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Advocacy Strategies for Ensuring Communication Access Serving People who are D/HH

DARS Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services presents

Advocacy Strategies for Ensuring Communication Access

Serving People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Training Objective

To provide training that will enhance the knowledge and ability of service
providers to advocate for equal communication opportunities and effective
communication for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Pre-requisite Required

Participants are required to complete and submit a research component in
advance of the training date that requires 11-12 hours of work. Participants
who hold certified rehabilitation counselor certification may earn CEUs for
this work as well as class time. The purpose of the research project is to
get everyone on the same page with the knowledge needed to provide effective
advocacy for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. This project will be
due by a specified date prior to the training based on each training date
given below:

The training site will be provided for participants once their project has
been submitted and accepted by Randi Turner, training coordinator. A list of
local hotels near the training location will be provided after participants
have registered.

Projected Learning Outcomes

Participants will be provided a check list of the threshold elements
required for entitlement to reasonable accommodation;

Participants will learn how to apply the concepts of qualified individual
with a disability, effective communication, auxiliary aids and services,
undue burden/hardship, and direct threat, among others, to day-to-day
advocacy strategies;

Participants will be acquainted with case law impacting people with
disabilities and will be provided up-to-date information on the ADA
Amendments Act that went into effect January 1, 2009 and the new Title II &
III Regulations that went into effect March 15, 2011; and

Participants, through case examples presented in breakout sessions, will
learn creative and effective negotiation strategies to achieve reasonable
accommodations and communication access for people who are deaf or hard of


Randi Turner, Communication Access Specialist with the DARS Office for Deaf
and Hard of Hearing Services, and Wendy Wilkinson, Attorney and Director of
the DBTAC Southwest ADA Center

Target Audience

Directors and/or Interpreter coordination staff of independent living and
deaf and hard of hearing centers, job development/job placement staff and
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors serving people who are deaf or hard of
hearing, and individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing who want to become
effective advocates.

To Register

Send an email to [email protected], or call 512.407.3267 (V), (VP), or 512.407.3251 (TTY) requesting registration

Pre-requisite Date: May 16, 2011

Training Date Location: June 2-4, 2011 Houston, Texas

June 2, 1 pm – 5 pm
June 3, 8 am – 5 pm
June 4, 8 am – 12 pm

To print the promotional brochure, go to this link. (PDF format)


DARS Inquiries

800.628.5115 (ext. 3250)

866.581.9328 TTY (ext. 3251)


DARS Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services


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