Carol Zurek is the Statewide Coordinator for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Supports for DDS.
Carol has worked as the DDS Deaf and Hard of Hearing Coordinator for many years and previously worked as a Service Coordinator. If you are working with a Deaf individual for the first time or have a Deaf person who has been on your caseload for some time, or you're not sure how to best assist that person or meet that person's specialized needs Carol can assist.
As DDS Coordinator for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Supports Carol can:
- Work directly with Service Coordinators to provide input about how to approach and communicate with Deaf individuals
- Consult at or prior to ISP or other important meetings
- Provide Visual Language Assessment services for individuals using ASL, picture boards, or other means for communication
- Consult on transition issues for individuals turning 22
- Consult during intake and eligibility for Deaf consumers
- Visit on-site at individuals' homes or workplaces for consult on Deaf services
- Provide cultural awareness and sensitivity training on working with Deaf individuals
- Provide cross-cultural mediation services for Deaf and non-Deaf staff
- Consult to all units within the Department on Deaf services
- Provide information about and linkages to other resources
She can be reached at:
Carol.Zurek@state.ma.us or via two-way pager at address-Carol.Zurek1@vzw.blackberry.net or Videotape Rely Services at 866-327-3896.
Domestic and Sexual Violence hotline for Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf Blind victims and survivors
Our Deaf Survivors Center (ODSC) is proud to announce that our Domestic and Sexual Violence hotline for Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf Blind victims and survivors will be starting on June 23, 2014! ODSC is grateful to the Lenny Zakim Fund and Sprint for their support of ODSC’s hotline, allowing us to provide this new service to victims and survivors in Massachusetts.
The hotline will be available Monday through Friday from 5 PM to 9AM. Our signing Volunteer Advocates will be available for support during a crisis, to give emotional support, peer support, information and referrals. (During business days from 9 to 5 PM, we will refer them to DHILS and MCDHH for continuing support. If you want to have a list of DHILS and MCDHH support staff, contact me and I will send you an attachment of their contact information). All services are provided in ASL and are confidential.
The toll-free hotline number is: 1-844-ODSC-SAFE (1-844-637-2723). Please share this email with your colleagues.
SENATE BILL 238 (click on the senate bill for complete document)
HOUSE BILL 487
“An Act regarding sign language proficiency for certain teachers and educational interpreters”
*NO* proof of American Sign Language (ASL) proficiency is currently required in Massachusetts for Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and for Educational Interpreters who work in settings where sign language is used
American Sign Language (ASL) is a recognized foreign language in Massachusetts
In all MA public elementary and secondary schools, American Sign Language shall be recognized as a standard, independent language with its own grammar, syntax, vocabulary and cultural heritage. - MGL Chapter 71sec. 2B