D/HH Advocacy and Assistive Technology Awareness Night – Waco

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Advocacy and Assistive Technology Awareness Night –

Monday, October 3, 2011

Listen up! Here are questions for you all.

1) Has your request for an accommodation (i.e., interpreter) to ensure
effective communication been denied by your family doctor or local hospital?
2) For a municipal court, have interpreters or other accommodation routinely
been denied? What about jail?
3) Do you have any family members, friends or co-workers who recently
experienced hearing loss? If so, do they need resources on assistive
4) Do you ever need assistance on educating your employer (boss) about your
disability or communication needs? (For an example, there was no
interpreter or other accommodation for a staff meeting or training)

If you answered “Yes” to at least one of the above questions, come to our
training to find out and to have fun learning. Don’t forget to invite your
family members, friends, or co-workers who needed the resources. The
training would empower you to learn how to self-advocate as a deaf/hard of
hearing individual and/or to become aware with assistive technology. The
training is scheduled and located at:

Monday, October 3, 2011

6:00pm to 8:00pm

West Waco Library & Genealogy Center – Conference room
5301 Bosque Blvd., Suite 275 (near Waco High School)
Waco, TX 76710

Map link:


Refreshments will be provided by Sign of the Times.

The Speakers-

Brian Determan, an ASL-native deaf individual, serves as the Deafness
Resource Specialist 7A, through Communication Axess Ability Group, for a
program funded by Texas DARS (Department of Assistive and
RehabilitativeServices) – Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services. He
works with various agencies and service providers regarding their access
obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation
Act. His training will empower deaf or hard of hearing individuals with
knowledge of their civil rights and how to self-advocate.

Olivia Bills, a hard of hearing individual, serves as the Hearing Loss
Resource Specialist 7A, through CSD of Texas, for a program funded by Texas
DARS (Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services) – Office for Deaf
and Hard of Hearing Services. She provides services, equipment demo’s,
presentations, information, resources, referrals, and awareness on hearing
loss issues.

Accommodations for participants such as real time captioning (C.A.R.T.) or
sign to voice interpreter services must be requested by Wednesday, September
28, 2011 by 5:00pm. Email to: [email protected] or
[email protected] or call the office at VP/Direct 512-410-1786.

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