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Here are the classes we currently offer:

Accommodations 101: Providing Services for DHH Students

This course is designed for professionals who work in disability services but do not have specific training for working with students who are deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH), also those who need a refresher in working with this population.

Participants will learn the basics of providing accommodations to students who are D/HH and learn important elements to consider when choosing appropriate accommodations. Participants will have the opportunity to apply what they learn to practical scenarios that disability service professionals are likely to encounter. At the end of the course, participants will be prepared to implement effective accommodations and auxiliary services for students who are D/HH.

Accommodations 102: Providing Services for DHH Students

This course is designed for disability services coordinators and administrators working in the college and university setting who have some experience working with students who are deaf or hard of hearing, or those who have taken the previous QuickClass, Accommodations 101.

Participants will have the opportunity to apply what they learn to practical scenarios that disability service professionals are likely to encounter. At the end of the course, participants will have knowledge, information, and resources to provide effective accommodations and auxiliary services for students are deaf or hard of hearing.

Prerequisites:
Participants must have at least 1 year experience working with deaf and hard of hearing students or have completed the Accommodations 101 QC.

Deaf / Hard of Hearing 101

This introductory course is designed for those who have little or no experience with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. Participants in this class will learn about the physiology of hearing loss, gain a basic understanding of the range of communication methods available, as well as explore the issues of cultural affiliation and self-identity. Participants will examine different accommodations and ways of providing access for this population. They will also look at what it means to be deaf or hard of hearing in a hearing world.

Deaf / Hard of Hearing Consumers with Additional Disabilities

This course is for professionals in vocational rehabilitation and non-profit settings who have some familiarity working with people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

This course will address the additional service needs of consumers who are deaf or hard of hearing and who also have another disability such as vision loss, mental health issues, addiction, and minimal language skills. During the course, participants will gain a working knowledge of the impact these additional disabilities place on individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, develop familiarity with testing/assessment issues, understand various technology options, and begin to identify resources to use with these populations.

Ethical Considerations for Interpreters

This course is for interpreters.

The course will examine the role of ethics in a professional settings. Participants will examine how ethics and professionalism are influenced by culture, workplace environment, and individual backgrounds. The class will explore how professional boundaries and dual relationships can affect the professional/consumer relationship. Participants will use a framework for ethical decision making to discuss sticky situations and arrive at professional solutions.

Ethical Considerations for Speech-to-Text Providers

This course is for real-time speech-to-text providers.

The course will examine the role of ethics in a professional settings. Participants will examine how ethics and professionalism are influenced by culture, workplace environment, and individual backgrounds. The class will explore how professional boundaries and dual relationships can affect the professional/consumer relationship. Participants will use a framework for ethical decision making to discuss sticky situations and arrive at professional solutions.

Ethical Considerations for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors

This course is for counselors in the vocational rehabilitation setting.

The course will examine the role of ethics in a professional settings. Participants will examine how ethics and professionalism are influenced by culture, workplace environment, and individual backgrounds. The class will explore how professional boundaries and dual relationships can affect the professional/consumer relationship. Participants will use a framework for ethical decision making to discuss sticky situations and arrive at professional solutions.

Ethical Considerations for Disability Service Professionals

This course is for professionals working in disability services.

The course will examine the role of ethics in a professional settings. Participants will examine how ethics and professionalism are influenced by culture, workplace environment, and individual backgrounds. The class will explore how professional boundaries and dual relationships can affect the professional/consumer relationship. Participants will use a framework for ethical decision making to discuss sticky situations and arrive at professional solutions.

Interpreting for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals with Additional Disabilities

This course is for interpreters who have been working in the field for at least 2 years. This course will address the additional service needs of consumers who are deaf or hard of hearing and who also have another disability. The class will address vision loss, mental health issues, substance abuse, autism, and minimal language skills. During the course, participants will gain a working knowledge of the impact these additional challenges place on individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, understand various communication options, and consider how the additional challenge impacts the role of the interpreter.

Interpreting in the VR Setting

This introductory course is designed for interpreters who are interested in learning more about working in the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) settings. Participants in this class will be introduced to VR as a system, explore the factors that make the system unique, meet the different professionals and consumers in VR, and address the particular ethical dilemmas that this setting poses. Participants will discuss the rewards of working in the VR system and learn more about the resources and supports that are available. Participants will be given an opportunity to assess their own suitability and attitudinal aptitude for working in this interesting and diverse environment.

Prerequisites:
Participants must have worked a minimum of six months as professional interpreters. Experienced interpreters who have NOT worked in a vocational rehabilitation setting are also welcome.

Making Online Classes Accessible

This course is for administrators, disability services professionals, and instructors who want to learn how to make distance learning accessible to students who are deaf and hard of hearing.

