's Administration needs foster families for all ages of children, especially children age 12 and older, and children in sibling groups.

    Find out what's needed at a forum featuring deaf and hard of hearing foster parents who provide this care and learn about the supports offered to licensed foster parents.

  • ODHH 2013 Newsletter

    The latest issue of Community Review Newsletter is now available:
    2013 – Summer (PDF)
    2013 – Summer Large Print (PDF)
    2013 – Summer (text)

    ODHH welcomes feedback.
    Thanks and happy reading!

  • 08-29-2013 New ODHH Website Released!

    I am pleased to announce the release of the new ODHH website!  http://www.dshs.wa.gov/odhh The website is an improvement with more information regarding our services, resources, news, community, and about ODHH. We have included awesome new features to improve your experience. Some of these features include:

    Statewide Calendar of Events
    There are many statewide and local events hosted by government agencies, nonprofits and associations that are for the deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind communities. We heard your comments that it is difficult to find those events on various websites. We heard your suggestions that ODHH provide a centralized statewide calendar of events to make it easier to find these events. It is now available! Agencies, nonprofits and associations can submit to us their events online!

    Online Directory of Services
    An online Directory of Services is now available. Select your preferred topic to obtain information about organizations that specialize in that topic. The popular “Directory of Services for People Who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind” publication is limited to organizations in Washington State and the information usually become outdated within a few years. The online Directory now includes national organizations and will be more current!         

    Interactive Maps
    Don’t know who can provide ODHH services in your area? You can now click on counties in a Washington State map to easily find:

    • interpreter referral agencies or interpreters
    • trainers for the telecommunication equipment distribution
    • regional service center of the deaf and hard of hearing

    Please visit our new cyber home! We will continue to make improvements and we welcome your feedback. Send your comments or suggestions to odhh@dshs.wa.gov   

  • 08-10-2013 The Access Fund is Hiring - Applications Due August 22nd

The Access Fund is hiring an Asset Building Coordinator for the Disability Employment Initiative.  The Disability Employment Initiative is a U.S. Department of Labor grant administered by the Governor's Committee on Disability Issues and Employment in collaboration with work source centers in King and Snohomish Counties.  The Asset Building Coordinator will work with the Disability Employment Coordinators in these counties to integrate asset building strategies into the Initiative -- including Financial Education, Microenterprise training and an innovative new fast track Matched Savings Account program designed to help participants pay for assets needed to overcome barriers to employment and self-employment.  

We are actively seeking candidates with disabilities and would appreciate it if you would circulate information about this opening to those who might be interested!  This is posted as a 12 -13 month position!  Applications are due August 22nd.  Thanks so much!

Asset Building Coordinator – Disability Employment Initiative

Individuals with Disabilities Strongly Urged to Apply
DEI Asset Building Coordinator: 

The Washington Access Fund is seeking an energetic candidate to fill a one year position as Asset Building Coordinator for the Disability Employment Initiative.  DEI is a U.S. Department of Labor funded grant designed to improve access, services and outcomes for job seekers with disabilities served by Work Source Centers in King and Snohomish Counties.  The Asset Building Coordinator will work with the Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment (Lead Agency), Disability Resources Coordinators in King and Snohomish County Work Source Centers and other partners to integrate an asset building component into the DEI project.

About the Washington Access Fund: 

The Washington Access Fund is a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution established by and for individuals with disabilities.  Our mission is to promote access to technology and economic opportunity for individuals with disabilities living in Washington state.  The Fund offers affordable financing (low interest loans and matched savings accounts) for assistive technology needed for any purpose and for business equipment needed for employment and self-employment plus related client services.

Website:  http://www.washingtonaccessfund.org

Position Responsibilities: 

    • IDAProject:  Design, implement and evaluates fast track “Work Opportunities” Individual Development (Matched Savings) Account
    • Self-Employment: Identify and address needs of Work Source staff and job seekers around services to individuals interested in self-employment including staff training and navigation assistance to job seekers 
    • Financial Education, Benefits Planning & Other Asset Building Activities: Identify needs of staff and job seekers around financial education, benefits planning and other asset building activities and identify options for meeting such needs including staff training and education and navigation assistance to individual job seekers

Desired Qualifications

    • Minimum 3years experience in relevant field including, for example, disability policy and/or service delivery, financial education and asset building;vocational rehabilitation and/or micro-enterprise training &development
    • Understanding of barriers to employment faced by individuals with disabilities
    • Strong program development and evaluation skills
    • Excellent time management skills, ability to multi-task and to work collaboratively with others
    • Strong writing & public speaking skills; proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
    • Ability to travel to Work Source Centers in King and Snohomish Counties

Salary: Depending upon qualifications with option of health, dental & vision benefits and simple IRA (matches up to 3% of salary). 
FTE:  .8 – 1.0
Start/End Date:  September 10, 2013 (or ASAP) – September 30, 2014
Application Procedure:  Email resume & cover letter to fpennell@washingtonaccessfund.org.  In the cover letter, please specifically address relevant experience & reasons for your interest in this particular position. 
Application Deadline:  August 22, 2013 at 5:00 PM via email. 
Questions:   Please don’t hesitate to contact Executive Director, Frances Pennell, with questions.  206-328-5116 or fpennell@washingtonaccessfund.org.

