The Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans (MNCDHH) is a governor-appointed Commission that advocates for communications access and equal opportunity with the 20% of Minnesotans who are deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing.
We work with the community to:
- Identify barriers to communication access and equal opportunity
- Develop solutions
- Empower by building community capacity
- Advocate through civic engagement
All of our policy initiatives are developed by convening diverse stakeholders to create a five year strategic plan. We develop public policy solutions to barriers faced in education, health care, technology, access to public services and employment. We work across agencies, branches of state government and nonprofit organizations. We have a strong history of successful legislative agendas. The comprehensive list is available on our past successes page.
We carefully plan our legislative agenda by meeting and vetting our proposals with stakeholders prior to coming to the legislature. Our stakeholders include national experts in health care, education, employment and technology. We also collaborate with community organizations and representatives who will be directly affected by the decisions made by the legislature. During our meetings, we provide full access to all participants. The provided accommodations includes sign language interpreters, loop technology and CART (captioning). Our meeting minutes, a directory of who we are, and the current issues on our agenda are all available to the public.
MNCDHH helped me share my personal testimony with legislators about two of my three daughters, Sophia and Linnea, who have severe-profound hearing losses. Minnesota was far behind other states with early hearing detection and I am pleased that through the efforts of MNCDHH and stakeholders active in passing EHDI legislation, children with hearing loss will have the opportunity to reach their full potential. By catching hearing loss early, we can make monumental differences in the lives of children and families, regardless of the communication option chosen.
-Trent Brown (testified before the House Health and Human Services Committee to advocate for EHDI legislation)