Virginia Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Board Meeting Minutes
Thursday, April 26, 2001
present: Shana Phares, Jimmy Harrison, Jennifer
Burgess, Pierre Sevigny, Delores Pyles, Dr. Charles Abraham, Pat
Moss, Pam Roush, J.D. Corbin, Kay Johnston, Dr. Mike Sullivan,
Alice Kennedy, Gary Vandevander
The meeting was called to
order by Jimmy Harrison at 1:13 PM. Introductions were made. New board
member, Jennifer Burgess, representing Jim Lewis of DOL, was welcomed,
as was Kay Johnston, representing Dr. Dee Bodkins. For the first time in
board history, all ex-officio members were represented. Due to family
illness, Charity Reedy Hines was unable to attend. The WVCDHH was
represented by Kara Russell.
II. Reading of the
Minutes from the November
16, 2000 meeting were read. No discussion or changes followed. Barbara
King moved the minutes be approved, and seconded by Pierre Sevigny.
III. Old Business
a) Kara presented an
overview of the strategy planning from the last retreat and subsequent
results of activities.
b) The Resource
Handbook is currently under development. Response for input from board
members was extremely limited. Staff is currently looking at printing
c )TTY distribution has
temporarily ceased, due to depletion of stock. 50 TTYs have been
d) The Annual Report
was distributed to legislators prior to the start of the legislative
e )A budget increase
was requested. Current budget is $268,000.
f) The Task Force
bidding process will start over. The only bid received was withdrawn.
Charity will be meeting with Cabinet Secretary of DHHR on May 2 to
review status. Alternate plans may be needed. The Department of
Education has already implemented their task force subcommittee.
g) Due to
confidentiality issues, the data base setup has been delayed. A
meeting with MIS staff will address these concerns. Much discussion
ensued regarding the establishment of the census and register. It was
suggested that a subcommittee be formed to pursue the establishment of
the data base.
h) The interpreting
directory went to print this week.
i) Terri Richardson,
mother of a deaf child, is the WVCDHH secretary.
j) The office has
completed its relocation.
continues with the Emergency Broadcast System to ensure that all
emergency notices are captioned.
l) There continue to be
concerns regarding the WV relay - lack of skilled CAs, delays in
answering calls, and other issues are being addressed with Verizon.
m) Methods of
identifying automobile drivers who are deaf and hard of hearing are
being explored with DMV. A system similar to one used in Michigan
could help reduce the harassment that occurs too frequently by state
and municipal police.
n )A stronger network
has been established with AARP and the Bureau of Senior Services.
Senate Bill 662 was introduced to establish a hearing aid endowment
fund, but died in committee.
o) The agenda and other
related material for the WVAD meeting in Wheeling had been sent to Dee
Bodkin. Due to limited training funds, counselors for the deaf have
been unable to attend past WVAD conferences. It was suggested that
WVCDHH explore the possibility of providing stipends to support RCD
IV. New Business:
a) New board member
appointments are in limbo. This issue will be discussed the Paul
Nusbaum on May 2.
b )Pierre Sevigny was
nominated by Delores Pyles as the new chairperson. The motion was
seconded and carried.
c) The following dates
were chosen for the remaining WVCDHH board meetings: June 8 (after
graduation, 12 - 2 PM, WVSD); September 6 (WVDRS - Large Conference
Room); November 8 (WVDRS - Large Conference Room). An alternative date
of December 13 (WVDRS - Large Conference Room) was chosen if a quorum
could not be obtained for any of the previously listed meeting dates.
Motion was made by Mike Sullivan and seconded by Pierre Sevigny.
Motion carried. It was suggested that the Commission staff suggest
dates for meetings in 2002, obtain feedback from members regarding
availability and then set the calendar for the whole year. This would
eliminate spending time at board meetings on this issue.
d) TTY loan program' s
stock is depleted. There is a waiting list for 7 TTYs, 5 amplified
phones and 4 voice carry-over phones. Approximately $148,000 is
available in the Commission budget to purchase the needed equipment.
Pat Roush moved that the Commission explore all reasonable options to
use general revenue resources to purchase TTYs and other equipment
prior to the end of the fiscal year. Seconded by Shana Phares. Motion
e) Executive Director's
Report: See handouts from Charity
significant increase in office activities since relocation (see
performance Measures sheet)
2 new office positions will be advertised in
May - HHR Specialist (Interpreter coordinator); and HHR Specialist,
Sr. (administrative assistant)
Interpreter directory (renamed Communication Access and ASL
Teacher Directory) shows a decrease in the number of
interpreters due to relocation, lack of interest or certification.
Legislative activities; SB 662
may be reintroduced next year with new wording and help from Del.
Sharon Spencer. It was suggested that PEIA include hearing aids
under benefits and that PEIA advocate for this change.
f) Kara's report:
RID testing site approval is
TTY loaner programs in other
states are being explored as changes are made in our program.
The role of the commission was
clarified, as there appeared to be lack of understanding re:
Charity's role and responsibilities.
V. Agenda topics for June
a) Focus on legislation
re: establishment of commission; and the intent of the registration and
census, to provide clarification and direction.
b) Charity' s mid- year
evaluation. Motion was made by Dr. Abraham and seconded by Mike
Sullivan, to establish a sub-committee, comprised of Barbara King, Dee
Bodkin and Pierre Sevigny, to conduct Charity's mid-year evaluation.
Input from all board members will be solicited and returned to the
subcommittee (Barbara King) no later than May 30, for compilation and
Exhibit spots at the WVAD
meeting are available for $100 /table. This is a good opportunity for
public awareness. Jimmy Harrison will re-send applications for exhibit
space if requested. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
There being no further
business, the meeting adjourned at 3:25 PM