A lot is happening and we have lots of news to share this week. The Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind & Hard of Hearing Minnesotans board met in January and added to the legislative agenda, the Governor released his budget proposal this week, and the legislature is already busy hearing and passing bills. Additions to Legislative Agenda
First the additions to the legislative agenda:
The Commission voted to also support three measures related to education and one related to communication access. The three related to education are:
Support funding and infrastructure requests for the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf
Support increased funding for Deaf ABE (Adult Basic Education) provided in ASL
Require that a student’s need for assistive technology be considered when developing an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or Individual Family Support Plan (IFSP)
The proposal related to communication access is:
Oppose efforts to weaken laws that require business’s websites to be accessible
Now that the Governor has released his budget proposal, we know that we will support another initiative for vocational rehabilitation:
Eliminate waiting lists for Vocational Rehabilitation Services by requesting $3.5 million a year for a total of $7 million.
The Minnesota Capitol Building has been undergoing restoration since 2015. The renovation is still ongoing but we were able to return the Capitol in 2017! [Screenshot: Changes at the Capitol]
So far, there have been many wonderful changes.
Camp Courage North has been running a summer camp for youth from the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community since 1972. We are revving up for our 2017 Northern Lights, Deaf and Hard of Hearing camp, and I would deeply appreciate your help in getting the word out! We have so many exciting new activities planned that we want to share!
Save the date! The Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans (MNCDHH) is pleased to announce that Lobby Day will be held on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at the Capitol in St. Paul.