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  • FCC Launches Webpage with Best Practices for Implementing Text - to - 911

    April 10, 2014

    This message is being forwarded on behalf of Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

    FCC Launches Webpage with Best Practices for Implementing Text-to-911
    by:  Admiral David Simpson, Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau 

    March 7, 2014

    Today we launched an interactive webpage with best practices to assist text message providers and 911 call centers with deploying text-to-911. 

    The webpage contains materials prepared by Vermont, Texas, and other state 911 call centers (known as public safety answering points or PSAPs) that have already successfully integrated text-to-911, with expertise and insight that can ease the deployment process for others.  For example, the State of Vermont has developed a list of “lessons learned” from its highly successful text-to-911 implementation as well as a series of informational videos for potential text-to-911 users.

    The webpage is a tool enabling text providers and PSAPs to contribute and refer to comments, best practices, and informational materials.  It additionally contains documents from public safety organizations NENA and APCO, with Frequently Asked Questions, a checklist of issues that 911 call centers should consider, and technological options available to support text-to-911.

    Why is this important?  In today’s world, wireless usage has become increasingly text-based. Yet in most parts of the country, if you send a text message to 911 during an emergency, it won’t be received.  Being able to text during an emergency is essential for the tens of millions of Americans who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities. Texting can also provide an alternative means of contacting 911 when a voice call may place someone in danger, such as in an active shooter or domestic abuse situation, or when voice networks are congested.

    For these reasons, the Commission has made text-to-911 a priority.  In January the Commission adopted a Policy Statement in favor of making text-to-911 available on all text platforms that support interconnected texting. The Commission recognized the leadership of the nation’s four largest wireless carriers, who have voluntarily committed to support text-to-911 service by May 15, 2014, in areas where the local PSAP can accept texts.  The Commission also encouraged other wireless providers and interconnected text providers to similarly support text-to-911 and proposed that they do so by the end of the year.

    These actions set the table for text-to-911.  For this potentially life-saving service to be uniformly available nationwide, however, all text providers and PSAPs need to do their part. I recently had the chance to visit a wonderfully run PSAP in Seminole County, Florida, where I was able to discuss both the value that text-to-911 will provide in communities and see the hurdles with implementing text capabilities. We know that the public safety community faces funding and operational challenges in adopting new services.  But we have also seen how text-to-911 pioneers – PSAPs, wireless providers, and vendors –have worked together to overcome these challenges.  Our new webpage is intended to capture these lessons and enable stakeholders to learn from one another. We hope you will take part.

    http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/best-practices-implementing-text-911

    http://www.fcc.gov/text-to-911


  • Correction - FCC announces deadlines for comments on Closed Caption Quality and effective dates of the new rules

    April 10, 2014

    This email is being forwarded on behalf of Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

    On February 20, 2014, the FCC adopted a Report and Order, Declaratory Ruling, and a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) addressing the quality and technical compliance of closed captioning on television programming, to ensure that video programming is fully accessible to individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing.  

    Public Comment Due Dates:  There are two sets of deadlines for public comments on proposals to improve television closed captioning quality standards: 

    For Section on Responsibilities for Meeting the Closed Captioning Requirements:
    Comments are due by April 28, 2014
    Reply Comments are due by May 27, 2014

    For Remaining Sections such as Minimum Captioning Quality Standards and Compliance:
    Comments are due by June 25, 2014
    Reply Comments are due by July 25, 2014

    Effective Dates for New Rules:  The new rules relating to equipment monitoring and electronic filing of exemption requests will become effective on April 30, 2014.  New rules relating to the Use of ‘‘Electronic Newsroom Technique’’ will become effective on June 30, 2014.  The new standards and rules for ensuring quality closed captioning will become effective on January 15, 2015.