Frances Pennell
Executive Director
Washington Access Fund
http://www.washingtonaccessfund.org
100 South King, Suite 280
Seattle, WA.  98104
206-328-5116 Phone
206-328-5126 Fax
1-888-494-4775 TTY
fpennell@washingtonaccessfund.org

  • 08-07-2103 Washington Relay Outreach Specialist Job Announcement

Washington Relay is currently recruiting for an Outreach Specialist in Washington State to help market, support and participate in outreach activities sharing information about Washington Relay Services, Captioned Telephone Services and the Telephone Equipment Distribution program.  The selected candidate would be working with and reaching out to individuals who are hard of hearing, deaf, deaf-blind or have a speech disabilities. In addition, this candidate would be educating services providers, families and the general public regarding services and equipment that are available for the individuals being served. If you are passionate about working with others and have experience in customer service and sales, you could be a great addition to our team!

Our ideal candidate will have a great mix of face to face customer service experience as an presenter/exhibitor, sales representative, customer service rep or any number of service-related fields.  You must be a self-motivated individual who is able to seek out opportunities and perusing them without the need of supervision.  You will need a reliable means of transportation to travel throughout the state to events and appointments.

Position Description:

Washington Outreach Specialist. Washington Outreach Specialist will be responsible for introducing and educating deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind and speech-disabled individuals throughout Washington State regarding Washington Relay, Captioned Telephone Services and the Telecommunications Equipment Distribution program.

Captioned Telephone Services

Washington Relay CTS offers a complete state-of-the-art line of Captioned Telephone products and services designed to provide fast, reliable and clear communication for individuals with hearing loss or who have difficulty hearing over the regular telephone or wireless devices. With Washington CTS, individuals with hearing loss are able to read captions during the phone conversations. For more information about Washington Relay, the TED program and CTS, go to www.washingtonrelay.com.

Location:

Washington State

Essential Functions:

Candidates must have great communication and people skills and great personality.
Candidate must be self-motivated and self-starter; able to seek out and pursue outreach opportunities without supervision.
Candidate will be working closely with

  • Senior Citizen communities
  • Hard-of-Hearing or Deaf Communities
  • Deaf-Blind Community
  • Speech-disabled Community

Candidate is expected to educate and provide one-on-one training to the above mentioned communities in regards to using a new telephone technology.

Candidate will provide presentations to groups and/or products exhibition at various events throughout the state, throughout the year.
Candidate must be able to drive and must own a reliable car and a PC.
Candidate must have problem-solving skills in working with people, varying environments and telephone-related technology.
You make your own hours. We will train.

Qualifications:

Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work successfully with senior citizens, people who are deaf or hard of hearing, deaf-blind or have a speech disability.  In addition, a proven ability to work effectively with the community at large.
Strong written and verbal communication skills required.
Fluency in American Sign Language is required.
Extensive customer service experience required.
Adequate computer literacy and technical abilities strongly preferred.
Willing to work a variety of hours and travel.
Familiarity with all MS Office applications.

Compensation:

Competitive Compensation

Interested Candidates may apply by contacting:

Cindy Campbell – Washington Relay Program Manager
cindy.2.campbell@sprint.com

PO Box 416
Neotsu, OR 97364-0416

877-271-7620 Toll Free

  • 07-24-2013 Employment opportunity with the Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Employment opportunity with the Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing located in Olympia, WA!

WA State Job Bulletin - Administrative Assistant 5 – Full Time - Permanent
The Administrative Assistant 5 (AA5) is the principal assistant to the Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Director. The AA5 represents Director as a liaison to Department of Social and Health Services and other stakeholders; administers ODHH operational and business functions.

The Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing invites applications. Applicants can apply online here:
http://careers.wa.gov/index.html and type 07502 in the keyword search. Please feel free to forward this link to individuals that may be interested.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment, please call Paula Canfield at 360.725.5843 or via email at canfipj@dshs.wa.gov

  • 07-10-2013 Professional Educator Standard Board

This is relating to Professional Educator Standard Board establishing educational interpreter standards in classroom settings.

