West Virginia Commission for the Deaf and Hard of
Board Meeting Minutes
June 6, 2002
Dr. James Spencer
Dr. Dee Bodkins
Dr. Mike Sullivan
Charity Reedy Hines
The meeting was called to
order at 1:13 p.m.. All were welcomed to the meeting.
II. Reading of the Minutes
Minutes from the March 28, 2002 meeting were read. It
was called to the boardís attention, that the date on the minutes was
2001 and needed to be changed to 2002, also the minutes did not state
when the board went into Executive Session. This will be brought to
Terriís attention and the minutes will be changed. Changed minutes will
be approved at the next board meeting.
III. Old Business
Committee issue was not addressed at this meeting.
IV. New Business
Phares requested from the board members names of nominees for various
state boards such as Hearing Aid Dealers (needed lay members and
physicians) and the Speech Pathologist/Audiologist Board.
King gave an update on the Stakeholders of Interpreter Services meeting.
They talked about capacity need and credentialing. The meeting focused
on Commissions, Fairmont State College interpreting system / program,
Department of Education and the Court System. The primary purpose is to
get a statewide uniform definition of "qualified interpreter."
Agency and state differences across the country are a
problem, even the Americans with Disability Act lacks specificity. We
need a committee to come as lead of this stakeholder group. Kentucky has
tackled the above issue and a draft of their work is cited in Attachment
A. Mississippi Department of Education has been asked by West Virginia
to support interpreter credentialing, especially for educational
V. Interpreter Coordinator Report
The third annual interpreter conference scheduled for
Flatwoods in July has 28 people registered. Enrollment decrease is
attributed to the late July date. This workshop includes
teaching/instructional strategies for math, science, ECT. , to children
who are deaf. The Department of Education is the sponsor of this event.
Dr. Bodkins encouraged everyone to proceed with the conference
regardless of enrollment. CEUís and workshop hours are available.
National Association of the Deaf brought in a
professional training/trainer from California. This will give West
Virginia NAD trainers to administer tests which will increase the number
of interpreters who are certified. Six people were certified. The next
testing will be in June.
has received $20K from Maternal and Child Health. $10K will be used for
interpreter training and $5K for CODA (Children of Deaf Adults) training
to assist family awareness and promote individual growth for children of
deaf parents. Some of this money will help to embellish the video
library at the Commission.
The $4K grant from Gallaudet University has been
Directory is to be distributed by July 1, 2002. We will distribute the
directory to Counselors at Vocational Rehabilitation, Deaf population,
Interpreters and Teacher of the Deaf, others can access the directory
through our website.
VI. Deputy Directorís Report
Alex will be working
part-time and using annual leave to finish school this summer.
Discussion followed, questioning why he chose to take this course of
action in light of the boardís recommendation at the last meeting to
allow him administrative leave with expectations for a pay back in time
to the commission. The board agreed that use of annual leave was his
choice, with his assurance that work with the Task Force would not be
negatively affected during this time.
The telephonic device report was shared. Currently 115
ttys are on loan. Discussion followed regarding the need to inventory
these items, and to enforce the policy of returning items on loan when
no longer needed by designated recipient. Alex also advised the board
that we have had many senior citizen requests for the amplified phones
and more equipment needs to be ordered to meet the demands.
The summer newsletter will be out shortly.
Purchase Order, signed contract, ECT. , has been sent to
Charleston for the Task Force. We are moving forward to have the money
encumbered. Our idea is getting the consultant here as soon as possible.
VII. Executive Directorís Report
went over a draft of the annual report with the board. Suggestions were
made to reduce the data into smaller charts, to reduce the total number
of pages for reports.
Commission Program Review, recognized by all government agencies is due
in the Governorís Office June 1. Suggestions for the report to
the Legislature needs some work, Dee is editing and a suggestion was
made for the Commissioner to develop tables from page 11 to the
conclusion of the document.
Danny Woolcock says the balance in our financial report
through 4/30/02 is 68,000 plus or minus. Charity thinks the account has
87,000. A summary sheet of outstanding expenses is a good way for us to
DHHR Leadership meeting scheduled for 8/2003, is trying
to identify legislative needs across the entire department.
Charityís evaluation is due again on September 5. That will also be our
next board meeting.
Doug Godfrey was elected Chair of the Board. This will
become effective July 1, 2002.
meeting adjourned at 4:00 p.m.