    Links to the Public Notice:
    http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-14-456A1.docx
    http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-14-456A1.pdf
    http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-14-456A1.txt

    Links to the Report and Order, Declaratory Ruling, and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking:
    Word: http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-14-12A1.doc
    PDF: http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-14-12A1.pdf
    Text: http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-14-12A1.txt

    For further information, contact Eliot Greenwald, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Disability Rights Office, 202-418-2235 or email Eliot.Greenwald@fcc.gov.


  • FREE 1-Day Interpreting Training in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Cases

    April 9, 2014

    FREE 1-Day Training in Three Locations
    Interpreting in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Cases

    Thursday, May 15 - Hyatt at Olive 8, Seattle
    Friday, May 16 - Radisson Hotel, SeaTac
    Saturday, May 17 - Northern Quest, Spokane

    The training focuses on interpretation in the context of a domestic or sexual violence case. Training content includes:

    • Domestic and sexual violence concepts & vocabulary exercises
    • A discussion on "language privilege" and how it affects victim stories

    • Cultural impacts and bias
    • Nuances of domestic and sexual violence in Interpreter Guiding Principles
    • Interpreter roles vs. bilingual advocate roles
    • Impact of language specifically in sexual assault cases
    • Mock Attorney Client Interview

    Up to 6.5 CEUs and .7 RID CEUs, Pending Approval

    Who Should Attend:

    • Washington Administrative Office of the Courts Certified and Registered Court Interpreters*
    • Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)-Certified Interpreters*
    • Court Interpreter Coordinators*
    • Courthouse Facilitators*
    • Advocates

    *Travel-related costs (lodging, airfare, mileage, per diem) will be paid for court staff and credentialed interpreters to attend this training
    With national experts from the Asian and Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence and the Center for Court Innovation.

    For more information contact: Tina Williamson at tina.williamson@courts.wa.gov  

    To register click here:

    (or paste in your web browser) https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/G7R9RC9  

    Sponsored by: The Washington State Supreme Court Interpreter Commission, Gender & Justice Commission, Minority & Justice Commission and the Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, DSHS


  • Position Opening - Client Advocate - Seattle

    April 9, 2014

    This message is being forwarded on behalf of Hearing, Speech & Deafness Center in Seattle.

    Good afternoon,
    My name is Rachael and I am the new Human Resources Administrator for the Hearing, Speech & Deafness Center. I am pleased to inform you that we have a position opening for a Client Advocate in our Seattle office. The ideal candidate would have the following experience/skills: 

    • Fluent in ASL
    • Knowledge of Deaf culture
    • Knowledge of Deaf, Deaf-Blind and hard of hearing legal rights
    • A minimum of two years of experience in case management
    • Proficient in written English
    • Bachelor’s degree
    • Strong computer skills.

    To get the full job description, go to the link to our careers page:
    http://www.hsdc.org/about-us/careers/

    If you know someone who meets the position requirements and would be an asset to HSDC and the Deaf and hard of hearing communities, please send them the link to our careers page. They can contact Ariele Belo, Director of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, at ABelo@hsdc.org, or they can e-mail me directly.

    Thank you, and have a wonderful afternoon.
    Kindest Regards,

    Rachael A. Hibbs

    Human Resources Administrator
    Hearing, Speech & Deafness Center
    Celebrating 75+Years of Serving You!

  • DSHS RFP 1334-481 - Deaf and Hard of Hearing Cultural Awareness Training

    March 26, 2014

    The State of Washington, Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, has issued an RFP on March 25, 2014, to solicit proposals from individuals and firms interested in participating in a project to provide training to DVR staff on working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing colleagues and how to successfully serve Deaf and Hard of Hearing customers.

    You may access this RFP on the following websites:

    http://www.dshs.wa.gov/ccs/
    or
    https://fortress.wa.gov/ga/webs/

  • Washington Relay Presents Taste Of Technology

    March 24, 2014

    Announcement: Washington Relay Presents Taste of Technology
    This is a FREE event open to anyone who is interested in learning more about technology that meet the needs of deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind and speech-disabled individuals. 

