Hosted the 2019 Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Day at the Capitol, which included ASL Capitol tours hosted by tour guides/community members for the first time ever. Estimate 250 people attended the rally with awards. Almost all of those who had appointments with their legislators made their appointments, which was the lowest percentage of no shows ever.
We created and tried a new program, Lobby Tuesday/Thursday this year, which means we trained community members either 1:1 or in small groups on how to meet with their legislators. Forty-eight people received Lobby Tuesday/Thursday training this year.
The Capitol restoration was complete enough for legislators and citizens to begin using it again! The construction included improvements to benefit all Capitol visitors including increased seating, bathrooms on every floor, a Mother's Room, better WiFi, changes to entrances, assistive listening (hearing loops and FM systems), closed captioning, and Capitol tours.
Roughly 178 people signed up for legislative appointments with their legislators. An estimated 300-400 people were present at the rally and awards ceremony. You made a great difference, thank you! Special thanks to the legislators who helped with the Lobby Day events: Representative Matt Dean (rally), Senator Karin Housley (rally), Senator Joe Hoffman (rally), Representative Peggy Flanagan (rally), Senator Ann Rest (rally), and Senator Foung Hawj (morning training).
Participated in the Minnesota State Capitol Grand Opening Celebration and provided advice on accessibility and accommodations.
Over 125 members of the deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing community as well as parents, professionals, and supporters met with their legislators on March 4, 2015. We were not able to use the Capitol due to the construction but it was still a great event! The following legislators participated in events: Senator Dick Cohen (speaker), Representative Brian Daniels (speaker), and Senator Jeremy Miller (trainer). The following groups participated: District 287 - Vector North Program, Metro Deaf School, Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf, and CSD: Adult Basic Education.
Successfully organized the biggest Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing Lobby Day to date; 600 people attended, 180 appointments with legislators, 2 training sessions were provided at the capitol and 14 training sessions in schools and the community. The Governor was the keynote speaker for the first time in MNCDHH history.
In collaboration with the Legislative Coordinating Commission (LCC) created a 9 part video series that provides a guide to accessibility features at the Capitol in ASL that is captioned.
Advocated for and obtained funds for the Legislative Coordinating Commission (LCC) to provide real-time captions of live floor sessions and committee hearings.
2002 and ongoing
Provide training to legislative staff on how to communicate with and arrange for interpreters for constituents who are deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing. (Subsequent years: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013)
2001 and ongoing
Coordinate Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing Lobby Day at the Capitol during budget years. Over 500 people attend. The number of people who participate usually increases at each event. (Subsequent years: 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017)