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Please find the link below for the posting of the Hard of Hearing Services Coordinator vacancy.  Feel free to share this information with anyone you know who might be interested in applying.  Thank you.




Department of Health and Human Services

Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

820 S. Boylan Ave.

2301 MSC

Raleigh, NC, 27699-2301

Employment Opportunity

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Location: Wytheville, Virginia

Closing Date – Open Until Filled


      The Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) is seeking a qualified VR Counselor for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing to provide comprehensive vocational rehabilitation services to eligible persons with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities in the Southwest District. This position will provide coverage for the Christiansburg, Wytheville, Abingdon, Norton, and Pounding Mill offices. The incumbent in this position will be fluent in American Sign Language; familiar with aspects of employment issues related to deafness and hearing loss and must be knowledgeable of specific resources for consumers who are deaf and hard of hearing. The incumbent should be familiar with assistive technology and have the ability to effectively provide counseling assistance related to this specific disability group.


      Responsibilities:  Provides vocational rehabilitative services including guidance, counseling, training, physical/mental restoration services, and job placement services. Plans, develops, and implements vocationally focused service plans that identify customer goals, services and costs to help them become employed. Coordinates service provision to include training/vocational preparation, job placement services, job development, job seeking skills training and rehabilitation technology services. The agency has the option of filling this job at the Counselor I (Trainee) level if fully qualified applicants are interviewed and not selected. The salary range for a Counselor I (Trainee) is $30,239 – $66,863. The salary range for a Counselor II (fully qualified) is $38,922 – $83,649.

      Requirements:  Experience with the principles and practices of vocational service delivery to individuals with disabilities. Experience interviewing, evaluating, and counseling individuals with disabilities. Experience with Caseload Management and Case Documentation. Demonstrated knowledge of the methods and tools for career counseling and exploration. Demonstrated ability to handle multiple responsibilities. Demonstrated ability to communicate information effectively in writing and verbally. Fluency in American Sign Language required. Successful candidate must have considerable knowledge of and understanding of the communication, cultural and psychosocial needs of persons who are deaf and hard of hearing. Demonstrated knowledge of Windows based computer software.
      Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling or closely related field or current CRC credential are required of fully qualified Counselor II candidates. To be considered as a Counselor I (Trainee), individuals must have a Bachelor’s degree in a human services or related field and applicable work experience. An individual hired as a Counselor Trainee will be required to sign a Conditions of Employment and must enroll within six months of being hired in an academic program to obtain a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling or a closely related field. Successful candidate must pass criminal background investigation. College transcripts must accompany application and must display the date the degree (Master’s or Bachelor’s) was awarded.
Apply:  https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com/postings/102202


Contact for additional information:  mary.nunnally@dars.virginia.gov

Interpreter Education Program Research

My name is Krystal Butler. I am a graduate student at Gallaudet University. I am conducting research on the experience of students in Interpreter Education Programs or IEPs (also referred to as ITPs and IPPs). It is my hope that this study can be used to increase our understanding of the IEP experience. To be considered as a participant in this study you must have prior IEP/ITP/IPP experience. Graduation from the program is not required. 

Here is the link to the survey: 


For any questions regarding this study please contact me at, krystal.butler@gallaudet.edu

Thank you for your participation

Smokey Mountain Deaf Club Workshop

A workshop to help you understand what the role is of an interpreter

 Ø  What is your IDEAL interpreter?

Ø  What does a Licensed Interpreter mean?

Ø  What are the RID Tenets of the Code of Professional Conduct (CPC)

Ø  Where can I find interpreters with a License?

Ø  What to do before you file a complaint

Ø  How do you file a complaint?

Ø  Resources


By Kevin W. Earp

Kevin W. Earp is native to NC and a graduate of Eastern NC School for the Deaf. He also graduated from NTID, Gallaudet and East Carolina University.  He is responsible for developing statewide policy and program resources for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  Kevin was appointed by the DHHS to serve on the NC Interpreting and Transliterating Licensure Board.