Save the date! The Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans (MNCDHH) is pleased to announce that Lobby Day will be held on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at the Capitol in St. Paul.
Lobby Day is a great opportunity for Minnesotans who are deaf, deafblind, hard of hearing and hearing to rally at the Capitol and meet with their legislators. You can share issues that are important to you with your legislators. Possible examples include:
Increase funding for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division, including grants for Support Service Providers (SSPs) and Intervenors for children and adults who are deafblind as well as mental health services.
More funding for MNCDHH to increase communication access.
More training for service providers who work with older adults on the effects of age-related hearing loss.
More funding for Deaf Mentors, who teach ASL to parents of children who are deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing.
There are many organizations involved with Lobby Day, including:
Deaf & Hard of Hearing Role Model Program and the Deaf Mentor Family Program (Lifetrack Resources)
DeafBlind Services of Minnesota
Hearing Loss Association of America – Twin Cities
Keystone Interpreting Solutions (KIS)
Metro Deaf School
Minnesota Association of Deaf Citizens
Minnesota Deaf Muslim Community
Minnesota DeafBlind Association
Minnesota Employment Center (Lifetrack Resources, Rise, Inc., and Minnesota Vocational Rehabilitation Services)
Minnesota Hands and Voices (Lifetrack Resources)
Minnesota Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (MRID)
Minnesota State Academies
St. Paul & Minneapolis Black Deaf Advocates
We are expecting at least 300 people to participate in Lobby Day. Come and be one of them!
The earlier we know you are joining us, the better we can prepare. You can go ahead and RSVP online now. Yes, I want to register to attend Lobby Day.
Don't come alone. Encourage your family and friends to participate, whether they are deaf, deafblind, hard of hearing or hearing. Share this information and tell them to RSVP today!
MNCDHH will announce more details about Lobby Day soon. Watch for our future announcements!