The PESB Agenda for July is now available on our web site: www.PESB.wa.gov

David Brenna
Senior Policy Analyst
Professional Educator Standards Board
360-725-6238
www.pesb.wa.gov

  • 06-19-2013 Nominations

The Washington State Governors Committee on Disability Issues and Employment is calling for nominations of employers who deserve recognition for providing employment opportunities for people with disabilities and for an individual with a disability who has enhanced the empowerment of people with disabilities in the community and the workplace.

Nominations are due AUGUST 30, 2013. A nomination packet is attached to this email message. It can be submitted online at:  http://tinyurl.com/2013-gov For assistance, or to request an application in an alternate format, contact Melinda Johnson, 509.482.3854or email: msjohnson@esd.wa.gov.

Self nominations, as well as nominations by others, are encouraged.
Award winners will be recognized in a ceremony during fall 2013 in Olympia.

For more information about the GCDE or the Governors Employer Awards Program, contact Scott Bellman at 206-685-6222, or email: swb3@uw.edu.

  • 06-03-2013 Statewide Study

    This message is being forwarded on behalf of researchers, Dr. Amy Hebert (MN) and Dr. Cheryl
    Davis (OR).

    Dear Stakeholder,
    You are invited to voluntarily participate in a research study investigating the statewide employment needs of individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf‐blind. This research is being conducted by Dr. Amy Hebert (MN) and Dr. Cheryl Davis (OR). Because of the online nature of the survey, there is no signed consent form. By completing the on‐line survey, you are giving your consent to participate. There is no anticipated risk from participating in this study. There is no monetary or other incentive to participate, and there is no consequence if you decline to participate.

    The benefits include contributing to the knowledge base regarding the employment needs of customers who are deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf‐blind. Results will inform the development of postsecondary programs needed for professionals to serve these customers. The survey consists of 29 questions to be answered with either multiple‐choice, or open‐ended response regarding your experiences and two questions to collect demographic information. You will not be asked for your name.

    All information will be anonymous. All resulting statistics will be kept in a locked office, in a locked file cabinet. All results will be reported aggregately with no identifying or individual information. You may answer all, or part of the questions. Data will be stored for three years in the locked office of Dr. Hebert. After three years the researchers will shred all data.

    Please see the link below to begin the survey.
    http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CustomerNeeds_Assessment

    If you have any questions, please contact one of the researchers below:
    Dr. Amy Hebert Dr. Cheryl Davis
    612‐968‐2588 503‐838‐8053
    Ahebert7@me.com davisc@wou.edu

    If you have any questions about your rights as a subject/participant in this research, or if you feel you have been placed at risk, you can contact the Chair of the Institutional Review Board at (503) 838‐9200 or irb@wou.edu.

  • 04-26-2013 UW Lecture

The University of Washington Disability Studies Program presents a lecture and conversation about the history of disability activism in the US.
  • 04-24-2013 Sign Language Interpreting Services RFQQ

The state of Washington Department of Social and Health Services is initiating this request for Qualification/Quotation to obtain bids from qualified organizations and individuals interested in proving sign language interpreter services for persons who are deaf, deaf-blind, and hard of hearing. DSHS shall accept bids on a quarterly basis as per the procurement schedule in Section B.4
This big window opened on April 24th, 2013. For more information, go to: http://www.des.wa.gov
Click onto Services and look for Bid opportunities.
  • 03-15-2013 Updated Legislative Bills of Interest for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deafblind Stakeholders

    Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Bill Tracking
    2013 Legislative Session
    Bills of Interest for Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind Stakeholders
    Week of March 18, 2013

    SESSION CUTOFF CALENDAR
    March 1st is the first cut-off for fiscal/budget and transportation bills in their houses of origin.  March 13th was the last day to consider bills on the House and Senate floors.  The next cut-off is April 3, 2013, which is the last day to read in committee reports from opposite house, except House fiscal committees and Senate Ways and Means and Transportation committees.  Learn more information about the 2013 Session Cutoff Calendar.   

    ABOUT LEGISLATIVE BILLS
    Note:  Companion Measures are listed separately under House and Senate. The companion bill numbers are in parentheses (  ). Descriptions/Digests of bills with companion measures will be under the House Bill number and not repeated under the Senate Bill numbers. Bills with an asterisk (*) before them, have been added since the previous Bill Tracking Report. You can click on the bill numbers and be taken directly to the complete bill information on the Washington State Legislature’s website. FYI, all committee schedules are subject to change.

