TDHH Resource Blog

Monday, June 28, 2004

District Hearing Teacher, in Vancouver Sun, Saturday, June 26, 2004.

School District No. 36 (Surrey) is one of the largest and fastest growing school districts in B.C. with a student population of 63,000 in 123 schools.

Applicants must possess a diploma in Deaf Education, valid B.C. Teaching Certificate and two years satisfactory teaching experience. Applicants must have a commitment to integration and the ability to cope with rapidly changing demands. Preference will be given to those fluent in ASL.

Applications, in the form of a resume with transcripts and references, clearly indicating the competition number, should be received no later than 4:00 p.m., Friday, July 2, 2004 to:
Competition #DHT163:04
Human Resources Department
School District No. 36 (Surrey)
14225 ? 56th Avenue, Surrey, B.C., V3X 3A3

Note: Faxed resumes will not be accepted. Successful applicants will be required to consent to a Criminal Record Search prior to employment. Only those persons selected for interviews will be contacted. To all others, thank you for your interest.

Obituaries (06/27/04) STEWART _ David Alan.
Died peacefully and unexpectedly in his sleep at his home near Mason, Michigan, on Monday June 7, 2004. David, husband of Elizabeth and father of Rachel, Rebecca, Jennifer and Michael. Son of Stanley and Elsie of Vancouver, where he was born (April 10, 1954). Brother of Diane (Norm), Amandah (Marke) and Sherry (David); and uncle to Cheri-Leigh (Paul), Jessalyn, Kaylia, Styles, Brennen, and Jonn; and great-uncle to Emmett. Brother-in-law of Caroline and Fred; uncle to Alex, Claire; and Pippa, and son-in-law to Jean Watson and Walter Bazley all of Ontario. David graduated from Vancouver Technical Secondary in 1972 and received his Bachelor of Science at Simon Fraser University. He continued his studies at the University of British Columbia where he received his Diploma for Deaf Education (1978), Master of Arts (1982) and Doctorate in Education in 1985. David began his career teaching deaf children at Jericho Hill School for the Deaf and has worked with families of deaf children for 25 years. David was Professor and Coordinator of the Deaf Education program at Michigan State University. He was a prolific writer with seven books in publication and has published more than 60 articles. He received many awards in his career, including the David Peikoff Chair of Deafness Studies at the University of Alberta. David was a member of the Gallaudet University Board of Trustees. David enjoyed the simple pleasures of Life as he dedicated himself to his family and vocation. He loved to ride his tractor, coach Michael's hockey games, and cheer for his daughters at soccer - he embraced his entire family life. When he visited the West Coast, he was anxious to eat Mom's perogies, enjoy fish and chips at Spanish Banks and spend time with family and friends. His wisdom and commitment to the Deaf community will always be remembered. His wonderful sense of humour will fill our memories. David heard not with his ears but with his heart and his footprints have touched many lives. We will cherish all our memories in our hearts forever. Funeral Services were held on June 12, 2004, in East Lansing. In lieu of flowers, he would love it if people would contribute to the Dr. David A. Stewart Scholarship Trust Fund for deaf students. An open house to celebrate David's life will be held in late September of this year.
Vancouver Sun / The Province

Thursday, June 24, 2004

From Susan, update on conference: links have been udated in previous posting, scroll down to June 7th posting...

The CAEDHH AGM will be held on Friday Oct 22 from 8:00-10:00 am. At that meeting the new executive will be elected. Although we have members willing to continue in most positions, all positions are open for nomination. The positions for which we have not had members come forward are President and President-Elect. Contact Susan van Gurp for more information about the responsibilities of each position.

To be nominated for the executive, the person being nominated, the one making the nomination and the person seconding the nomination must all be CAEDHH members. Nominations should be sent to: CAEDHH BC, 5455 Rumble Street, Burnaby,V5J 2B7 on the attached form by October 10th. Nominations can also be brought forward at the AGM

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Message from Vernon Currie
I have included the ATE equipment security information as an attachment. With the increasing cost of FM systems, it is becoming even more important to ensure that the ATE FM equipment is as secure as possible. It is especially important during the summer months. I have included some suggestions that you may wish to consider as you develop a plan that works for your specific school or district. This information is for your reference. It is not necessary to send a copy of your security plan to the Provincial ATE Program.

Word doc attachment School Security Plan for FM Equipment.doc

CI Information
There has been a request for a one day session with general information about cochlear implants, similar to what was done last year, to be given as an introduction to the Summer Institute Sept 1 & 2. I am sending this to see if there is enough interest to plan for this.

If you would attend a one day session on August 31, please let me know ASAP.

Susan van Gurp, Outreach Program Administrator,

Message from Susan van Gurp:
As you know there will be a Summer Institute, organized by CAEDHH and BCSD Outreach on September 1 and 2nd at UBC. The topics (speech and listening strategies) will apply to students with cochlear implants and hard of hearing students. If you are interested in receiving more information, let me know. The deadline for registration is June 30th.

To Itinerant Teachers:
You will soon receive a package of resource materials, which I have gathered over the past year, with the help of many itinerant teachers. The pages are meant to be put in a binder, and I hope you will continue to share resources with the Outreach Administrator, for distribution.

CAEDHH Conference October 2004 An update program and registration form will be sent out shortly. Remember there is a discount if you are a CAEDHH member!