    To register for this event, click here: http://dshs.wa.gov/odhh/files/ToT_Flyer_vf.pdf (DEADLINE by May 3, 2014)

    WHEN: Saturday, May 10, 2014

    TIME:  10 am – 4 pm

    WHERE: Hotel Marano
                  1320 Broadway Plaza
                  Tacoma, WA 98402

    PROGRAMS (tentative)
     9:00-10:00                       Registration
    10:00 – 10:45                    Keynote Speaker
    11:00 – 12:00                    Vendor Presentations:               
                                                 Speech Technology & Telecommunications
    12:00 – 1:30                      Lunch and Entertainment
     2:00 – 4:00                        Vendor Presentations:
                                                 Mobility, Vision and Technology in the Workplace

    Accommodation Request: If you need CART (captioning) or ASL/tactile interpreting services, please contact Cindy Campbell via email at cindy.2.campbell@sprint.com or call at 877-271-7620 (Voice/TTY) or videophone at 541-418-4726 by April 20, 2014.

    NOTE: Auditory loop will be provided by Hearing Loop NW.
    For more information, contact Cindy Campbell – cindy.2.campbell@sprint.com

  • Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Supplemental Budget

    March 20, 2014

    The 2014 Supplemental Budget as passed by the Legislature has a very minor impact on the Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH).

    The proviso (budget) language moves ODHH budget from Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) to Aging and Long-Term Support Administration (ALTSA) effective July 1, 2014.

    ODHH funding for fiscal year 2015 remains the same, no change. The budget has to be approved and signed by the Governor.

    ENGROSSED SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL 6002 - Making 2014 supplemental operating appropriations. Excerpts from the budget proviso language:

    At the bottom of page 92

    Sec. 206. 2013 2nd sp.s. c 4 s 206 (uncodified) is amended to read as follows: FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES--AGING AND ADULT SERVICES PROGRAM
    (17) $5,094,000 of the general fund--state appropriation for fiscal year 2015 is provided solely for services and support to individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind.

    On page 101

    Sec. 209. 2013 2nd sp.s. c 4 s 209 (uncodified) is amended to read as follows: FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES—VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION PROGRAM
    The appropriations in this section are subject to the following conditions and limitations: $5,006,000 of the general fund--state appropriation for fiscal year 2014 ((and $5,094,000 of the general fund--state appropriation for fiscal year 2015 are)) is provided solely for services and support to individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind.

    Eric Raff, Director
    WA State Department of Social and Health Services
    Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

    PO Box 45301
    Olympia, WA 98504-5301
    360-915-5835 V/VP
    eric.raff@dshs.wa.gov

  • Brain and language study at University of Washington

    March 12, 2014

    Have you ever wondered what happens in your brain when you read?

    The Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Lab at the University of Washington in Seattle is conducting a study investigating how written language is processed by the brains of those who are deaf. By recording the electrical activity of the brain during reading, we can learn more about the mental processes involved in reading.

    We are seeking deaf participants with the following criteria:
    - Severe or profound hearing loss (71 dB or greater) since birth or before age 2.
    - Normal or corrected-to-normal vision
    - No history of significant head injury or epilepsy
    - 18 years of age or older

    If you fit the criteria for the study and are interested in participating, 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). The procedure we use for recording brain waves is harmless - there is no radiation or magnetic fields involved - though you will get a small amount of water-soluble gel in your hair from the cap we use. The gel is harmless and easily washes out, but your hair will have some sticky spots in it when you leave the lab. We will also ask you to fill out some questionnaires, including completing a test of reading comprehension.

    This study may involve up to three visits to our lab, each of which may last up to two hours. 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 participating, or in learning more about the study, please contact Alison Mehravari at amehrava@uw.edu or at V/text: (206) 457-3348.

