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MNCDHH works with the community and policymakers to address deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing individuals' unmet employment needs. We advocate for laws and policies that will reduce barriers to finding jobs commensurate with each individual's level of education, skills, and experience.

The 2014-2019 Strategic Plan Employment Goal and Indicators: Increase employment opportunities and employment

Key Indicators:
Employment Rate (We will compare the employment rate for people who are deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing over time to determine progress and advancement, as well as, comparing them geographically around Minnesota)

MN State Employment Rate (We will monitor the State of Minnesota's employment rate for people who are deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing to make certain that the terms outlined in the Governor's Executive Order 14-14 are met)

MN State Contract Rate (We will monitor the percentage of people who are deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing and other people with disabilities who bid for and receive state contracts.)

Business Supports (We will monitor the dollars available and actually accessed by businesses hiring people who are deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing over time and the number of people who have obtained. advanced or retained employment as a result.)

We accomplish this by implementing the recommendations made by the Governor's Workforce Development Council Policy Recommendations contained in their report, All Hands on Deck. Read more about our Employment Task Force.

What are the issues?

The percentage of people with disabilities who participate in the workforce has not increased since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (external link) was passed in 1990.

The lack of a centralized fund for accommodations for MNSCU (external link).

The lack of disaggregated deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing employment data.

The lack of reliable data on the percentage of contracts by the state that go to people with disabilities.

The lack of alternatives to the Accuplacer for predicting post-secondary student success.

The lack of consistent coordinated training and technical assistance on the needs of students who are deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing specialist at MNSCU campuses.

The lack of training for Coordinators of the Office of Students with Disabilities in MNSCU.

Communication Access in the Workplace
Get updates on efforts to address workplace communication issues in the hiring process, educate employers about deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing employees to improve access to employment, and advocate for accessible Workforce Centers.

Latest employment updates

Central Accommodations Fund has been Created!
Jan 13, 2016 - After 6 years of advocacy, the Central Accommodations Fund has been created!

Past work

Information on our past work with employment is available under Our Successes.

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