The meeting was
called to order at 1:17 by Pierre Sevigny.
Reading of the Minutes
Minutes from the
April 26, 2001 meeting were read. Modifications were made to the
minutes and a motion to accept the modification was made by Dr.
Abraham, seconded by Gary Vandevander, Motion Carried.
a) We need to
distribute Senate Bill SB662 for Board Review. This bill was
introduced to establish a hearing aid endowment fund, but died in
b) Funding for the
Commission was discussed. A question was asked as to who funds the
Commission and is there anyway to use the provider tax to help
with funding. It was explained that the Commission is funded by
state appropriations and that the provider tax is gradually being
Library: Board needs to decide where the library will be located,
the times it is to be open, tracking and internet capabilities.
There was discussion about putting everything on the internet and
asking people to give a credit card number as security for the
loan program. The Board decided to have someone explore the
possibilities for the Commission, so far we have identified
possibilities of having the Resource Library at DRS, public
libraries or the School for the Deaf. It was also suggested that
maybe county libraries could lend out and recover books. Right now
function is more important than access. Motion was made by Dr.
Abraham to have Shana Phares and Jennifer Burgess be the
subcommittee, seconded by Pat Moss, motion carried.
Fiscal Note Contact Person: Charity will be the main contact
person at the Commission then the Deputy Director. Discussion was
held on a backup contact person. Delores Pyles made a motion that
Barbara King along with Shana Phares be the backup contact.
Seconded by Jimmy Harrison, motion carried.
of staffing: We have two new positions. Our wage for Executive
Director is not competitive given the job classification. Dr.
Abraham made the motion that Pat Moss do research on this along
with Charity, time frame after first of the year 2002. Alice
Kennedy seconded, motion carried
d) ASL as a Foreign
Language in schools: Subcommittee needs to be formed to explore
the 1995 Department of Education/ Senate Bill 1000 that was passed
recognizing sign language as a foreign language. The
implementation of this bill has not been put into action. Motion
was made by Gary Vandevander to ask Dr. Bodkins to chair this
committee with assistance from Alice Kennedy. Alice Kennedy
seconded, motion carried.
e) Name change for
TTY Distribution Program: Gary Vandevander mentioned the name
change is rather long if changed to Telephonic Devices for
Individuals with Communication Access Needs. It was explained that
people can be deaf and have low vision. We have deaf and hard of
hearing, speech impairments, deaf/blind and deaf/low vision. The
Board felt the name was cumbersome and an acronym would not work
with this program name. Other possible names are Communication
Access Distribution Program, Communication Access Program,
Communication Devices Program, Telephonic Access Communication
Devices (TACD) and Telephonic Communication Devices Loan Program (TCD).
Jimmy Harrison made a motion to use Telephonic Communication
Device Loan Program as the name. Delores Pyles seconded, motion
a) Deaf Awareness
Day is planned for September 15, 2001 in Beckley from 10:00 a.m.
to 4:00 p.m. at Crossroads Mall.
b) Two thousand
Public Awareness Kits will be distributed. Alice Kennedy
recommended that the kits be distributed at the end of Deaf Camp
c) Registry of
Interpreters for the Deaf has a proposal to preclude interpreters
from certification in the future unless they have a bachelorís
degree at the time of taking the Certified Interpreter/RID
d) Kara went to
Florida for the Educational Interpreting and RID Conference and
met with the National Association of the Deaf (NAD). NAD has
decided to start training people to give interpreter testing.
Educational interpreter testing is being explored. Kevin Williams
from Nebraska is willing to come to WV to work with WVCDHH and WV
Department of Education to assist with training to improve
interpreter skills and for educational interpreter evaluations. It
will cost $225.00 to take the test. The Commission will videotape
the test performance and send it to Mr. Williams for screening. We
are waiting for additional information and materials from Mr.
e) Interviews were
conducted for the two new positions. They will be filled as soon
as the paperwork is finished.
Package: We missed DHHRís deadline date for submitting the request
for appropriation, we hope to obtain an extension. More fiscal
resources are needed to support interpreter training and testing.
g) Discussion of
future meetings: Dates were distributed for members to schedule
board meetings for the calendar year 2002. There were comments
from the board concerning March 13th conflicting with
the end of the Legislative session, recommendations were made to
change the date to March 28. A reminder was given for the next two
board meetings: November 8 and December 13. Both meetings will be
held at the DRS.
h) Annual Report
2001: A copy of the Annual Report was distributed to each member
present. The Annual Report was hand delivered by Ms. Russell on
June 29, the date it was due. A database has been developed to
organize and assist the staff in obtaining information for the
next Annual Report, the database should be completed in October.
timeline: Distributed for Board, shows actual schedule of
activities, dates and results of events within the Commission.
Board Retreat Summary: Distributed for board members to review and
be aware of what is expected over the next year.
Agenda: Charity discussed issues concerning the following bills;
Hearing Aid Coverage, Driverís License Coding (with DMV), and
eduational interpreter classification. Shana Phares recommended
the Executive Director meet with John Law, to discuss concerns,
issues or to obtain assistance with legislative drafts, etc. John
Law works for the Secretary of DHHR.
Chair of the board made a motion to go into Executive Session for
an Employee Performance Appraisal. The motion was seconded by
Shana Phares, motion passed.
Pierre Sevigny made
a motion to return to regular session. Motion was seconded by
Delores Pyles, motion passed.
Board Members were
surprised with Polo and T-Shirts with the Commission logo on them.
made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 4:25 p.m. Alice Kennedy
seconded, motion passed. Meeting was adjourned at 4:25.