  • Special Announcement - Leon & Connie Curtis

    March 4, 2014

    Special Announcement
    Leon & Connie Curtis Farewell Party & Connie’s Retirement Party
    When: March 21st, 2014
    Where: 1200 College St.SE
                 Lacey, WA 98503
    Time: 7 pm to 10 pm

    Thurston County Association of the Deaf will provide Cake, Ice Cream & Punch. People are welcome to make a short presentation about Connie & Leon, if they’d like to. It could be about memories or happiness that you had with them.

    Note: Leon Curtis was the former ODHH Director who served for 23 years and retired in 2003. His wife, Connie, recently retired. Both will be moving out of state.

  • Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH) 2014 Winter Newsletter

    February 13, 2014

    Dear Stakeholders:

    The latest issue of ODHH Community Review Newsletter is now available:

    2014 Winter newsletter in standard print format:
    http://www.dshs.wa.gov/odhh/files/Newsletters/2014/2014-ODHHWinter.pdf

    2014 Winter newsletter in large print format:
    http://www.dshs.wa.gov/odhh/files/Newsletters/2014/2014-ODHHWinterLG.pdf

    2014 Winter newsletter in plain text format:
    http://www.dshs.wa.gov/odhh/files/Newsletters/2014/2014-ODHHWinter.txt

    ODHH welcomes feedback.

    Happy Reading!

    Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
    odhh@dshs.wa.gov

  • Job Bulletin - Fiscal Analyst 5

    February 12, 2014

    Job Announcement

    WA State Job Bulletin – Fiscal Analyst 5.

    ODHH invites applications for the position of Fiscal Analyst 5. The position will report to DSHS/Aging Long-Term Services/Management Service Division with a focus on ODHH’s accounting and budget.

    Applicants having American Sign Language proficiency are eligible for dual language pay, a 5% premium to the salary. Applicants can apply online here: http://careers.wa.gov/index.html and type 01141 in the keyword search.

    Or, if you click here, it takes you to the job posting. Fiscal Analyst 5 01141

    The deadline to apply is February 27th.

    Please share with your friends and colleagues.

  • FCC Sets Path For Widespread Text-To-911 Deployment

    February 7, 2014

    This email is being forwarded on behalf of Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

    On January 30, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a policy statement setting forth goals for achieving text-to-911 and a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM). The policy statement highlighted the nation’s four largest wireless telephone providers’ commitment to make text-to-911 available to all their customers nationwide by May 15, 2014.

    The FCC encourages other text providers to offer text-to-911 as well and asks for comment on proposals to meet the goals of

    (1) making sure that people with disabilities have direct access to 911 services and

    (2) enabling people in situations from which it might be impossible or dangerous to make a voice call (i.e., hostage situation, domestic violence) to make text-to-911 calls. In his statement at the FCC’s Open Commission Meeting, Chairman Tom Wheeler said it is now up to the 911 call centers, known as Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs), to make themselves ready to accept these texts.

    Links to the Press Release:
    Word: http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-325351A1.docx
    PDF: http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-325351A1.pdf
    Text: http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-325351A1.txt

    Policy Statement and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking:
    Word: http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-14-6A1.doc
    PDF: http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-14-6A1.pdf
    Text: http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-14-6A1.txt

    For further information, go to http://www.fcc.gov/text-to-911, or contact Cheryl King at 202-418-2284 (voice), 202-418-0416 (TTY) or cheryl.king@fcc.gov OR Suzy Rosen Singleton at 202-810-1503 (VP) or suzanne.singleton@fcc.gov in the FCC’s Disability Rights Office.

  • Foster Parent of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Information Panel

    February 5, 2014

    Could you be a Foster Parent to a Deaf or Hard of Hearing Child or Youth?

