May 152015

Margaret Taylor

Margaret S. Taylor

2015 Mother of the Year


Margaret S. Taylor was born to Earl and Katherine Spangler of Glade Hill, Virginia. Margaret lost her hearing as a result of having a high fever while teething as an infant. Margaret attended

Glade Hill Elementary School until her parents met another couple who had a Deaf child that was attending the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind. Margaret began attending VSDB at age 8 and continued there until her graduation in 1964.


While at VSDB, Margaret achieved honorable mentions in 1956 and 1957, she was Football

Homecoming Maid of Honor in 1961, a member of the school literary society in 1962,

Homecoming Queen in 1963 and won the Girls’ Dormitory Awards in 1963 and 1964. During her time at VSDB, Margaret met Harry Taylor and they were married in June, 1965.


After marrying, the Taylors settled in Charlottesville, Virginia, where Harry was employed by University of Virginia Printing and Margaret was employed at Filtaire, Inc. and Chemtron.

While at Filtaire, Inc., Margaret was named the “Most Outstanding Handicapped Employee” by

the Charlottesville-Albermarle committee on Rehabilitation and Employment of the

Handicapped in the Charlottesville-Albermarle area. In 1974, Margaret became a stay at home wife and mother when her daughter Tammy was born.


The Taylors had an opportunity in 1978 to return to Franklin County, Virginia to be close to Margaret’s family. They joined Glade Hill Baptist Church and began teaching ASL classes. Their first class had an average enrollment of 47 students.


Harry was employed by Burroughs, Corp. and Standard Register printing company until his

retirement in 2001. Margaret worked for Doyle Enterprises for two years, then Franklin County Public Schools at the Glade Hill Community Cannery before becoming a stay-at-home wife and mother until retirement.


The Taylor’s daughter, Tammy Fortune, married Clint Fortune of Miami, Florida in 1996 and

gave the Taylors two grandsons, Clint, 13 and Jonathan, 8. Tammy has earned her Masters degree in Business Administration, is a nationally certified sign language interpreter and is

employed by Lynchburg City Schools and Sorenson Communications. Tammy also teaches in the American Sign Language Interpreting (ASLI) program at Liberty University, training future

interpreters. Clint is a stay at home father who until this year has homeschooled their children, is

an ordained minister and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Teaching -Elementary Education. The Taylors enjoy spending time with Clint, Tammy and their grandsons.


Margaret has always been actively involved in the Deaf community, and was a president of the

Major Angels Club for the Deaf for seven years. Margaret enjoys researching VSDB history and has been a contributor of artifacts for the VSDB Deaf History museum.


In her spare time, Margaret enjoys reading, researching recipes, researching VSDB and family

history, collecting photos, spending time with family and friends, and traveling on bus tours with Harry.

– Thanks to VAD

May 142015

Independent Living Coordinator

for People Who Are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deafblind or Speech Impaired

Must be able to effectively communicate with people who are deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind or speech impaired. Persons with disabilities encouraged to apply.  Must have personal vehicle for local transportation to participants’ homes to assist with installation of assistive technology.  Will work throughout Hampton Roads and maintain regular office hours in Norfolk.

Strong experience within the disability community required.  Prefer an applicant who is a person with a disability or a family member of a person with a disability who has significant experience with equipment used by and life experiences of people who are deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind and who have speech disabilities. Must work from a foundation based on the ethics, advocacy and integrity reflective of consumer control and independence.

Applicants must have following qualifications: college degree preferred (significant experience can be substituted for degree); training or courses in counseling, case management and advocacy; experience working with people who are deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, and who have speech impairments; ability to effectively communicate in the diverse modes used by people who are deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, and who have speech impairments; knowledge and experience with assistive devices used by people who are deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, and have speech impairments; knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; awareness and understanding of the needs of people who deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, and who have speech impairments; knowledge of resources available such as financial assistance, equipment sources and speech and hearing professionals; and experience in developing and coordinating workshops and training.

Applicants must be able to effectively communicate with people who are deaf, hard of hearing or deafblind.

Applicants must have the ability to report findings of assessments; demonstrate a positive regard for people; be persistent and remain objective; work independently; communicate effectively in sign language and in writing; develop a rapport with people from diverse cultural backgrounds; and have own transportation for local travel (mileage reimbursed.)

Position is part-time, 28 hours a week. Salary is $20,344 a year.

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May 142015

Position Information

Working Title VDDHH Administrative Program Specialist
Role Title Admin and Office Spec III – 19013
Job Open Date 05/08/2015
Job Close Date 05/29/2015
Open Until Filled No
Is this position funded in whole or in part by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (Stimulus Package)? No
Hiring Range Negotiable from minimum of band ($24,479)
Agency VA Dept F/T Deaf & Hard of Hear (751)
Agency Website
Location Henrico – 087
Position Number 00011
Job Posting Number 1000892
Type of Recruitment General Public – G
Does this position have telework options? No
Bilingual/Multilingual Skill Requirement/Preference No
Job Type Full-Time (Salaried)
Job Type Detail Full-Time Salaried – Non-Faculty- FTS-1
Pay Band 03
Job Description The Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH) works to reduce communication barriers for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families and the professionals who serve them. VDDHH is seeking a qualified candidate to provide administrative and technical support to the Department’s Technology, Outreach, and Interpreter Services programs.The position serves as the principal point of contact for all VDDHH programs by providing quality customer service through information and referral activities including but not limited to: responding to telephone calls, walk-in consumers, and electronic media as well as maintaining a log of all referrals. This position provides technical support to the VDDHH TAP/L20 equipment distribution program and the Virginia Relay service including but not limited to: demonstration of assistive devices, installation and testing of audio loops, and participation in equipment focus groups. Provides general administrative support to the VDDHH ISP and VQAS programs including but not limited to assisting candidates with testing registration, cataloging and dissemination of candidate testing and results, and updating on-line testing calendars and directories. Data entry into various databases. Provides support to VDDHH management staff for Department Board, Council, and special meetings.
Minimum Qualifications *Demonstrated skills in providing quality customer service
*Demonstrated skills in the use of text telephone (TTY) and multi-line phone system
*Computer software skills (MS Office, database)
*Good problem solving and organizational skills
*Demonstrated ability to apply established policies and procedures to situations and follow supervisor’s instructions
*Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with individuals from varying social and economic environments.
*Effective verbal and written communication with diverse agency customers
*Previous experience and proficiency in utilizing and managing social media (Facebook, Twitter) and website updates
*Previous experience working with the public and in area of human services and/or program support
*High school graduate or equivalent applicable experience or training
Preferred Qualifications *Demonstrated knowledge of social, economic, and psychological issues which impact persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, and speech disabled as it relates to communication access
*Sign language skills and ability to effectively communicate with persons with a hearing loss are highly desired.
Special Requirements
Special Instructions to Applicants The Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing ONLY accepts FULLY completed online applications for all employment opportunities. Please do not refer to “See Resume” on your application; otherwise, it will be considered incomplete.Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 804-726-1919 for assistance. Minorities, people with disabilities, Veterans, and people with National Service are encouraged to apply. EEO/AA/TTY.

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