Outreach Services for Deaf & Hard of Hearing


Contact Information

Janine Cole
(307) 777-6376
janine.cole@wyo.gov
Gina Lujan
(307) 777-7410
gina.lujan1@wyo.gov
Outreach Services for the Deaf or Hard of Hearing provides consultative services through instructional leadership by providing training, support and guidance to all Wyoming school districts, child development centers and community members.

Outreach for the D/HH Mission

To improve the quality of life for students impacted by hearing loss through training, support and guidance to families and all related professionals who endeavor to empower all children who are deaf or hard of hearing to reach their full potential.

Outreach Staff Services

  • Technical assistance in the form of in-services, workshops and professional development tailored to the specific needs of students/children. Topics may include:
    • Information related to Audiology
    • Teaching Strategies
    • Language Strategies
    • Behavior Strategies
    • Sign Language Support
    • Educational Sign Language Interpreting
    • Materials available from the Outreach Library for the D/HH
    • Statewide Hearing Screening Training
    • Deaf Education Series via the WEN
      • Literacy
      • Audiology
      • Educational Interpreting
      • Sign Language Training
  • Conduct on-site observations of students/children who are deaf and hard of hearing. Provide immediate feedback to districts/centers by offering instructional suggestions and input specific to the student/child’s needs.
  • Collaborate, plan, and conduct educational/social events for Wyoming’s students who are deaf or hard of hearing, their families and service providers:
    • WY-HI (Wyoming Hearing Impaired Contact)
    • Academic Bowl
    • Secondary Transition

Outreach Library for the D/HH Resources and Materials

  • Instructional material for teachers
  • Sign Language dictionaries, children’s books and DVDs
  • Language development resources
  • Auditory Training Materials
  • Assistive Technology Materials (Cochlear Implants, hearing aids, FM systems)
  • Assessment/Evaluationtools
  • Biographies by deaf authors
  • Parenting children who are deaf materials
  • EHDI Hearing Screen Manual and CD
Resource Specialist
Jo Otterholt
539 South Payne
Casper, Wyoming 82609
(307) 577-4686
wsdlibrary@educ.state.wy.us

Upcoming Outreach Services Events

Spring WYHI 2014

  • This year we went rollerskating and watched ‘Rio 2′. We had over 180 attendees at this years event and deem it a huge success!
  • Location: Casper, WY
  • Contact: Jo Otterholt, jo.otterholt@wyo.gov, (307) 577-4686

Professional Development Workshop

  • details to come
  • For service providers working with students who are deaf or heard of hearing
  • Topics to include technology (incorporating iPad lessons with students and connecting a DVR) and Hands and Voices Support Group.
  • Location: Casper, WY
  • Contact: Janine Cole, janine.cole@wyo.gov, (307) 777-6376

Sign Language Workshop

  • date to be announced
  • Location: WDE Outreach Library, Casper, WY
  • Contact: Janine Cole, janine.cole@wyo.gov, (307) 777-6376

Professional Development Webinars

  • date to be announced
  • These webinars are for service providers working with students who are deaf and hard of hearing. Topics will include: Supporting school entry/transition; assessing student classroom listening challenges and strategies’ learning to listen; and understanding children’s aided hearing using the desired sensation level approach.
  • Contact: Janine Cole, janine.cole@wyo.gov, (307) 777-6376

Links

Transition Websites

Auditory Verbal Therapy Websites

Cochlear Implant Websites

Websites for FM Systems

ASL Websites

Library Resources Websites