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.
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