[Screenshot of MNCDHH logo with the words: 2016 MNCDHH Legislative Agenda]
[A man dressed in black appears. He begins to sign.] The Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans (MNCDHH) is excited to announce our 2016 Legislative Agenda.
[Screenshot of the words: Education: Pre-K at the Metro Deaf School]
[The man appears and begins to sign.] Ensure that parents of deaf 2 1/2 to 4 year olds
who want to send their children to the Metro Deaf School for pre-K, where they will receive instruction in American Sign Language. This bill will provide parents with the funding
to make this option a reality.
[Screenshot of the words: Education: Tweak Requirements for Education Reports]
[The man appears and begins to sign.] Education reports for deaf and hard of hearing children
are currently annual. MNCDHH wants to change this twice a year.
[Screenshot of the words: Age-Related Hearing Loss: Division on Healthy Aging]
[The man appears and begins to sign.] Age-related hearing loss is a serious issue Minnesota Senior citizens. Our proposal require the Dept. of Health to create a division focused on healthy aging with some resources focused on age-related hearing loss.
[Screenshot of the words: Community Access: The State should invest in “deaf and hard-of-hearing-friendly” environments.]
[The man appears and begins to sign.] Projects paid for with state funding should be built with acoustical standards in mind and include Hearing Loops, when financially feasible for the projects. This bill has already been introduced as House File (HF) 2057 by Representative Tama Theis and Senate File (SF) 1784 by Senator Ann Rest [both Files and Legislator names appear in pop up box].
[Screenshot of the words: Community Access: Hospital waiting rooms and government entities
should keep the closed captioning activated.]
[The man appears and begins to sign.] The State should require that in hospital waiting rooms
and when the state and local governments provide access to TVs, closed captioning always be on.
[Screenshot of the words: Community Access: Ensure access when interacting with the criminal justice system.]
[The man appears and begins to sign.] Require law enforcement whenever they arrest someone
who is deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing to note this in their database just as they collect information about race and age. The change would be to add if someone is deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing. The data would be collected to know how many people are in the criminal justice system. Require a report to the legislature on the number of deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing people who are in jail or prison; also, report on what type of accommodations are provided and how much is spent on accommodations. Currently, interpreting services
for deaf and hard of hearing people under arrest is inconsistent. The commission proposes requiring a task force to study how police & jails can have 24/7 access to interpreters
In jails, most inmates have access to telephones to contact friends and family much of the time;
Because of laws limiting inmate’s access to the internet, the same is not true for deaf inmates
who use ASL to communicate. Minnesota needs to ensure that accommodations can be made to allow access to deaf inmates to use videophones to communicate with friends and family in ASL.
[Screenshot of the words: For more information mn.gov/deaf-commission/]