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:

Interpreter Training Opportunities


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 Programs

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:

English Prep Spring 2016:

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:

June 7, 2016:

These trainings are offered periodically throughout the year. Please contact 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 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 |