Consumer Training and Education Programs


Interpreter Training Youth Training/Camps
Certification of Deafness for Tuition Waiver Consumer Education

The Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS), is seeking presenters interested in providing training related to the following priority areas:

Completed proposals should be sent to: dhhs.proposals@dars.state.tx.us.

Interpreter Training Opportunities


Purpose

DHHS sponsors skills building and training opportunities for interpreters and coordinates training sponsored by other entities. DHHS also provides Continuing Education Units (CEU's) for certification maintenance to participants in any approved training.

| CEU Application | Interpreter Training Programs |

Interpreter Training Events:

BEI Test Overview: What is the Test Testing?

What measurements does the BEI test focus on? What type of scoring system is used? Objective scoring is used but how does adaptability, pronunciation, fluency and delivery come into the scoring process? While the cut-off number for objective unit errors is exact, a range of unit errors is established for the subjective score. An overview of the BEI testing process will be provided to participants. The formats of the written Test of English Proficiency (TEP) and the Performance Test will be discussed, in addition to reviews of the rating process and examples of scoring determinants.

August 16, 2016:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/731939768933229572

August 20, 2016:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/862413316034861058

Interpreter Training Programs

Webinars

For a detailed description and registration information for any of the following webinars, click the related hyperlink(s) below.

7/25/2016

Be Employable: The Path to Increasing Your Starting Power and Staying Power! – 0.3 DHHS CEUs (Jo Hilton)

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5803658153846820866

 

7/28/2016

Mental Health Practices: A Primer for Interpreters – 0.3 DHHS CEUs (Jo Hilton)

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1672489503026633986   

 

8/1/2016

A Trifecta of Emergency Medical Education Interpreting: A Case Scenario Approach – 0.3 DHHS CEUs (Michael Moon)

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5495640966561557250

 

8/2/2016

Working Without a Net: Interpreting for Students with Minimal Language Competency – 0.3 DHHS CEUs (Alaina Webb)

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/127176487899128836

 

8/4/2016

Can I Do That? Ethical Considerations for Educational Interpreters – 0.3 DHHS Ethics CEUs (Alaina Webb)

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2407131495837017348

 

8/4/2016

DISCRIMINATION! #DO-DO YOU? What Interpreters Need to Know About the ADA – 0.125 DHHS General CEUs and 0.075 DHHS Ethics CEUs (Melissa Bell)

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4504031011278874884

 

8/6/2016

Spanish and English Consecutive and Sight Translation Techniques and Practice for the Trilingual Interpreter – 0.3 DHHS CEUs (Yvette Citizen)

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2503180433593330180

 

8/9/2016

Lessons on Vocabulary, Synonyms, and Antonyms (Preparation for the Test of English Proficiency) – 0.3 DHHS CEUs (Heidi Moore)

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3437322214017297412

 

8/16/2016

BEI Test Overview: What is the Test Testing? – 0.3 DHHS General Studies CEUs (Lauri Metcalf)

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/731939768933229572

 

 

8/18/2016

Nuts and Bolts of the BEI Court Interpreter Test: An Overview – 0.3 DHHS CEUs (Rita Wedgeworth)

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4164560095349562116

 

8/20/2016

To See or Not to See: Self-Worth vs Self-Assessment – 0.3 DHHS CEUs (Denise Campbell)

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4224860611551848708

 

8/20/2016

BEI Test Overview: What is the Test Testing? – 0.3 DHHS General Studies CEUs (Lauri Metcalf)

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/862413316034861058

 

 

8/22/2016

Spanish and English Interpreting in Legal, Medical, and Social Services – 0.3 DHHS CEUs (Yvette Citizen)

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5831585749313254660

 

8/25/2016

How Does Your Interpreter Training Effect your Ethical Decision Making – 0.3 DHHS CEUs (Holly Warren-Norman)

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5950817889741819652

These trainings are offered periodically throughout the year. Please contact DHHSwebinar@dars.state.tx.us for upcoming dates.

English Prep Webinar Series

This four-day series will provide you with strategies and decision-making techniques to improve English comprehension and give you a knowledge base for the Test of English Proficiency (TEP). You will learn how to identify synonyms and antonyms from various English written materials, how to evaluate grammar in written materials, and how to improve reading comprehension skills so you can analyze a written passage and understand the relationship of ideas within the passage.

English Prep Winter 2016:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1290236582645207298

English Prep Spring 2016:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5440233270523529986

BEI Test Overview: What is the Test Testing?

What measurements does the BEI test focus on? What type of scoring system is used? Objective scoring is used but how does adaptability, pronunciation, fluency and delivery come into the scoring process? While the cut-off number for objective unit errors is exact, a range of unit errors is established for the subjective score. An overview of the BEI testing process will be provided to participants. The formats of the written Test of English Proficiency (TEP) and the Performance Test will be discussed, in addition to reviews of the rating process and examples of scoring determinants.

April 5, 2016:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5947476467713132802

June 7, 2016:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/279797491737197570

These trainings are offered periodically throughout the year. Please contact DHHSwebinar@dars.state.tx.us for upcoming dates.

Consumer Education on Deaf and Hard of Hearing Issues


DHHS provides training and other educational activities for the benefit of individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. The services of this program may extend to families, service providers, educational systems and institutions, employers and governments and may focus on communication access issues.

Trainings are offered periodically throughout the year. Please contact DHHStraining@dars.state.tx.us for upcoming events.

Youth Training/Camps


Camp SIGN is a week-long summer program for children who are deaf or hard of hearing between the ages of 8 and 15. A counselor in training program is available to children who are deaf or hard of hearing between the ages of 16 and 17. The camp program is dependent on donated funds. Donations are welcome throughout the year and are tax deductible.

More Information | Counselor Information | Camper Information in Spanish | Application |

Certification of Deafness for Tuition Waiver


Provides a certificate that verifies hearing loss for applicants for tuition waiver at state supported post-secondary schools in Texas. The basic criteria for applicants is either an unaided average hearing loss of 55 decibels (dB) or greater (using 500, 1000, 2000 and 4000 Hz) or an aided average hearing loss of 30 dB or greater using the same frequencies. Alternate options for eligibility are listed on the tuition waiver application for individuals who are "functionally deaf and the primary mode of communication in the classroom is through visual modes."

Frequently asked questions regarding Certification of Deafness for Tuition Waiver

| Application | Certificate of Deafness for Tuition Waiver information is found at 54.364 | 83rd Regular Legislative Session, SB 1210 |