I. Call to Order and Introductions
Doug Godfrey called the meeting to order at 1:40 p.m.
II. Election of the Chair
John Knisely made the motion that the board elect Doug Godfrey the
chair of the board pro-tem due to no reappointments of board members
yet. Annette Carey seconded. Motion approved.
III. Approval of Minutes
The minutes from the August 11, 2005 meeting were reviewed. Barbara
King made the motion to approve the minutes. Pierre Sevigny
seconded. Motion approved.
IV. Executive Directorís Report
Deanna Stone shared her visit with Rebecca Berger at WVU regarding
the TypeWell Educational Transcription System. She is working on
sponsoring a training class in early summer.
The Deaf Tech Fair is scheduled
for May 20, 2006 at the Charleston Civic Center.
Workshops/exhibiters that are already confirmed include: SSI/SSD,
WVRID, Gadgets, and TypeWell.
WVCDHH has been approved to be an
Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) test
administrator. Test sites will be Romney, Fairmont State and
Charleston. The Commission will not charge for travel or
administration fees. RID will certify interpreters if they pass the
WVCDHH has also been approved to
sponsor CEUs for our own workshops. We can also be a sponsor for
V. Appointments to the Board
Emily Hopta reported that the
administration is working on appointments.
VI. Deaf Awareness Week
Roy Forman reported on the visits
that he made during the last week of September. On Sept. 28 he
visited Fairmont State and shared the latest in gadgets specifically
for deaf and hard of hearing individuals to about 40 college
students. On Sept. 29 he traveled to the School for the Deaf in
Romney and did the same presentation for about 45-50 students at the
VII. What Now?
Melinda Siler has created a
newsletter designed for parents of deaf and hard of hearing
children. The newsletter will be quarterly and will be mailed to
Ski*Hi families, teachers and counselors who work with the deaf and
the School for the Deaf. Molly Simonton made the motion that the
Commission support this project to have it printed and mailed.
Annette Carey seconded. Motion approved. Melinda abstained from
VIII. Retreat 2006
Deanna has received information
from five different locations as possibilities for the retreat. The
board asked Deanna to choose either May 11-12 or June 15-16 as the
date and to work with State Purchasing on choosing the site. Emily
Hopta will also assist.
IX. Educational Interpreters
Annette Carey gave an update on
the progress on setting standards for educational interpreters.
Deanna reported that "Understanding the Educational Interpreter
Performance Assessment System: Understand why interpreting for
children is not the same as interpreting for adults" will be held on
September 8 and 9, 2006 for educational interpreters. The presenter
is Frances Beaurivage of Boys Town.
X. Next Meeting Location
Deanna reported that we need to
move the location for the next board meeting due to the legislature
being in session in February. The South Charleston Public Library is
available. There were no objections.
Emily Hopta commended the WVCDHH
staff. She said she has heard comments from DHHR staff and staff in
other agencies on the 8th floor that our staff is wonderful to work
with. She also said other agencies are looking to improve their
websites and are looking at ours for ideas.
Doug Godfrey attended the
"Stimulating Language and Learning in Infants, Toddlers and
Preschoolers" conference in Morgantown. It was sponsored by the
Public School Committee of the West Virginia Speech-Language-Hearing
Association. DHHR, the Office of Maternal, Child and Family
Health/WV Birth to Three and the Department of Educationís Office of
Special Education were among the groups that provided funding for
the conference. It as a very good conference and well attended.
Pierre Sevigny attended the Deaf
Senior Citizens conference in San Francisco and had a great time.
A motion was made by Pierre
Sevigny to adjourn the meeting and Molly Simonton seconded. Meeting
adjourned at 3:20 p.m.
November 10, 2005
Charleston, West Virginia
In August 1755, September 448, October 378 contacts were made
with our office.
The Commission was represented by Pierre and Christy Sevigny,
Roy and Delores Pyles, Doug and Michelle Godfrey, Roy Forman and me
at the State Fair on August 20. We had 1482 visitors to our booth.
On September 15, I attended the West Virginia Universityís
Center for Excellence in Disabilities (CED) board meeting in
The Deaf Idiom workshop in Weston on September 17 was
canceled due to low registration.
On September 28, Roy met with Jaimee Hayhurst at the CED in
Morgantown to discuss assistive technology for people who are deaf
or hard of hearing.
On September 28, as part of Deaf Awareness Week Activities,
Roy presented information about the Commission at Fairmont State
On September 29, he visited West Virginia School for the Deaf
and Blind and presented information about "gadgets" to the secondary
Molly Simonton and Ressie Brown presented workshops on Gender
Interpreting and Fingerspelling
in Beckley on October 8 sponsored by the Commission.
I attended the Rehabilitants of the Year awards ceremony at
the Rehabilitation Center in Institute on October 13.
The Commission added a series of job training videos to the
Deaf Resource Collection at the Rehabilitation Center library.
On October 21, I attended a conference sponsored by Marshall
University and the WVSHA at Marshall University on Cochlear Implants
in Children. The Commission sponsored breaks on October 21 and 22. I
talked at lunch about my experience with a CI and I attended the
task force dinner. Kari also attended and staffed our exhibit.
Kari attended a purchasing conference in Chester October 24
Roy and I are meeting each Thursday at noon with staff from
the Governorís office who are interested in learning sign language.
The Governor has a deaf employee and the staff wants to communicate
On October 29, Steven Hardy-Braz presented a workshop
sponsored by the Commission on Interpreters and Mental Health Issues
at the South Charleston Public Library. Roy and I attended.
Robyn Guzzi Evans presented a workshop on Deaf Idioms on
November 4 in Institute.
Molly Simonton and Ressie Brown will repeat their workshops
on November 12 in Parkersburg.
On November 7, I met with Rebecca Berger at West Virginia
University to learn more about Typewell, an accommodation that is
being used in the classrooms for deaf and hard of hearing students.
Deaf Tech Fair will be May 20. We are currently recruiting
presenters. If you have any suggestions, please let me know by
The WVCDHH is now a local test administrator (LTA) for the
Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) tests. Please
or the November 2005 newsletter for more information.
The WVCDHH is now a
Certification Maintenance Program (CMP) sponsor with the Registry of
Interpreters for the Deaf (RID). We can now provide continuing
education credits (CEUs) to interpreters for our workshops and
activities and other appropriate activities throughout the State.
My purchasing card reports
for August, September, and October are included in the packet.