    Announcement available in ASL! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIV0xitGPSc

    Foster Parent of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Information Panel

    WHEN: Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
    TIME: 5:30 - 7:30 pm
    WHERE: Washington School for the Deaf
                   Clarke Hall, Room #150
                   611 Grand Blvd., Vancouver, WA

    RSVP by March 18th to Meri Waterhouse of DSHS' Children's Administration at meri.waterhouse@dshs.wa.gov

    Sign language interpreters will be provided. To request a hearing loop or other accommodation, contact Berle Ross of the DSHS Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at berle.ross@dshs.wa.gov

  • Legislative Bills of Interest for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf-Blind Stakeholders

    February 4, 2014

    Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Bill Tracking
    2014 Legislative Session
    Bills of Interest for Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind Stakeholders
    Week of February 3, 2014

    SESSION CUTOFF CALENDAR
    03/13/2014 - Last day allowed for regular session under state constitution. Learn more information about the 2014 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

    Online Comments on Bills
    E-Comments is a feature the Legislature is testing during the 2013 Session that lets you send comments on a bill to the members of the Legislature. The first time you comment, you will be asked to set up an account with your e-mail address and a password of your choice. To comment on a bill, you may:

    Legislators and their staff will not be able to respond to individual comments. If you wish a response, contact your legislators directly by phone, e-mail, letter, or in person, or by calling the Legislative Hotline at 800-562-6000.

    HOUSE BILLS
    2SHB1024: 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: Jan 13 By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status

    SHB1542: Relating to the provision of and reimbursement for certain court interpreter services
    Description: Modifies provisions governing the appointment of and reimbursement for certain court interpreter services.
    Status:& Jan 24 Placed on third reading by Rules Committee

    SHB1735: Relating to holding state agencies accountable for providing opportunities for certain students to participate in transition services
    Description: Requires the office of the superintendent of public instruction to: (1) Establish interagency agreements with state agencies that provide high school transition services for special education students; and (2) Collaborate with the professional educator standards board on educator requirements that special education teachers and school psychologists receive training to address the transition needs of special education students.
    Status: Jan 31 Referred to Appropriations Subcommittee on Education

    ESHB1753: Relating to interpreter services
    Description: Authorizes the department of social and health services and the state health care authority to purchase interpreter services on behalf of limited-English speaking applicants and recipients of public assistance. Authorizes the department of labor and industries to purchase interpreter services for medical and vocational providers authorized to provide services to limited-English speaking injured workers or crime victims.
    Status: Jan 13 Referred to Appropriations

    SHB1814: Concerning the agency council on coordinated transportation
    Description: Creates the agency council on coordinated transportation to advance and improve accessibility to and coordination of special needs transportation services statewide.
    Status: Jan 27 Passed to Rules Committee for second reading

    HB2108: Relating to hearing instrument fitter/dispensers
    Description: Hearing instrument fitters/dispensers are re-named "hearing aid specialists", changes the qualifications and place Restrictions on the Sale of Hearing Instruments.
    Status: Jan 28 Passed to Rules Committee for second reading

    HB2450: Relating to enhancing the employment of persons with disabilities
    Description: Establishes the state employment disability parity act. Increases the hiring of persons with disabilities in the state workforce.
    Status: Feb 3 Executive action taken in the House Committee on Early Learning & Human Services

    HB2617: Relating to interpreter services
    Description: Authorizes the department of social and health services and the state health care authority to purchase interpreter services on behalf of limited-English speaking applicants and recipients of public assistance. Authorizes the department of labor and industries to purchase interpreter services for medical and vocational providers authorized to provide services to limited-English speaking injured workers or crime victims.
    Status: Feb 5 Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Government Operations & Elections

    SENATE BILLS
    SB5671: Relating to holding state agencies accountable for 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 state agencies that provide high school transition services for students with disabilities or students covered by the federal rehabilitation act of 1973.
    Status: Jan 13 By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.

    SSB5706: Relating to holding state agencies accountable for providing opportunities for certain students to participate in transition services
    Description: Requires the office of the superintendent of public instruction to: (1) Establish interagency agreements with state agencies that provide high school transition services for students with disabilities or students covered by the federal rehabilitation act of 1973; (2) Collaborate with the professional educator standards board on educator requirements that special education teachers and school psychologists receive training to address the transition needs of certain students.
    Status: Jan 13 By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.

