Chad: Hello! Welcome to Western Oregon University! Here at Western we offer a myriad of programs such as DeafBlind training, ASL studies, interpreting studies, and many more. Let me show you!
Lyra: Western is a small university, but for its size, it has proportionally the largest number of Deaf faculty and staff in the Western United States.
Rian: Western is a unique place. I, as a Deaf person, have a shared experience with the Deaf students who come into the office. Based on this shared experience, the students can trust that I will understand the concerns they have and empathize with the struggles they face in the classroom.
Rae Rae: I decided on Western because when I came to visit and was checking it out…
Sabrina: …When I came to visit I REALLY fell in love. It was Amazing….
Waitress: How can I help you today?
Chad: I’d like to order two pizzas.
Rae Rae: …the small campus is really nice.
Hannah: Class sizes are small and intimate. We are all really close.
Sabrina: I’ve met so many people and they’re all really friendly and supportive…
Climber: Can I come down?
Belayer: Yes, come on down
Student: Western has a good interpreting program…
Lyra: We have three years of American Sign Language. Most other colleges and universities offer one or two years of American Sign Language, but here at Western we offer a third year as well.
Patrick: This program is online and has two different tracks. The first is the classroom teaching experience where students learn what teaching looks like in the classroom. The other track is the itinerant teaching experience, where teachers are out in the field, going around to different schools, and working with various Deaf kids. Lots of teachers today are going into that specialization. So that’s what we do; we prepare teachers for either of these experiences.
Erin: Here at Western we have had an Interpreter Education Program since 1976. We greatly value the continual development, innovation, and modification of our program. Additionally, we are one of the first programs to pursue the CCIE accreditation for Master’s level interpreter education.
Chad: We have a new service that we have recently added to our extensive program offerings at Western. This is the RRCD Sign Language Assessment, to rate a person’s ASL proficiency. In this service, raters lead you through a short one-on-one dialogue in American Sign Language to assess your ASL skills and provide you with a score.
Jelica: The DeafBlind Institute is a national training and resource center which publishes national research, develops curriculum, recruits DeafBlind mentors, and provides training for interpreters, which focuses on protactile language.
Denise: The RMHC program has been in operation since the early 1970’s. It has two tracks, a general one and one with a Deaf specialization. Both of these tracks include vocational and mental health counseling training.
Alethea: Hi! I am a Western alum. I want to say thank you to Western for helping me to earn my Master’s degree in the Deaf Education Program. I now teach at Oregon School for the Deaf. Near the end of my two year program, Western helped me secure this job, where I teach Language Arts!
Demeter: …continual support through graduation…
Rae Rae: Real success is what I want…
Hannah: Building connections, that’s what I want…
Sabrina: I feel part of the Western family now…
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