    Key:
    SB - Senate Bill. A bill introduced in the Senate.
    HB - House Bill. A bill introduced in the House.
    SSB or SHB - An “S” before a House Bill or a Senate Bill indicates a Substitute Bill. This means the bill was amended from the original version.
    2SSB or 2SHB - A “2” indicates a second substitute. This means the bill was amended by a second committee typically a fiscal committee.
    ESB or EHB - An “E” indicates an engrossed bill. This means the bill was amended on the floor of the chamber before it passed out of the house of origin.


    Additional Help with Abbreviations
    FYI - Click on the link (bill number) for more information about the bill.  If you want to comment on the bill, click on “Comment on this bill” next to the bill number.

    HOUSE BILLS 
    2SHB 1024  Addressing service animals
    Description:  Revises the state civil rights act to align state law with federal law with regard to service animals and discrimination in real estate transactions.
    Status:  Mar 13 Returned to Rules Committee for second reading.

    SHB 1144 - Regarding qualifications for educational interpreters. 
    Description: Requires that, by the 2016-17 school year, all educational interpreters in public schools meet a standards established by the Professional Educator Standards Board on an interpreter assessment. Requires that all educational interpreters by the 2019-20 school year also achieve National Interpreter Certification from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.
    Status:  Mar 18 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education at 1:30 PM. (Subject to change)

    HB1356 – Mandating coverage for hearing aids
    Description: Requires insurance coverage for hearing aids.
    Status: This bill did not make the cutoff date and may not get further consideration.  

    SHB 1511 – Concerning court reporters, communication access real-time translation, and real-time captioning services
    Description: Regulates the certification and practice of court reporters, communication access real-time translation providers, and real-time captioning service providers.
    Status:  Feb. 22 passed to Rules Committee for second reading.

    SHB 1542 (SB 5398) Relating to the provision of and reimbursement for certain court interpreter services.
    Description: Concerning the provision of and reimbursement for certain court interpreter services.
    Status: IN THE SENATE Mar 14 First reading, referred to Law & Justice.

    HB 1735 (SB 5671) Concerning accountability in providing opportunities for certain students to participate in transition services.
    Description: Requires the office of the superintendent of public instruction to establish interagency agreements with the department of social and health services, the department of services for the blind, and other state agencies that provide high school transition services for students with disabilities or students covered by the federal rehabilitation act of 1973.
    Status: This bill did not make the cutoff date and may not get further consideration.  

    2SHB 1753 – Regulating interpreter services
    Description: Authorizes the department of social and health services, the department of labor and industries, and the state health care authority to: Purchase interpreter services; and integrate the purchase of interpreter services through one centralized system. Requires the department of social and health services to establish the spoken language interpreter advisory group to advise on the certification and authorization of spoken language interpreters. Requires the director of the department of enterprise services to develop and implement a model for providing interpreter services.
    Status: IN THE SENATE, Mar 13 First reading, referred to Commerce & Labor.

    HB 1971 – Concerning communication services reform
    Description: Provides communication services tax reform. Establishes a state universal communications services program to support continued provision of basic telecommunications services under rates established by the utilities and transportation. Creates the universal communications services account.
    Status:  Mar 15 Public hearing in the House Committee on Finance at 8:00 am
    *Note:  This bill proposes to eliminate ODHH TRS fund and replace it with state appropriations. 

    SENATE BILLS
    SB 5172 – Enacting the Ike Act
    Description:  Establishes the Ike Act.  Requires the Washington interscholastic activities association to provide a waiver that allows a student with a physical or mental disability to participate in extracurricular high school activities for the duration of his or her enrollment in high school.
    Status: This bill did not make the cutoff date and may not get further consideration.  
    SSB 5180 - relating to improving access to higher education for students with disabilities. Description:  Improving access to higher education for students with disabilities.
    Status:  IN THE HOUSE Mar 12 Public hearing in the House Committee on Higher Education
    SSB 5364 - Concerning court reporters, communication access real-time translation, and real-time captioning services. 
    Status: Mar 12 Moved to Rules White Sheet.
    SB 5398 (HB 1542) Relating to the provision of and reimbursement for certain court interpreter services.
    Description: (See HB 1542)
    Status: This bill did not make the cutoff date and may not get further consideration.    
    SB 5422 – relating to telecommunications tax parity
    Description:   Concerning telecommunications tax parity
    Status:  This bill did not make the cutoff date and may not get further consideration.
    *Note:  This bill proposed to eliminate ODHH TRS fund and replace it with state appropriations.   
    SB 5645 – Addressing service animals
    Description:  Provides that the requirements of the federal fair housing amendments act of 1988 and implementing regulations govern animals that assist persons with disabilities for purposes of reasonable accommodation in housing.
    Status:  This bill did not make the cutoff date and may not get further consideration.
    SB 5671 (HB 1735) Concerning accountability in providing opportunities for certain students to participate in transition services.
    Description: (See HB 1735).
    Status: This bill did not make the cutoff date and may not get further consideration.

