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Rehabilitation Counseling with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Adults

June 20 to July 14, 2016

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Full scholarships awarded to all participants

Application due date: April 1, 2016

Description and Program Goal

The Rehabilitation Counseling with Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Adults (RCDHHA) program is a 9-credit, month-long summer academic certificate program run on the campus of Western Oregon University. The goal of the program is to improve the employment and independent living status of deaf and hard-of-hearing people by increasing the number of rehabilitation professionals and their community partners nationwide who have the necessary knowledge and communication skills to serve this population. Participants take American Sign Language, an orientation to deafness, and vocational rehabilitation service provision. The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) under the US Department of Education provides funding to defray the expense of participating in the program for participants in exchange for employment in a qualifying setting.

Who should attend

Western Oregon University offers this four-week, intensive deafness orientation session to:

  • Rehabilitation personnel
  • Mental health professionals
  • Employment specialists
  • Independent living trainers
  • Social workers
  • Coordinators of services for students with disabilities
  • Transition and career development specialists
  • Other professionals in social service occupations

Full scholarships will be awarded to all selected participants who live beyond a commutable distance from WOU. Scholarships include tuition for the 9-credit program plus approximately $3,000 in stipend support, which may be applied to travel, housing and meals, and other expenses.

These awards are made possible through an RSA long-term training grant that requires completing a two month service obligation in a State vocational rehabilitation or related qualifying agency. If this requirement is not met within 26 months, the award must be paid back. Complete information is provided upon acceptance into the program, or go to the 2004 RSA Scholar Manual/WOU.

Accepted participants will be sent required registration forms for the 9 credits taken in this program.

Course of study
Participants in the RCDHHA program enroll in three academic courses and have considerable opportunity for interaction with deaf and hard-of-hearing people.

The program offers 9 credits (6 graduate/3 undergraduate or 9 undergraduate) and 95 contact hours.

ASL 101 (102, 103 or 201) American Sign Language (3 undergraduate credits only)
Expressive and receptive exposure and practice in American Sign Language, the preferred communication mode used by American deaf adults, and a focus on the cultural values and beliefs of this community. Students are assigned to sections according to skill level after consultation with instructors.

TPD 484/584 Introduction to Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Studies (3 undergraduate or graduate credits)
Introduction to the cultural, audiological, educational and vocational issues of people who are hard of hearing, deaf, or deaf-blind.

RC 490/590 Professional Issues: Rehabilitation Counseling with Deaf Clients (3 undergraduate or graduate credits)
Psychological, social and vocational implications of deafness. Extensive review of the rehabilitation service system's response to the unique needs of people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Lecture series: assistive communication options
These lectures are by qualified practitioners and provide students with an opportunity to build a basis of knowledge regarding speech communication and technological communication options. Special emphasis is placed on the needs of those people who may be hard of hearing, oral-deaf, late deafened, or cochlear implant users.

Housing is available on campus and through motels and rental units within walking distance of the university. Off-campus housing is competitively priced. Contact WOU's University Residences and Campus Dining for a list of off-campus housing (toll free 1-877-877-1593). On-campus housing is approximately $1040 per person for the four-week session and is in Arbor Park Apartments on the north end of campus. Each four-bedroom apartment is fully furnished and has two bathrooms, a living room and a full kitchen. The housing rate for the apartment includes a linen package (clean linens furnished on a weekly basis). Meals can be purchased through WOU Food Service (approximately $25 a day). These are estimates; exact rates will be known in May 2016.

All campus programs, services and facilities are physically and communicatively accessible. Interpreters and an FM assistive listening system are provided for all deaf and hard-of-hearing program participants. Upon acceptance, information is provided regarding the process for requesting accommodations.

Program faculty and contributing staff

Cheryl Davis, Ph.D., Director, Regional Resource Center on Deafness
Kara Gournaris, Instructor, American Sign Language
Brent Redpath, Instructor, American Sign Language
Shelia Hoover, Instructor, Rehabilitation Counseling

Mike Olivier, Instructor, American Sign Language
Amanda Smith, Associate Professor, ASL/English Interpreting
Julia Smith, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Rehabilitation Counseling
Wendy Stanley, Instructor, American Sign Language
Carol Yetter, Audiologist

Application process
Interested applicants must submit the application form (download text or pdf ) and three letters of reference by April 1, 2016. Letters of reference should address how the program will assist the applicant in their work, what skills the applicant brings to the program, and the applicant's motivation to attend. Full workshop details including specific housing information and the four-week class schedule will be sent to you upon acceptance into the program. Please list an e-mail address you check regularly, as we will use this to send you program updates.

Application due date: April 1, 2016

Mail to:

Regional Resource Center on Deafness
Western Oregon University
Attn: Konnie Sayers, Education 202
345 N. Monmouth Ave.
Monmouth, Oregon 97361
E-mail rrcd@wou.edu
Phone 503-838-8444
Fax 503-838-8228

More information

This program is supported by Rehabilitation Services Administration, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education, in cooperation with Regional Resource Center on Deafness, College of Education, and Division of Extended Programs, Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR  97361

Western Oregon University is committed to providing equal opportunity in its recruitment, admissions, educational programs, activities and employment without discrimination on the basis of age, color, handicap, national origin, race, marital status, religion, sex, or sexual orientation. Inquiries may be directed to: Affirmative Action Officer, 345 N. Monmouth Ave., Monmouth, OR 97361.


Division of Deaf Studies and Professional Studies

Cheryl Davis, Ph.D., Chair
Division of Deaf Studies and Professional Studies
davisc@wou.edu . 503-838-8053

Kathy Heide
Administrative Program Assist.
Division of Deaf Studies and Professional Studies
heidek@wou.edu . 503-838-8322

Regional Resource Center on Deafness

Cheryl Davis, Ph.D., Director
Regional Resource Center on Deafness
davisc@wou.edu . 503-838-8053

Konnie Sayers
Grants/Contracts Technician
Regional Resource Center on Deafness
sayersk@wou.edu . 503-838-8444

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