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Civic Online Training

The internet offers many different platforms to reach audiences in ways that unite people with information. MNCDHH noticed a variety of critical gaps in resources on voting and advocacy, that is accessible to people who are deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing. Steps needed to be taken to address this disparity. 

Who this impacts

  • Community advocates (and voters) who are deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing
  • Family advocates (and voters) of children who are deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing
  • Supporters (and voters) of people who are deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing
  • Legislators who have people who are deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing in their district or come across issues who are near and dear to the community's heart

Solution

MNCDHH saw how important it is for concerned citizens to know how to effectively advocate for or against policy on local, state, and national policy issues. In 2008, MNCDHH developed an online ASL course called “Making Your Case” that takes participants step by step in this process. 

MNCDHH also wanted to share voting information with the public. In 2012, MNCDHH collaborated with the Secretary of State to form "Minnesota Votes," a video series. In 2016, MNCDHH hired 2 Certified Deaf Interpreters (CDIs) and worked with the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State and ZenMation to create and release 14 voter education videos.

All materials are available in American Sign Language (ASL) and English, with captioning, voiceover, and descriptive transcripts.

Who was involved?

  • MNCDHH
  • Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State
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