Join us November 15, 2017:
What can ODHH do for you?
Presented by Bette Mentz-Powell, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Specialist, Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
This presentation will include an overview of the Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing services for people who are hard of hearing and deaf and the resources the office can provide to the community. Come and learn:
* Information related to the ODHH Service Fund;
* How to apply for funding to cover CART services
* Basic information related to ADA and Section 504 laws as they apply to people who are living with hearing loss.
If you have questions about your rights as a hard of hearing person and how they apply to communication access, now will be the time to ask!
Bette Mentz-Powell is the Senior Deaf and Hard of Hearing Specialist in Wisconsin’s Southern Region. Her office is based in Madison and she covers a sixteen county area. A former high school English teacher, Mentz-Powell holds a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling Psychology from UW-Madison and is licensed by the State of Wisconsin as an Independent Social Worker and a Professional Counselor.
She has worked in her current position in the Department of Health Services for the past thirty-two years and provides a wide array of services to hard of hearing, deaf, and deafblind people and the agencies that serve them. Services include assistance, information and referral, education and training, consultation and outreach. She has a special interest in the areas of HIV/AIDS prevention in the Deaf community, hard of hearing and Deaf inmates and legal issues as they relate to hearing loss.
Mentz-Powell experienced sudden and complete deafness at the age of 30 as a result of acoustic nerve tumors and uses sign language as her preferred mode of communication. In her spare time, Mentz-Powell breeds and shows Chinese Cresteds and enjoys her tortoise.