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The Citizen Advocate Award is awarded to individuals who have done exemplary work in advocating for and with deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing Minnesotans.

[Slide with MNCDHH’s logo, and the following text, “Citizen Award”]

[Jer Loudenback appears onscreen. He begins to sign.]

Jer: The Citizen Advocate Award goes to, Advocates for the Fairview Chemical Dependency Program. They as a group of concerned advocates were selected for this award because they fought against the closure of the Fairview Chemical Dependency Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. They met with their legislators, they met with hospital staff, they protested peacefully, they reached out to the media, and did everything they could to save the program. While the program was shut down, they were able to convince the hospital to guarantee 30 hours a week of interpreting services and retain some of the staff. Congratulations!

[Video clip of protesters with signs standing outside of a building.]

[Picture of four advocates holding a sign with this text, “Deaf deserve Accessible Treatment.”]

[Picture of Michael Jones, Kelsey Dahl, Lilly Steinbruckner, Senator Jim Carlson, Alicia Lane-Outlaw, and Jessalyn Akerman-Frank standing together.]

[Slide with MNCDHH’s logo, picture with at least ten advocates holding signs in front of a building, and the following text, “Citizen Award. Advocates for the Fairview Chemical Dependency Program.”]

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