About the 5-Year Strategic Plan
MNCDHH created these videos to share important goals for the next 5 years. These 6 goals were officially voted on by the board in 2014, after surveying the deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing community on what issues they would like us to work on to best represent the community's needs.
All videos are signed in American Sign Language (ASL), have transcripts, and have closed captioning.
In addition, the full MNCDHH 5-Year Goals and Strategies (PDF) is available.
Introduction to the 5-Year Goals and Strategies of the Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind & Hard of Hearing Minnesotans (Est. 2014)
— This is an introduction to a series of vlogs that will explain MNCDHH's goals and strategies for the next 5 years (2014-2018). You are encouraged to become involved and help us accomplish great things for the deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing community. Three board members, Tracy Ivy, Dr. Nancy Diener, and Jason Valentine, are in the videos.
Goal #1: Improved Educational Outcomes (Est. 2014)
— Improved educational outcomes - Children and youths will graduate with skills commensurate with their hearing peers, have positive social skills and relationships and will be ready to enter post-secondary education and or the workforce.
1. Host, support, implement and evaluate the MN Collaborative Outcomes Education Plan initiatives.
2. Advocate for and support quality, culturally and linguistically appropriate, evidence-based services for all Minnesota children and families.
3. Advance legislation that provides a framework for academic placement, communication centered IEPs and high standards for staff to provide culturally appropriate instruction in all modalities.
Goal #2: Increased Employment Opportunities (Est. 2014)
— Increased employment opportunities for adults and youths through increased communication access, supports, and training that result in jobs commensurate with their level of education, skills, and experience.
1. Secure an executive order to increase state government employment of people who are deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing and support its implementation.
2. Establish a centralized accommodations fund for communication access within state government and promote it as a best practice in other sectors.
3. Educate employers about D/DB/HH employees to improve access to employment; address workplace communication issues the hiring process, and advocate for accessible Workforce Centers.
4. Increase access to post-secondary training programs, apprenticeships and internships, and employment through advocacy for implementation of the state's Olmstead Plan and fostering creative solutions from providers and agencies.
Goal #3: Recognition of Age-Related Hearing Loss (Est. 2014)
— Recognition of age-related hearing loss as a public health issue to support healthy aging by increasing early identification of hearing loss, providing access to needed services and products, thus abating long term costs of caring for elderly citizens.
1. Create a Task Force of agencies and councils that address aging and hearing loss to set direction for this effort and build allies and support throughout MN.
2. Insure access to affordable, high quality assistive listening devices, including hearing aids and the training needed to use them.
3. Develop a communication plan that increases awareness of hearing loss and healthy aging for family members, care providers, and consumers.
Goal #4: Improved Communication Access, Stronger Regional Advisory Committees (Est. 2014)
— Improved communication access to local and statewide services and strong Regional Advisory Committees.
1. Support and strengthen the capacity of the DHHSD Regional Service Centers staff to serve by fostering relationships with the Advisory Committee and local policy makers and by increasing the training they provide to the public on the communication needs of people with hearing loss.
2. Work with DHHSD to plan and advocate for the Telecommunication Access Fund and 911 systems to meet the State's ever changing communication access needs.
3. Advocate for DHHSD to take a lead role in making affordable broadband available at speeds that support video remote interpreter access and video phones in greater MN.
4. Advocate with DHHSD for a high level of competence in ASL by employees and consultants who work with people who are D/DB/HH, especially interpreters and mental health practitioners.
5. Continue to work with the Metropolitan Airport Commission to monitor and improve communication access for travelers who are deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing.
Goal #5: Increased Civic Engagement (Est. 2014)
Increased civic engagement and development of leadership skills for people who are deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing.
1. Educate the community on the legislative process and the skills and practices necessary to influence policy makers.
2. Conduct "Lobby Day" and provide the training, information and supports necessary to mobilize citizens to advocate for issues vital to the community
3. Educate legislators, communities, and the general public on priority public policy issues set by the Commission.
4. Work with Secretary of State and the Campaign Finance Board to eliminate barriers to voting and the political process.
Goal #6: Increased Organizational Capacity (Est. 2014)
— Increased organizational capacity to support the plan.
1. Expand, orient, and train staff and consultants needed statewide to support the organizational and strategic goals.
2. Provide consistent, accurate, timely information on commission activities and progress through a communication plan that utilizes face to face communication, the website, social media, and technology.
3. Support and maintain the organizational infrastructure to gather and analyze data, develop timely reports, financial statements and inform policy makers and stakeholders of constituent needs and program/service outcomes.