Thursday, June 10, 2004

Sound Field Comparison
Have any of you used the Simeon sound field? If so, how does it compare with the Radium? What would you recommend and why?

We would appreciate your input.

Donna, Sue, and Andrea in District #42

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Job Changes

Joe McLaughlin recently resigned from the Vice Principal position at BCSD to accept a position as Dean of Deaf Studies at Ohlone College in California.

I will be taking the position as Vice Principal at BCSD, starting July 1st, and the Outreach position will be posted (I'll send out information about the posting when it's up). I have really enjoyed my five years in Outreach, getting to know you all and learning about what is happening across BC with Deaf and Hard of Hearing students.

I hope you keep in touch after I've moved and in the meantime, you'll keep getting my e-mails!

Susan van Gurp, Ph.D.
Outreach Program Administrator

Monday, June 07, 2004

From Susan: Here is a revised explanation about direct and consultative service. I sent this document to Claudia, who supported what it said, so you might want to show it to your directors when discussing which students to claim
for next year:

See attached file: service delivery.doc

French Exemptions: The Ministry web site offers the following information: and

Decisions to exempt should be documented as part of the IEP and should be made after considering assessment information about the student's cognitive, sensory or physical disabilities. Such exemptions should include consultation with parents or guardians as part of the IEP process.

Having said this, one needs to be aware that exemption may have some impact on post-secondary enrolment. Each university and college sets its own entrance criteria. For example, UBC requires a second language as a requirement for admission. UBC also recognizes ASL as a second language. Universities and colleges are governed by a different Act, the Universities and Colleges Act, which gives them autonomy to set their own criteria.

While first year entrance in most universities does required the completion of a language 11 course, most first year entrance requirements to a college for a university transfer program do not require the completion of a language 11.

For example, if I do not complete a language 11, I can register at z college for a university transfer program and when I successfully complete first year, can then enter second or third year in a university without a language 11.

The language 11 requirement is just to enter first year university. If I do first year in a college and then meet the grade requirements to enter in either second or third year in an university, I do not need a language to enter most programs.

This should always be checked out with each post-secondary a student might want to attend. The following page of links will take you to the universities and colleges in BC.

Hope this helps.

Bill "Standeven, Bill J"

From Susan van Gurp: Here is the udated information about the fall CAEDHH conference (it will also be printed in the upcoming FORUM):

See attached file: CAEDHH-BCconfersched041.doc
See attached file: CAEDHH-BCregform041.doc

and a CAEDHH membership form:

See attached file: memform041.doc

If you are a member, you can nominate another member for a CAEDHH executive position:

See attached file: execnom1.doc

Susan van Gurp, CAEDHH Corresponding Secretary

Sad News
We have just heard that David Stewart passed away in his sleep last night. Many of you remember him from when he taught at Jericho Hill School or at UBC. Over the years, he built an international reputation as a well respected scholar and teacher and he has been directing the Deaf Education Program at Michigan State University for some years. He will be missed by many.

Susan van Gurp, Ph.D.
Outreach Program Administrator

Have any of you used or spoken with someone who has used "FOUNDATIONS IN SPEECH PERCEPTION" by Cochlear Corporation?

We would appreciate your input.

Donna, Sue, and Andrea in District #42

Please respond to:

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Message from Joe Coelho


FM equipment loaned to schools/districts from the Auditory Training Equipment Program has traditionally been sent to Public Health Audiology Clinics for summer check and storage. In an effort to minimize the disruption from one school year to the next, to ensure FM equipment is readily available when students return to school in September, and to address the changing needs of the school and public health systems (schools with balanced calendars, students attending summer school, reduced resources at some of the clinics, etc.) we would like to initiate the following year end procedures for Ministry of Education owned FM:

1. FM equipment used by the same student the following school year should be checked for proper functioning at the end of the year and stored in secure facilities at the school/district over the summer. Teachers may find the attached FM checking procedures useful. If more information, or guidance to check the proper functioning of equipment is needed please contact Vernon Currie at 604-485-6271.

2. Some Public Health audiology clinics have informed us that they do not assume responsibility for Ministry of Education owned FM equipment sent to them; therefore, schools/districts remain responsible in the event of loss or damage of equipment they send to the local Public Health Audiology clinic for checking and storage.

3. The following Ministry of Education owned FM equipment must be returned to the Technical Support Center in Powell River before the end of June:
-All equipment and accessories in need of repair
-any equipment that will not be used by the same student the next school year
-all accessories no longer needed by students
-all equipment currently used as backup

4. Please fill out the datatabase template attached and list all thestudents in your school district you know will be using ProvincialResource Program FM in September 2004. Please send it electronically byJune 15th 2003, to

If you have any questions, or suggestions to better address your
school/district FM needs please give me a call or contact Vernon Currieat 604-485-6271. I anticipate that some folks will have difficulty withthe attachments. If so, please give Vernon a call and he will make sureyou get a good copy. Vernon has also developed some suggestions and considerations for equipment security plans that he will be sharing
through the ATE and HRT listserves.


Joe Coelho
Director, Provincial Programs
School District No. 47 (Powell River)
Direct phone: 604-525-0502

Year End FM Listening Check.doc

Copy of ATE inventory submission.xls

ATE-equipment repair template-year end.doc