The Commission has 15 members, eight Regional Advisory Committee representatives and seven at large members. To become a Regional Advisory representative to the Commission, candidates need to have been appointed by the Director of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division and have completed a separate application process. (Minnesota Statute 256C.24).
At least 50 percent of the members must include persons who are deaf, deafblind, and hard-of-hearing, parents of children who are deaf, deafblind, and hard-of-hearing, and representatives of county and regional human services, including representatives of private service providers. In addition to the statutory requirements, the Commission seeks to have the board reflect the racial, indigenous, ethnic, gender and cultural diversity of the state and have skills and expertise needed to support our strategic plan.
We hold four all-day commission meetings each year on the 3rd Friday of January, May, September and November, and three to four shorter business meetings as needed. During our November meeting, we hold a longer board and staff retreat. We also convene work groups and committees to implement the board approved strategic plan.
Terms are for three years. Members may not serve more than two consecutive terms.
A list of current vacancies and the board application information can be found on the Minnesota Secretary of State's Boards and Commissions page.