This course will explore distance learning benefits and challenges for students with disabilities. We will look at various modes and methods of delivering course content and how each can be made accessible. Participants will gain knowledge of best practices in teaching through distance technologies and learn how to go beyond traditional teaching methods. We will also examine how incorporating Universal Design techniques can make distance learning more accessible for all students.

Making Sense of Hearing Assistive Technology

This course is designed for disability service professionals and VR counselors who would like to learn more about how assistive listening and alerting devices benefit deaf and hard of hearing individuals, especially FM systems. This course will review traditional assistive technologies, introduce new technology, and will demonstrate the ways technology can link together to create the most beneficial listening environments. Participants will feel confident in choosing the most effective communication accommodations for individuals with hearing aids or cochlear implants.

Making Your Campus Accessible

This course is designed for disability services professionals, administrators, and other college personnel who want to learn how to improve access for members of the campus community who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Participants will explore strategies for making a campus accessible to people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Topics will include legal and civil rights foundations, the use of technology, safety and emergency preparedness, policies and procedures, and collaboration strategies. The focus will be on campus environments outside the classroom.

Mentoring Interpreters in the Postsecondary Environment

This QuickClass is designed for seasoned, working interpreters who would like to take the next step in their professional development and become a mentor to a new (or student) interpreter.

Many interpreters have experienced being a mentee sometime in their professional life. Sometimes that experience was extremely positive; sometimes not as effective as it could have been. Through a series of videotaped lectures, discussion boards and practice assignments, we will learn how to make a mentoring relationship as effective as possible. Participants will learn the basics of beginning a mentoring relationship, as well as how to run the mentoring meetings. This course is designed to introduce some theoretical frameworks and approaches that can serve as the foundation for development of one’s own personal style of mentoring.

Post Production or Offline Captioning: Part 1

This course is for administrators, disability services professionals, and instructors who want to learn how to make classroom and online materials accessible through captioning.

The course will examine various types of captions, standards for captions, captioning methods and softwares, as well as laws related to captioning and accessibility. We will discuss the pros and cons of outsourcing compared to captioning in-house. Participants will gain knowledge about the captioning process as well as be able to choose an appropriate option for their institution.

Post-Production or Offline Captioning: Part 2

This is an advanced course on how to create post production captions for accessibility. It is for those who have completed the Post-Production or Offline Captioning QuickClass.

Participants will use the DCMP guidelines to create a verbatim transcript with appropriate line breaks. They will practice adding time codes and exporting captioning files. They will learn about various video formats, caption formats, and how to work with these formats.

Skill Building for New C-Print Captionists: Part 1

This QuickClass is for beginning C-Print Captionists, who have successfully completed their online training and have been captioning for less than two years.

Many captionists work in isolation and have little contact with their fellow professionals. There is also a lack of continuing education opportunities for captionists. For these reasons pepnet 2 has developed this QuickClass to help promote quality services for deaf and hard of hearing students. During the next six weeks you'll discuss current issues with fellow captionists, complete skill building activities, and develop a network of peers to support you in your work.

Skill Building for New C-Print Captionists: Part 2

This course is for C-Print captionists who have been captioning for less than 2 years or on a limited basis. Participants must have completed the “Skill Building for New C-Print Captionists: Part 1” QuickClass. This is a continuation of the first QuickClass.

Captionists often work in isolation and have few opportunities for skill building and networking. Participants in this class will continue to work on increasing skills in captioning speed and accuracy. They will practice strategies for capturing content in more detail and with fewer errors. They practice self-evaluation and develop a detailed goal plan for the short term and long term.

Skill Building for C-Print Captionists: Intermediate

This course is designed for intermediate level captionists. This course will provide captionists with networking and skill building opportunities. Participants will take their captioning to the next level by learning techniques to infuse their transcripts with more clarity, visual emphasis, and speaker meaning and style. In addition, participants will discuss professionalism, ethics, and teaming.

Prerequisites:

  • Must have complete C-Print online training.
  • Must have access to a computer with current C-Print software for the duration of the class.
  • Must be using C-Print Pro software 2.6 or higher.
  • Should have at least 2 years of experience captioning.

Skill Building for New TypeWell Transcribers

This course is designed for TypeWell Transcribers who have successfully completed the Basic Skills Course and have been transcribing for less than one year. The course is designed to help new transcribers stabilize their chunking and abbreviation skills as they transition into the classroom, while also providing guidance and support for new service providers to interpret and apply the Code of Ethics, establish professional boundaries, and practice problem-solving skills in their new professional role. The format of the class will include online discussion, reading, and hands-on practice activities.

Prerequisites:

  • Have completed TypeWell Basic Skills Course
  • Have access to a computer with TypeWell software for the duration of the class