    BUDGET PROPOSALS
    HB 1057 (SB 5034) - Making 2013-2015 operating appropriations.  
    HB 1058 (SB 5033) – Making 2013 supplemental operating appropriations. 
    SB 5033 (HB 1058) – Making 2013 supplemental operating appropriations.
    SB 5034 (HB 1057) - Making 2013-2015 operating appropriations.  
    For more information on budget proposal(s) go to:  http://leap.leg.wa.gov/leap/default.asp

    When visiting the Legislature or PARTICIPATING IN THE PROCESS Visiting the Legislature – includes capitol campus map, shuttle, visitor information, etc.
    Here are some links that may help with participation in the Washington State legislative process:
    Americans with Disabilities Act Information – If you need accommodations for communication, you can contact the Senate or House ADA Coordinators to request sign language interpreters or CART services.   
    Find Your Legislator 
    Glossary of Legislative Terms
    House and Senate Member Rosters
    How a Bill Becomes a Law
    How to Testify in Committee
    Overview of the Legislative Process
    Washington State Elected Officials
    Washington State Government Agencies Index

    FYI, All Senate committees will be utilizing an electronic sign-in program for public hearings. The sign-in program will be accessible starting at 12:01 A.M. on the day of the public hearing.  Committee Staff will be available prior to public hearings to answer any questions and assist those signing in to testify.

    If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the ODHH Bill Tracking Report, please contact:  Eric Raff, ODHH Director  eric.raff@dshs.wa.gov

  • 03-14-2013 ODHH E-News

ODHH distributes e-news on announcements regarding the latest information about ODHH, legislative bills, federal or state government news related to disabilities, or job vacancies pertinent to people with hearing loss or people with disabilities. We do not distribute the news or job vacancies on behalf of non-profits or businesses. However you may request a listing of various listservs via email at odhh@dshs.wa.gov.
  • 03-11-2013 Washington Telecommunication Relay Services FY12 Annual Report

The Washington Telecommunication Relay Services FY12 annual report is now available. The report includes information on TRS and CapTel services and outreach activities.   The FY12 annual report is available in standard print PDF and large print PDF.  To request a copy in other formats, please contact Steven Peck at pecksc@dshs.wa.gov, 360-339-7762 (VP).
  • 03-01-2013 ODHH Announcement

    Two ODHH programs will be combined to save costs.

    By federal law, DSHS is required to remove communication barriers by providing services and resources to allow deaf, hard of hearing and deaf-blind people equal access opportunities to effective communication with DSHS employees. ODHH has played a vital role in ensuring DSHS meets its communication access obligations through two programs, the Sign Language Interpreter Management which administers contracts for sign language interpreter services and the Assistive Communication Technology which provides assistive listening device systems and resources for real-time captioning services.

    Due to upcoming budget reductions, ODHH will be combining a vacant position with another existing position to save money and minimize the impact on services. Accordingly, the SLIM and ACT programs will merge to become one program. This new program will have a new name, to be announced later. The new program will focus on streamlining the provision of DSHS accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act to close the communication gap between state employees and people with hearing loss.  

    Eric Raff, ODHH Director, is pleased to appoint Berle Ross, ACT Program Manager, to run the new program. If you have questions, please feel free to call Berle at 360-339-4559 VP or email her at rossbee@dshs.wa.gov.

  • 01-31-2013 ODHH FY14 Budget

Draft FY14 Budget The FY14 Budget is a draft and is now available for public comments. The first document, "ODHH Overview of Law-Program-Fund" is to give you an overview of ODHH requirements, how we organize our services and how these services are funded. The second document, "ODHH FY14 Background Information" is an explanation of ODHH fiscal challenges with declining landlines which mean less revenue and a shrinking fund balance and the budget reductions. It explains why and what we are doing to save costs and the reductions to each of the services. "ODHH_FY14_Draft_Public Comments" is the budget itself which includes:
  1. FY14 revenue and expenditures
  2. FY13 and FY14 budget comparisons
  3. % of funding to administration and services
  4. our four-year projections and when ODHH will go broke.
Please feel free to submit any questions or feedback to Eric Raff eric.raff@dshs.wa.gov. Deadline is February 15, 2013. If you need these documents in alternative format, please contact Eric Raff.