    SB5833: Relating to interpreter services
    Description: Authorizes the department of social and health services, the department of labor and industries, and the state health care authority to: (1) Purchase interpreter services; and (2) Integrate the purchase of interpreter services through one centralized system. Requires the director of the department of enterprise services to develop and implement a model for providing interpreter services.
    Status: Jan 13 By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.

    SB 5958: Relating to holding state agencies accountable for 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 state agencies that provide high school transition services for special education students.
    Status: Jan 29 Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education

    SB6329: Relating to establishing the state of Washington committing to employ people with disabilities at the same percentage as in the general population
    Description: Establishes the state employment disability parity act. Requires certain state agencies and the division of vocational rehabilitation to submit a report to the department of personnel regarding employment for persons with disabilities. Requires new hires by all state agencies to equal five percent of all placements by the division of vocational rehabilitation.
    Status: Feb 6 Scheduled for executive session in the Senate Committee on Health Care at 10:00 AM

    BUDGET PROPOSALS
    HB2185 (SB6002) – Making 2014 supplemental operating appropriations.
    SB6002 (HB2185) – Making 2014 supplemental 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

  • Justice Department Publishes Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Related to the ADA Amendments Act

    February 3, 2014

    This email is being forwarded on behalf of U.S. Department of Justice.

    The Justice Department has published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) intended to revise the Department's Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) title II and title III regulations to implement the requirements of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. The comment period for the proposed rule closes on March 31, 2014. Congress passed the ADA Amendments Act in order to clarify the scope of the definition of disability under the ADA and to ensure that it would be easier for individuals seeking the protection of the ADA to establish that they have a disability that falls within the meaning of the statute.

    To find out more about the ADA or this NPRM, call the Justice Department’s toll-free ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301 or 800-514-0383 (TDD), or access its ADA.gov website.

  • ESIT: WAC Stakeholder Meeting, February 5, 2014

    January 30, 2014

    The Washington Administrative Code (WAC) includes the provision of IDEA PART C services to Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf-Blind infant and toddlers. 

    The email is being forwarded on behalf of Department of Early Learning.

    News from Washington State Department of Early Learning
    DATE:       January 27, 2014
    TO:           Statewide Stakeholders
    FROM:      Karen Walker, Program Administrator
                    Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT)
    RE:           WAC Stakeholder Meeting, February 5, 2014

    Please join us on Wednesday, February 5 for a stakeholder workgroup meeting to review and discuss the current draft of ESIT Washington Administrative Code (WAC). The meeting is scheduled from 9:00-3:00 and will be held at the Spokane Regional Health District, 1101 West College Avenue in Spokane.

    The agenda will include review of the draft WAC, discussion about ESIT policies, and information to help stakeholders prepare for the public comment process. The draft WAC document is attached. Please review the draft WAC prior to the February 5 meeting.

    Please RSVP to Linda Jennings at Linda.jennings@del.wa.gov by Friday, January 31 if you are planning to attend the meeting.

  • Job Bulletin - Assistive Communication Technology Program Manager 00492

    January 28, 2014

    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 00492 in the keyword search.

    Or, if you click here, it takes you to the job posting. Assistive Communication Technology Program Manager 00492

    The deadline to apply is February 23, 2014. Please share with your friends and colleagues.

  • Job Bulletin - Program Support 00478

    January 28, 2014

    WA State Job Bulletin – Program Support

    Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing invites applications for the position of Secretary Senior. Applicants can apply online here:http://careers.wa.gov/index.html and type 00478 in the keyword search.

    Or, if you click here, it takes you to the job posting. Secretary Senior (Dual Language - ASL) 00478

    The deadline to apply is February 28, 2014. Please share with your friends and colleagues.

