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Advocacy & Issues

Upper level of Capitol Rotunda with lobbyists

Advocacy is the heart of what we do. Since 1985, the Commission has been advocating with community members for public policies that increase communication access and equal opportunity for deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing children and adults. By working together we have made significant changes in state laws and rules and created or increased funding for programs that support communication access and equal opportunity.

Every five years the Commission conducts a strategic planning process. During our most recent cycle, over 600 Minnesotans gave input by participating in one on one interviews, focus groups or online surveys. In 2014-2019, the Commission members voted to advocate for goals that will result in the following outcomes:

Our 2014-2019 strategic 5 year plan is available in both English and ASL.

We also work on special interest causes that have a impact on the deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing community. These special topics are health care and closed captioning.

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