MCDHH E-News: March 31, 2022

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Deaf Interpreting Workshop Series

Open to working Deaf and hearing interpreters as well as Deaf individuals interested in becoming Deaf Interpreters.  RSVP at WWW.ASLCONNECTIONS.COM April 23 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Olathe Club of the Deaf, 221 S. Chestnut  St., Olathe, KS  66061


The Working In Allyship With Deafhood

workshop with Marvin Miller will provide concrete applications for those within the interpreting or educational/ social services professional field. Please note that the language of this workshop is in ASL only. To get more information and/or register, please go to:

Visual Interpreting from English to ASL

April 23, 2022, Saturday @ 8 am – 4 pm  (Pacific Time)

Zoom Online Meeting, Presented by Trix Bruce (Deaf)

This webinar effectively guides interpreters working on English-to-ASL skills. Challenges in rendering ASL from English source material are refined by expediting visual thinking skills. Boosting mastery of a wide range of classifiers facilitates visual imagery.  This workshop will have several hands-on practice activities and group discussions.


Nelson Atkins Virtual ASL Tour

Micki Keck is leading on Saturday, April 9th.  We are hoping to switch back to in-person tours as summer approaches.  The virtual tour on Zoom will go from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, but all are welcome to sign onto Zoom at 10:30 am to hang out and socialize prior to the tour.

The tour is free, but participants must register through our website, here: This month’s theme is ‘Curiosity’ and is focusing on incredible works of art from our collection.


The Zen of Venn: Facets of Lived Experience

Ethel Louise Armstrong Lecture

A free public lecture at Ohio State University’s Multiple Perspectives conference

A Conversation with Emily Ladau: The Power of Owning Our Narratives and Sharing Our Stories

Presented Virtually on Tuesday, April 12th 4:00-5:45 PM EST

Emily Ladau is a passionate disability rights activist, writer, storyteller, and digital communications consultant whose career began at the age of 10, when she appeared on several episodes of Sesame Street to educate children about her life with a physical disability. Her writing has been published in outlets including The New York Times, SELF, Salon, Vice, and HuffPost and her first book, Demystifying Disability, was published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House, in September 2021. Emily has spoken before numerous audiences, from the U.S. Department of Education to the United Nations. Central to all of her work is a focus on and harnessing the power of storytelling as a tool for people to become engaged in disability and social justice issues.

Register for the Ethel Louise Armstrong Lecture here

Both plenary sessions are free and open to the public, but please register to receive the zoom information.

Live captioning and ASL interpretation will be provided for this webinar, but if you require another accommodation to participate in this event, please contact the ADA Coordinator’s Office at or 614-292-6207. Requests made two weeks before the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.


Starkloff Disability Institute (SDI)

is seeking to hire a Deaf & Hard of Hearing Outreach Coordinator. This position will help create meaningful relationships between SDI and the Deaf & Hard of Hearing community and build new connections within our programs. Would you please share the

attached job listing with your organization and network? Interested candidates may apply by emailing a cover letter and resume to me at For more information, click here:

Outreach Coordinator

Trauma Informed Interpreting

presented on April 13, 2022 from 6-9 PM CST.  This is a virtual training sponsored by Deaf LEAD.  For more information, click here:


University of Minnesota: Drive to Discover

The goal of this study is to assess the preparedness of audiologists to work with people with disabilities from the point of view of persons served, audiologists, and audiology education programs. This project is being conducted by myself, under the supervision of Dr. Evelyn Davies-Venn at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

This particular survey is intended to be taken by individuals with disabilities or their caregivers. Participants who complete the survey will have the opportunity to be entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon e-gift card! The survey will only take 5-10 minutes to complete.

To disseminate the survey, you can share the following link via a newsletter, email blast, social media post, or any other way that you see fit. I have attached a sample email you could use if you wish, but feel free to modify it to suit your organization and its audience.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

(Written English) Survey link:

(American Sign Language Accessible) Survey link:


2022 TDI Scholarship Now in its fourth year

the TDI Communication Access Scholarship Program is accepting applications. This program is available to all deaf and hard-of-hearing students graduating from high school this year. The scholarship application encourages deaf and hard-of-hearing students to innovate and bring forth ideas for addressing the communication challenges that the deaf and hard-of-hearing community faces.

