Respect for Identities
With respect to identities, community members identify in different ways. Some prefer Deaf or deaf. Some prefer hard of hearing, a person with a hearing loss, or a person with a hearing difference. Some prefer DeafDisabled or DeafPlus, while others prefer to be more specific such as DeafAutistic. There may be additional identities not listed here. The Commission uses “deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing,” in an all-inclusive manner. The phrase is included in our organization's name, tagline, and mission statement.
The Commission's acronym, MNCDHH, is as short as possible to help people remember. 'MN' is for Minnesota (two other state commissions have 'M' so adding the 'N' makes us distinctive and reduces confusion). 'CDHH' is traditionally used by commissions across the country. This is only an acronym and does not replace the Commission's full name. We also go by 'the Commission' for short.
We believe that everyone has a place at this table. We believe different identities can come together and collaboratively work on systemic improvements. Together, we can improve our quality of life.