Services for Persons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing -- Upcoming Events

The DARS, Division for Rehabilitative Services, Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS) works in partnership with people who are deaf or hard of hearing to eliminate societal and communication barriers to improve equal access for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. DHHS advocates for people of all ages who are deaf or hard of hearing to enable them to express their freedoms, participate in society to their individual potential, and reduce their isolation regardless of location, socioeconomic status, or degree of disability.


Opportunity for Public Comment on Board for Evaluation of Interpreters Certification Program

The Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS), is seeking public input and written comment on potential changes to the Board for Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI) certification program. The public will be able to provide input at the BEI advisory meeting and the BEI forum at the Texas Society of Interpreters for the Deaf (TSID) conference. Information regarding the current program and potential changes can be found here. http://www.dars.state.tx.us/councils/bei/CurrentBEI_3-14-14.docx.

March 28, 2014 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Board for Evaluation of Interpreters Advisory Meeting
MCM Elegante Hotel and Conference Center
2355 IH-10 South
Beaumont, Texas 77705

6:45 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
Texas Society of Interpreters for the Deaf (TSID) Conference
Board for Evaluation of Interpreters Forum
MCM Elegante Hotel and Conference Center
2355 IH-10 South
Beaumont, Texas 77705

Persons who have communication or other accommodation needs who are planning to attend a public hearing should contact the DARS Inquiries Line at 1-800-628-5115 or by email at DARS.Inquiries@dars.state.tx.us. Request for accommodations should be made five business days before the date of the hearing.

DARS will be taking written comment until Friday March 28, 2014. Written comments may be submitted electronically to angela.bryant@dars.state.tx.us or sent by postal mail to:

Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services
Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
Attention: Angela Bryant
PO Box 12904
Austin, Texas 78711


Notice to STAP Vendors:

Beginning September 1, 2013, registration and reimbursement services provided by the Public Utility Commission will become the responsibility of the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS). No significant changes will be implemented during FY 2014 which begins September 1, 2013.

Vouchers are to be submitted to Solix Inc for reimbursement along with documentation currently required. For questions regarding a reimbursement or status of a vendor registration contact the STAP Coordinator, Solix Inc at 877-236-6653 or stap@solixinc.com. For other questions, including allowable equipment, contact the STAP Administrator, DHHS at 512-407-3250 or stap@dars.state.tx.us


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