“We hope that through disbursing scholarship, more deaf and hard of hearing youth leaders are given a head start to making an impact on advocating for accessibility, equity, and inclusion in information and communications technology,” said Mei Kennedy, TDI Scholarship chairperson. “Last year, we awarded six outstanding individuals and hope to see a growing number of applicants.”

All deaf and hard of hearing graduating high school seniors can apply online at before May 13, 2022. Applications can also be mailed and must be postmarked by the deadline. Applicants will be notified before September of the award.

For full scholarship details on eligibility, requirements, and application, visit TDI For Access – Scholarship


2nd Annual Deaf in Healthcare Summit for Interpreters

April 8-10, 2022.  Organized on the theme, “Ascending in the New Normal,” this year’s virtual summit is designed to provide sign language interpreters with a professional platform to learn from and collaborate with Deaf, hard of hearing and DeafBlind stakeholders, medical interpreters and medical professionals to create a shared vision of consumer-centric interpreting experiences in healthcare settings where everyone benefits.

We are also partnering with the Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Losses (AMPHL) to host a pre-conference that will provide interpreters with the skills, knowledge and resources to support Deaf and hard of hearing medical professionals in clinical settings. This pre-conference will be taking place April 7-8, 2022. The summit agenda and additional pertinent information is listed at

CREST (Cultivating Research & Equity in Sign-Related Technology) Network

is looking for distinguished professionals in the sign language technology field to give presentations about their work as part of our CREST Talks series. Lecturers will be compensated financially. All advertising and accommodations (ASL-English interpreting, captioning, etc.) will be handled on our end.

This is a fantastic opportunity for those seeking a platform to share knowledge and experience! Interested? Know someone who would be perfect for this? Please email us for more details at! Be sure to check out our website here: CREST Network Also subscribe to our io.groups so you

Overcoming Barriers in the Healthcare Field Using Technology

Check out some incredible technology that has made the medical field more accessible for students wanting to pursue careers in medicine. These devices allow students to overcome many barriers in the journey to become a physician! Click here to learn more Barriers in Healthcare

Gallaudet University IRB Approval

needs participants for a study on a novel ASL-based measure of cognitive functioning.  To participate: scan QR code or click Study Flyer.pdf to access study description and to complete eligibility screening or contact Erin Timperlake – Primary Researcher

MOCIL I.L. Summit

May 24, 2022 at the Branson Convention Center & Hilton of Branson.  This program will increase your knowledge of programs and services for individuals with disabilities through 30 breakout sessions, 2 keynote general sessions and an opening day session that will discuss non-profit board of director’s policies, governance models, recruiting board members and much more.  Please join us.

Still time to apply! IRIS (Improving Rural Interpreter Skills) Project Instructional Team

There is still time to apply to be a part of the IRIS instructional team (quick link to the application below)!  For more information, including a recording of an informational Q&A session, visit the IRIS Instructional Candidates webpage.  Recruitment for

IRIS participants/students will be in Spring 2022! See more about IRIS on our websiteFacebook and Instagram pages.


Collaboration with Other State Agencies

MO Careers VR Counselor of Deaf -St. Louis job posting – For more information: Mo Careers VR Couselor

Kids Assistive Technology – The purpose of the KAT Program is to provide help when:

  • No other funding source is available.
  • When other funding sources are not enough to cover the costs of the needed assistive technology or access modifications.

Applications for children in families of lower-income receive priority. More information is available on our website on eligibility requirements.

Funding must be provided by late September 2022, so apply NOW! Contact Missouri Assistive Technology with any questions at 816-655-6700. For more information, click here Kids Assistive Technology (KAT)

Community Announcements

Talk To Someone Now – If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States.

  • DCL: 321-800-3323 (deaf crisis line)
  • DDH: 800-985-5990 (disaster distress helpline VP)
  • Text: Type “HAND” to 839863