- Mature Learning
Viers "retired" from running a data processing service bureau business due to a severe hearing loss developed during his years in close proximity to large, noisy computers. He subsequently became involved with both Hard of Hearing and Deaf issues. Over the course of a number of years, he learned sign language and acquired a Masters degree in Rehabilitation Counseling: Deafness (RCD). He also was the founding President of these organizations, all of which are still going strong: both the Portland chapter and Oregon state association of Hearing Loss Association of America, and the Oregon Communication Access Project (responsible for the beginning or increase in Captioning at such organizations as the Shakespearean Festival, Oregon State University, the University of Oregon, Portland's Center for the Performing Arts, and the Blazers basketball games). In addition, he has served on numerous other Boards and Committees connected to disabilities. He has also been employed at two different Deaf/Hard of Hearing Centers.