IAD Legislative Chair Jason Altmann shares the value of a thriving IDHHC in making an impact in Illinois. However, as there remains issues with IDHHC, Jason encourages community members to sign the IAD petition and share their individual respective concerns. This can be done at www.iadeaf.org/IDHHC.


Jason Altmann, IAD Legislative Chair:

Hello, I’m Jason Altmann, your Illinois Association of the Deaf (IAD) Legislative Chairperson. You may have seen on IAD’s website and Facebook page a lot of discussions in regards to the Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission (IDHHC).

Many Deaf community members in Illinois, including many who are also IAD members, have expressed numerous concerns over the past several years about IDHHC’s performance and inability to create partnerships and collaborate with other state agencies to increase access for Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing individuals.

IAD President Corey Axelrod has heard from many individuals during many occasions, including IAD events. After hearing from these concerned individuals, President Axelrod decided it was time to take action.

As the IAD Legislative Chairperson, I recognize the value of a thriving IDHHC in being able to work with legislators, encouraging legislative action and ensuring legislators are aware of the issues impacting individuals who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind. Without an effective IDHHC, it is difficult for the community to remain progressive.

IAD developed a petition where community members can fill out their name and comment on why they are concerned about IDHHC. Please be respectful and diplomatic with your responses. In the past, IDHHC claims they have not heard the community’s concerns. It is now your time to share your concerns and make sure your thoughts are heard.

You can find the petition at www.iadeaf.org/IDHHC. Now’s the time to make sure the commissioners do their job and listen to the Deaf community. Thank you for your time!

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