José-Ovi Velasquez, M.A.

Jose Ovidio "Jose-Ovi" Velasquez born hearing to hearing parents, at the age of nine-months-old became deaf. He was born in a small town in the state of Mexico. He spent most of his childhood in San Antonio, Texas. Jose-Ovi also comes from a primarily hearing family, except for one of his sisters who is Deaf and who is a certified interpreter for the Deaf.  He began his education at the Regional Day School for Deaf in his entire life until graduated at Sam Houston High School in 1985.  He graduated from Gallaudet University with a Bachelor Degree in Communication Studies in 2004 and then graduated from Lamar University with a Master's degree in Deaf Education/Deaf Studies in 2007.  He is currently employed as a beloved American Sign Language (ASL) at SHSU.   Jose-Ovi is a professional educator at the elementary, high school, and university levels for over 10 years.  One of his biggest interest is community work, making a better community /environment for deaf/ hard of hearing individuals. Teaching them to become leaders to become involved in their community. He has a strong belief in empowering the Deaf Youth because they are our Future. 

At the present time he is on the board of the Texas Association of the Deaf, board member of Gallaudet University Alumni Association, and Advisory Board for Interpreter Training Program at Lone Star College.  His Latino pride rose when he attended his first hispano conference and then become vice president of Texas Latino Council for Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  He then realized how important it is to increase Latino awareness.  Jose-Ovi enjoys giving his presentation in hope that it will inspire others to become active in Latino organizations. 

Current research interests

  • LEAD-K (Language Equality and Acquisition for Deaf Kids)
  • Interpreter Right
  • Law Enforcement

Selected Publications/Works/ Conferences

Professional Development

National Association of the Deaf Conference, Phoenix, Arizona, 2016

National Association of the Deaf Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, 2014

American Sign Language Teacher Association Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina, 2013

Successful Teaching, The Broad Range of Learners, Starting Out Right, Huntsville, Texas, 2012

Communication Skills Workshop, Austin, Texas, 2011

Texas Society Interpreter for the Deaf Conference, Corpus Christi, Texas, 2011

Texas Association for the Deaf Conference, Big Spring, Texas, 2011

Texas Latino Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Conference, Corpus Christi, Texas, 2011

National Council Latino for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Conference, Chicago, Illinois, 2010

Texas Association for the Deaf Conference, San Antonio, Texas, 2009

Videos

Harris, R. L. & Velasquez, J. O. (2015).  Survey methods.  In R. Harris & F. Williams (Eds.), Research and Evaluation in Education and Psychology, ASL Version (25:53 m.).  Austin, TX: ASLChoice.
Article:

Andrews, J., Martin, T., & Velasquez J. (April 2007). The Need for Additional Latino Professionals in Deaf Education.  The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education. Vol. 17, No. 14, P. 40-43.
 

Presentations

The Growing Deaf Latinx since 1970’s, TAD Town Hall, El Paso, Texas – June 2016
BILINGUAL: Yes, I am.  True?, NCHDHH Conference, Albquerque, New Mexico – October 2014
Growing Deaf Latino Since 1970’s, ILDA’s Deaf Latino Awareness Day, Chicago, Illinois – October 2013
The Growing Deaf Latino Since 1970’s, NCHDHH Conference, Austin, Texas – September 2012
The Growing Deaf Latino Since 1970’s, TSD – CSW, Austin, Texas – July 2012
The Growing Deaf Latino Since 1970’s, Lone Star College (NHC), Houston, Texas – July 2012
You and Me ~ SAME?, Atascocita High School, Humble, Texas – January 2012
For White People Only, the Growing Deaf Latinos, TAD Conference, Big Spring, Texas – June 2011
Understanding Deafhood, TLCDHH Conference, Corpus Christi, Texas – October 2010
Future Deaf Latino Leaders, STARR, Laredo, Texas – August 2010
Future Deaf Latino Leaders, UTPA, Brownsville, Texas – May 2010
El Dia De Los Muertos, NCHDHH Conference, Chicago, Illinois – May 2010
What is the purpose of TLCDHH?, DCST, Brownsville, Texas – October 2009
About Me, Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, Texas – September 2009
El Dia De Los Muertos, TLCDHH Conference, McAllen, Texas - October 2008
The Need for Additional Latino Professionals in Deaf Education, TAD Conference, Austin, Texas – September 2006
ASL/English Bilingual Bicultural Methodology, Region 19, El Paso, Texas – December 2005

List of courses regularly taught at SHSU

SGNL 1401: Elementary ASL I

SGNL 1402: Elementary ASL II

SGNL 2311: Intermediate ASL I

SGNL 2312: Intermediate ASL II