Call to Order and Introductions
Doug Godfrey called the meeting to order at 1:10 p.m.
II. Appointments to the Board
Doug reported that the appointments have been received
from the Governor.
Dr. Charles Abraham, term
ending June 30, 2008
Charles “Doug” Godfrey, term
ending June 30, 2008
John Knisely, term ending June
Pierre Sevigny, term ending
June 30, 2008
George Martin “Marty” Blakely,
term ending June 30, 2007
Jim Ennis, term ending June 30,
III. Election of the Chair
John Knisely made the motion to elect Doug Godfrey the
chair of the board, Annette Carey seconded. Motion approved.
IV. Approval of Minutes
The minutes from the February 9, 2006 meeting were
reviewed. A motion to approve the minutes as read was given by Gary
Vandevander. Barbara King seconded. Motion approved.
V. Executive Director’s Report
A written report was reviewed by the board members.
VI. Legislative Update
Deanna reported that HB 4510, which removed the
provision for the census and made corrections to the board terms of office,
was approved by the Legislature and signed by Governor Manchin. The census
will still be collected but on a voluntary basis.
The West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind’s
Mountaineer Melodies and Tapestry groups performed for the House of
Delegates. House Speaker Bob Kiss presented the House of Delegates Honorary
Medallion and a House Citation to the groups. The Honorary Medallion has
only been presented twice before.
VII. Deaf Tech Fair 2006
Deaf Tech Fair will take place at the Charleston Civic
Center on May 20, 2006. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. and will close at 4:00
p.m. There are 14-15 exhibitors expected to attend. There will also be a
variety of workshops and a children’s activity center.
VIII. Summer Conferences
Deanna reported on the conferences that she and Roy
Forman will be attending. Roy will be attending the RID Region II
conference, June 29-July 1 in Herndon, Virginia and the RID Region I
conference, July 21-23 in Providence, Rhode Island. Deanna will be
attending a meeting of the State Associations on June 27 and the NAD
conference June 29-July 3 both in Palm Springs, California.
IX. Service Personnel at the WVSD
J.D. Corbin gave a follow-up report on a concern that
was raised at the February meeting regarding a lack of deaf or hard of
hearing child care workers at the School for the Deaf. After researching
the matter, JD reported that 181 tests have been administered and 157 of
those passed. Of those applicants, five people were deaf. Two people
passed the test and two people failed while one person could not be hired
due to other issues. The child care position at the WVSD is unique. The
test was created by the school and is approved per state code. It is a
basic skills test.
X. Fall Trainings
Deanna reported that the trainings next year will focus
on topics that will help interpreters pass the EIPA test. “Understanding
the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment System: Why interpreting
for children is not the same as interpreting for adults” will be presented
on September 8-9, 2006 by Frances Beaurivage, CI/CT, from Boys Town National
Research Hospital. It will be held at the Charleston Civic Center.
XI. State Fair
WVCDHH will not be participating in the State Fair this
year since DHHR has decided not to participate.
XII. Retreat Planning
Dolly Ford is the facilitator for the Board retreat on
August 10-11, 2006 at John XXIII Pastoral Center in Charleston. The
following topics are possible for discussion:
ADA compliance with regard to interpreting (who is responsible for
contracting? who pays?, etc.)
Interpreter competency – what can we do to improve skills
How can technology help as a band-aid until interpreters are more
What do we need to do to support WVCDHH within our specialties?
future of TTYs
rural WV where there is a lack of technology capabilities
Can we advocate for low-income hearing aid assistance?
How can we educate and do outreach with senior citizens and/or the
ASL as a foreign language – who will teach? How are qualifications
Develop a needs assessment survey to go to the deaf and hard of
Safety issues especially when dealing with law enforcement
Parents of Deaf/Hard of Hearing children and their rights and
Retreat Planning Committee: Doug Godfrey, Annette
Carey, Barbara King, J.D. Corbin, Deanna Stone, Dolly Ford.
XIII. West Virginia Department of Education Standards
for Educational Interpreters
Annette Carey shared with the board some of the
proposals that the Department of Education are reviewing in their board
XIV. ASL as a Foreign Language
Annette Carey reported on the committee that has been
working on developing West Virginia content standards and objectives for ASL
as a foreign language. They hope to have the content standards and
objectives for middle school and high schools approved sometime this summer.
Doug Evans, President of West Virginia Association of
the Deaf, spoke. He said the WVAD board is supportive of the WVCDHH board
and he wants the two groups to work together.
Annette Carey made the motion to adjourn and Gary
Vandevander seconded. The motion was approved. The meeting adjourned at