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September 23, 2004

Classes on deafness being offered at Sulphur

From: Daily Ardmoreite, OK - Sep 23, 2004

For all community service providers, law enforcement personnel, medical community, and social service providers, Cooperating School Districts of Oklahoma is proud to present two courses on deafness. Six credits for CDSVRP or CLEET for each course are available.

Both courses will take place at the OSU Cooperative Extension Service Conference Room on 4000 West Highway 7, Sulphur. Both free courses will be presented by Kristina Hakey. The first course ''My Deaf World'' & ''Cultural Competency and Deaf Community,'' will be on Sept. 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will gain knowledge regarding Deaf people, Deaf Culture, the various causes of deafness, Deaf history, the proper use of an interpreter, various communication modes used by the deaf, tips to promote effective communication, technologies used by the deaf and challenges faced when serving deaf or hard of hearing people.

''Survival American Sign Language,'' is the second course of study to give participants a better understanding of American Sign Language and to equip them to use vital signs to better communicate with deaf and hard of hearing clients while waiting for an interpreter to arrive. The course is Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sponsors of the Training on Deafness are CSD, OSU Cooperative Extension Service, Family Shelter of Southern Oklahoma and the Carter County Community Alliance against Domestic Violence.

Those with questions or to register for the training can do so by contacting the CDS office at (918) 835-7445, (866) 835-7445 or e-mailing

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