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Goal #4: Improved Communication Access, Stronger Regional Advisory Committees Transcript

MNCDHH Goal #4: Improved Communication Access, Stronger Regional Advisory Committees

(Signed by Tracy Ivy, Commission Member)

We are working to improve communication access in both local and statewide services as well as developing stronger Regional Advisory Committees.

What's a Regional Advisory Committee? That's a group of people who help identify what needs improvements for Deaf, Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind people. We want to support and strengthen the capacity of the DHHSD Regional Service Center staff. 

We will foster relationships with Advisory Committees and local policy makers -who help develop policies and laws - by increasing the amount of training DHHSD staff provide to the public on communication needs of people with hearing loss.

We will also work with DHHSD to plan and advocate for the Telecommunication Access Fund and 911 systems that will help meet the state's ever-changing technology and communication access needs.  

With your help, we will advocate for DHHSD to take the lead in creating affordable broadband available at speeds that allow video phones and remote interpreter access in Greater Minnesota.

Also with your help, we will advocate with DHHSD for a high level of competence in ASL by employees and consultants who work with people who are Deaf, DeafBlind or Hard of Hearing - especially interpreters and mental health practitioners.

Lastly, and quite importantly, we will continue to work with the Metropolitan Airport Commission to monitor and improve communication access for travelers who are Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing.

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