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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.

MNCDHH's 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
  • State of Minnesota 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
  • State of Minnesota 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) was passed in 1990.
  • The lack of a centralized fund for accommodations for Minnesota State.
  • 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 goes 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 Minnesota State campuses.
  • The lack of training for Coordinators of the Office of Students with Disabilities in Minnesota State.

Latest employment updates

VRS State Rehabilitation Council Open Positions (English)
The State Rehabilitation Council - General has a seat open for a Disability Advocacy Groups Rep. Serving on this volunteer council is an excellent way to have an influence on employment-related public policy. Applications must be sent in by April 6, 2018, to be considered. Serving on the council is a volunteer position.

My Experience with Connect 700: Eric Nooker (ASL/English)
Connect 700 is a trial state employment work program for people with disabilities with the goal of becoming an official state employee.

Learn about the Connect 700 Program (ASL/English)
Learn more about the program and how to participate.

The Eggert Sisters take on the Super Bowl! (ASL/English)
Deaf, deafblind & hard of hearing people #CanDoAnything

2nd Annual Career Fair at the State of Minnesota (ASL/English)
Attendees will learn about current job openings, network with state leaders, and attend resume and application workshops.

Funding for Vocational Rehabilitation Services Correction (ASL/English)
The 2017 Legislature awarded $3.5 million/year to Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) for the next 2 years. Category 1 services will remain open to new people who qualify, Categories 2-4 will keep a waiting list.

Statewide State of Minnesota Career Fair (ASL/English)
The State of Minnesota is actively recruiting prospective candidates for open positions in a variety of career fields. Come and meet us.

Minnesota Employment Center (MEC) is Expanding Services (ASL/English)
Thanks to funding received from the 2016 Legislative Session, the Minnesota Employment Center for People who are Deaf, DeafBlind or Hard of Hearing (MEC) is expanding their services to cover Duluth, St. Cloud and Faribault, in addition to the work they already do in the Twin Cities area. 

Central Accommodations Fund has been Created! (ASL/English)
After 6 years of advocacy, the Central Accommodations Fund has been created!

Executive Order: State Hiring People with Disabilities (English)
Governor Mark Dayton Orders State Agencies to Increase Hiring Workers with Disabilities

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