OUS offers deaf studies, interpreting certificate

Published 12:00 am Sunday, August 14, 2005

Ohio University Southern in collaboration with the deaf studies and interpreting department (DSI) at Ohio University Chillicothe are now offering one-year certificates in specific areas of deaf studies.

The 45-hour certificates are designed to enhance students' marketability in the work force.

They also provide professionals with up to date information on the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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The Certificate Program is part of the DSI two-year degree that was initially designed for professionals seeking training relating to the Americans with Disabilities Act regarding the deaf population.

The certificates are available in the following areas: criminal justice, mental health, health care professionals, education and business.

Each certificate includes 45 hours of training in that specific area and includes 12 hours of American sign language that is utilized by the deaf in our area.

The certificate program has grown to include students wanting to enhance their marketability by adding the program to their 2- or 4-year degree.

Nursing majors can enhance their training by adding the health care professionals certificate, law enforcement majors by adding the criminal justice certificate and so on.

Business owners can learn their responsibilities under the ADA to deaf and other handicapped individuals by taking the business certificate classes.

All the certificates have approximately 20 hours of core classes.

The remaining hours are dedicated to whichever field the student or professional has chosen.

Anyone interested in one of the certificates may contact the Ohio University Southern campus at (740) 533-4600 or (800) 626-0513 for more information and an application form.