The DARS Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS) Board for Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI) certification program is responsible for testing and certifying the skill level of individuals seeking to become certified interpreters in Texas. The primary goal of the BEI certification program is to ensure that prospective interpreters are proficient in their ability to meaningfully and accurately comprehend, produce, and transform ASL to and from English.
Helping people communicate and connect with one another is what we’re all about at the UT Dallas Callier Center for Communication Disorders. From providing pre and post-surgical evaluations for children with cochlear implants, to offering speech and language therapy for patients of all ages, we offer quality care in a compassionate, family-centered environment.
The Deaf Network website is well-known in the deaf community in Texas, especially its popular email-based announcements & newsletters.
Imagination Texas’ Special Weekend for the Deaf celebrated its twenty-fifth year in April 2015! This program began when a zealous Deaf Education teacher named Dianne Fisher endeavored to find funding to bring the National Theatre for the Deaf’s performance of Treasure Island to her students in Fort Worth. What began as a single performance turned into a weekend of fine arts workshops, a dance, and the bringing together of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students all over the state of Texas.
The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Institute is dedicated to increasing educational and occupational opportunities for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing. Directed by Dr. Stephanie W. Cawthon, this institute takes a systemic approach to its work. Researchers address contextual barriers that prevent individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing from reaching their full potential. The institute seeks to identify and foster factors that promote resilience as individuals work toward academic, professional, and personal goals.
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The purpose of this program is to provide quality non-traditional training to selected individuals throughout the state of Texas that will lead to an increase the number of qualified and certified teachers serving students who are deaf or hard of hearing in the State of Texas.
The TASC is for candidates who plan to teach students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. The TASC assesses sign communication proficiency within one or more of several sign communication systems used in Texas classrooms. The test uses an interview format. An experienced interviewer conducts a 20-minute, one-on-one conversational interview with a candidate. The interview is videotaped, and the videotape is viewed by scorers who rate the candidate's expressive and receptive sign communication proficiency.