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Commission for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing
West Virginia Rehabilitation Center, Institute, West Virginia
Basic Services Conference Room
February 10, 2005
I. Call to Order and Introductions
Doug Godfrey called the meeting to order at 1:12 p.m.
II. Approval of Minutes
Emily Hopta made the motion and JD Corbin seconded that the minutes from the November 18, 2004 meeting be approved as presented. Motion approved.
III. Executive Director’s Report
Deanna Stone directed the board’s attention to her written report.
IV. Marshall University’s Graduate College-Deaf Education Program
Molly Simonton reported about the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Licensure Program for teachers available through MUGC and about the summer ASL two week class that she teaches at the School for the Deaf in Romney.
Deanna Stone reported on the upcoming workshops that the Commission is sponsoring. There is a series of Skill Building workshops beginning at the end of February as well as a Legal Interpreting workshop and a National Interpreter Certification Performance workshop.
Deanna Stone reported that the review is finished and the report was very favorable.
The retreat will be June 23-24 at the School for the Deaf in Romney. It will begin with a Public meeting held on the evening of June 22 followed by the board retreat on Thursday and Friday. Dolly Ford will be the facilitator.
Roy Forman updated members on the status of the WVRID chapter. Jimmy Harrison said that he would approach WVAD for support.
IX. Deaf Tech Fair
A Deaf Tech Fair will be held on May 21, 2005 at the Charleston Civic Center. Exhibits will focus on technology for the deaf and hard of hearing.
X. DHHIG Conference
Deanna Stone has been invited to present a paper at the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Government Conference, May 9-11 in Washington, DC. Her paper is entitled, “How to Work with Late-Deafened Employees.”
XI. RID Conference
The Board unanimously concurred with sending Deanna Stone and Roy Forman to the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Conference in San Antonio, Texas to be held July 10-15, 2005.
XII. Captioning Movies
Deanna Stone reported that she was invited by the Human Rights Commission to be involved in discussions with movie theaters throughout the state to get movies captioned in West Virginia. She and Roy Forman have met with them and will continue to meet.
XIII. Special Presentation
Doug Godfrey presented a plaque to Jimmy Harrison thanking him for his years of service to the WVCDHH. Pierre Sevigny said that the deaf community has appreciated all of Jimmy’s work on behalf of the Commission.
Doug Godfrey brought a concern about the lack of interpreter services’ being available for doctor’s and lawyer’s offices in the Eastern Panhandle. Deanna asked the board to encourage people to contact the Commission office when their rights are not being met and the office will intervene. Pat Moss moved that a committee be created to help facilitate discussions within the medical profession. She will chair the group and Dr. Charles Abraham will co-chair. Annette Carey seconded. Motion approved.
Pierre Sevigny made the motion to adjourn the meeting. Molly Simonton seconded. The motion was unanimously approved. The meeting adjourned at 3:03 p.m.
West Virginia Commission for the Deaf
and Hard of Hearing