  • Job Opening - Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

    January 23, 2014

    This message is being forwarded on behalf of Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

    Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor 3 Perm Requisition # 00775 (HS65/Kent) has been Released in NEOGOV

    As a reminder it must be Released for at least 7 calendar days. Applicants can login to www.careers.wa.gov and click the green box that says “Look for Jobs scroll down to the lower left portion of the screen and type in the requisition number (no asterisks are needed) into the Keywords: box and click Apply Search and the job announcement will be in the result. Or click here.

    If applicant(s) have not created their account then they will need to do that and then create their Application first and then apply.

    The Reference Code for this Recruitment is : 00775

    It is scheduled to Close: February 23, 2014; 5:00 p.m.

  • WSD Auction!

    January 23, 2014

    This message is being forwarded on behalf of Center for Childhood Deafness & Hearing Loss (CDHL).

    Come one, come all!  4th Annual Silent Auction Fundraiser to support Family Events for kids who are deaf and hard-of-hearing in Washington State.

    Check out all of the great goods up for auction online January 22nd- 31st http://www.biddingforgood.com/wsd and live auction February 1st at the Washington School for the Deaf during the 2014 Western States Basketball & Cheerleading Classic competition. Proceeds help fund great events like Deaf Family Camp, Family Academy Nights (FAN), Playgroups and more!

    For more information contact Kris Ching at kris.ching@cdhl.wa.gov or 360-418-4292

  • Western Oregon University Recruiting for M.S. Rehabilitation Counseling: Deafness Students

    January 23, 2014

    DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO BECOME A REHABILITATION COUNSELOR WITH DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING CLIENTS?

    Western Oregon University offers an on-campus graduate program in Rehabilitation Counseling: Deafness. This two year program prepares students to work in a variety of professional areas such as state vocational rehabilitation, community mental health, and other partnering agencies.

    Applicants must have a Bachelor’s (B.A. or B.S.) degree and be proficient in American Sign Language.

    Federal scholarship support is available (contingent upon continued federal funding) to qualified students to help cover the cost of tuition.

    Individuals who are Deaf, hard of hearing, deaf blind, or members of traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

    Applicants are accepted beginning now for the 2014-2015 school year.

    Applicants who are residents of the following WICHE states will be charged tuition at Oregon resident student rates: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

    For more information and application materials visit www.wou.edu/rehab.

    Julia Smith, Ph.D.
    RCE Coordinator, RCD Advisor
    Rehabilitation Counselor Education
    RCEInfo@wou.edu

  • Legislative Reception - January 22

    January 21, 2014

    The Community of People with Disabilities of Washington State Invites you to Attend the 34th Annual Legislative Reception.

    Wednesday, January 22 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm

    Legislative Building - Columbia Room 215, Sid Snyder Ave. SW, Olympia, WA

    State Capitol Campus Parking Information: http://www.leg.wa.gov/legislature/Pages/Parking.aspx

    Hosted By
    The Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council
    The Governor's Committee on Disability Issues and Employment
    The Traumatic Brain Injury Council

    Questions?
    CONTACT: David Maltman
    EMAIL: david.maltman@ddc.wa.gov

  • Public Meetings Schedule for Sign Language Interpreters

    January 13, 2014

    Thank you for taking the time to fill out the survey on rates for Sign Language Interpreters. Out of 355 Sign Language Interpreters registered with RID in the state of Washington, 210 of you have already responded.

    The survey will close at the end of January 2014. This is a different date from the original announcement. Please, if you have not yet filled it out, take a moment to do so soon. We seek your feedback in February at 3 public meetings:

    Saturday 2/1/2014 10-12   Spokane, HLC 1206 N Howard Street
    Saturday 2/8/2014 10-12   Burien, CJTC 19010 1st Ave., S
    Saturday 2/15/2014 1-3   Vancouver, WSD/Clarke Hall

    Berle Ross
    rossbee@dshs.wa.gov
    360-339-4559
    Sign Language Program Manager