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Bill S.277 Passed! Vlog

Bill S.277 Passed!!
Transcript:
Hello, my name is Anita McDaniel, Executive Director of South Carolina Association of the Deaf. I have good news! The Senate passed bill S.277 "State Telecom Equity in Funding Act" and is now on its way to the SC Governor! What does this mean?

The “State Telecom Equity in Funding Act” connected with “Dual Relay Party” funds the SC Equipment Distribution Program (SCEDP) that helps the Deaf and Hard of Hearing residents of SC to receive free TTY, wireless doorbell, alert system, etc. 

To receive the equipment you must have landline telephone with telephone jack in the wall. Most of us do not have that anymore. We use cell phones and the internet. 

Now that the bill passed, SCEDP can change the policy to allow Deaf and Hard of Hearing residents to receive the equipment without landline telephone. However, first we must wait for the Governor to sign the bill!  This is exciting news and we hope that it will happen!  SCAD will keep you updated. Thank you! 

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Voting Rights Videos

SCAD is pleased to share the voting rights videos from P&A and The South Carolina DisAbility Voting Coalition. You can click on the CC button for Closed Captions. One of SCAD's Board members participated in the third video. If you have any questions about voting, please do not hesitate to contact us at our office. 

Voting Rights Videos 
P&A and The South Carolina DisAbility Voting Coalition release a set of three new voting rights videos.  

P&A and the SC DisAbility Voting Coalition are proud to release three new videos on the voting rights of individuals with disabilities in South Carolina. Each video addresses a different voting topic to include how to register to vote, the different ways a person with a disability can vote, and accessibility challenges that may exist at polling places.

Please help us by sharing these videos on social media to spread the word that people with disabilities are a part of their community and their right to vote matters. 

2 PT Staff Interpreter Positions-SCVRD

In the three short years I’ve been with the South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department, we have undergone many positive changes to our DHH program. One of those improvements has been hiring our first staff interpreter. Kathy Stoehr has been with us for about a year and a half and our pilot program has been so successful (thank you, Kathy!) that I’ve have been approved to hire two additional interpreters!
 
The interpreters would work part-time, 30 hours per week from 8:30am-5pm Monday through Thursday. I am uncertain at this time if these positions would become full-time. Some of the interpreting work will be done through VRI and some will be done onsite, depending on the needs and preferences of the consumers. There will also be a need for these interpreters to assist with staff education including helping our office staff learn basic signs (good morning, good afternoon, please, thank you, etc) to greet Deaf consumers. We are looking for one person to cover the Midlands area and be housed in our Columbia office. The other interpreter would cover the Low Country and be housed in the Charleston office. All interpreters could potentially be asked to cover teamed assignments or similar situations in other regions if the need arises. We are looking for certified interpreters for these positions.
 
If you or someone you know is interested, please complete the attached forms and submit them to me at smagee@scvrd.state.sc.us or by fax at 803-896-6510. I look forward to hearing from you! 

State Application for SCVRD    State App EEO Questions

 
Warmly,
Shonna M. Magee
NIC:Master, CI, CT, OTC

Statewide Coordinator of Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Services
Statewide Coordinator of Latino Services

SC Vocational Rehabilitation Department (SCVRD)

HLAA Midlands Chapter Meeting-Saturday, May 21, 2016

Come see the Guest Speaker! Jamel Bradley, former Deaf Olympian and University of South Carolina Men's Basketball player 1998-2002-starter, team captain, Most Valuable Player, currently a school resource officer with the Richland County Sheriff's Department.

Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Midlands Chapter Meeting  at Still Hopes Retirement Community, 1 Still Hopes Dr, West Columbia, SC 29169
Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm  Click here for flyer

CART and LOOP will be available (Those with hearing aids, must know how to turn on telecoil to use LOOP. If not please contact your Audiologist for instructions.)

Please RSVP by May 18th to: David Bitters dabitters@gmail.com 803-250-7839

People of all ages and all types of hearing loss are welcome. Parents are welcome to bring your kids with hearing loss. Light refreshments provided. 

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